PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Linköping University, Sweden

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (www.imt.liu.se) is a national center for research and education within the field of medical technology. The research is based on the needs within health care and is carried out in close cooperation with the medical industry and medical clinics.
Our research group in medical informatics is internationally known, among other things for our work with the development of new theories and algorithms for analysis of multidimensional data.
Successful applications include; analysis of local image structure, adaptive filtering of volume sequences and imaging of
brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
Currently we have an open position for a PhD student in medical informatics at the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Background: The aim of medical informatics is to develop general methods in order to find the best representations and presentations of different types of information. We are currently seeking a PhD student in medical informatics, specializing in neuro-economics and multidimensional signal analysis. In neuro-economics, the parts of the brain that are activated at different decisions are studied, with the aim to investigate the neurological mechanisms that govern economic decision making. The analysis of neuro-economic data has some major challenges, thus, to develop and to improve statistical analysis is central to the development of the field of neuro-economics. Work within this new
position will be a part of the research conducted at the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (www.cmiv.liu.se).

Duties: In this research project various MRI techniques (fMRI, MRI, DTI) will be combined with economic experiments. Here, economic decision making is defined very broadly and includes financial risk-taking, altruism, the perception of fairness, and trust. Very large amounts of image data will be produced during the planned trials. Main duties include the implementation of efficient algorithms and methods for analyzing and objectively evaluating the results obtained, in terms of relationships between brain structure, brain activity and economic decision making. This
means that a special focus will be on multidimensional and multivariate signal analysis.
Requirements: Interested candidates should have a Master’s degree
in mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, or a related field. Experience with medical image analysis, manifold learning and statistical modelling is an advantage. Experience with computer programming (MATLAB, C or C++), strong theoretical skills, and the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team are required.
Contact: In the first instance, please contact Prof Hans Knutsson (knutte@imt.liu.se) attaching a CV with your academic record. Last date of application is February 10th 2012.

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