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PhD Position in Applied Computational Life Sciences 100 %

PhD Position in Applied Computational Life Sciences 100 %

School: Life Sciences und Facility Management
Starting date: October 1st, 2021

Your role

The architecture of the supplying brain blood vessels impacts the occurrence and severity of common cerebrovascular diseases such as ischemic strokes or intracranial aneurysms. In this project, the PhD candidate will study methods to efficiently quantify the variability in human cerebral vasculature and how this variability is linked to cerebrovascular pathologies. The candidate will employ geometric and graph-based models of the vasculature to analyze and profile the cerebral angioarchitecture in large patient cohorts. The range of methods to use includes medical image analysis, machine learning, medical statistics and quantitative morphology. This PhD project is shared between the Biomedical Simulation Group at ZHAW (Prof. Dr. Sven Hirsch) and the Department of Quantitative Biomedicine (Prof. Dr. Björn Menze) at the University of Zurich. We have a strong competence in biomedical image processing and machine learning. The clinical partners at the University Hospitals Geneva and Zurich will provide data and clinical expertise. Upon successful completion of the PhD program, the doctoral degree will be awarded by the University of Zurich.

Your profile

  • Enthusiasm for translating cutting edge research into clinical practice
  • Positive mindset, eagerness to learn, creativity in problem-solving
  • Master's degree in computer science, physics or an engineering discipline
  • Profound expertise in software development and an interest in medical image processing, machine learning and data science
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Excellent university track record
  • Profound knowledge of English (written and oral)

This is what we stand for

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland's largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 14'000 students and 3'400 faculty and staff.

Das dürfen Sie erwarten

Wir bieten hochschulgerechte Arbeits- und Anstellungsbedingungen und fördern aktiv die Personalentwicklung unserer Mitarbeitenden und Führungspersonen. Eine detaillierte Beschreibung der Vorteile finden Sie auf der Seite «Arbeiten an der ZHAW». Hier die wichtigsten Eckpunkte:


Sven Hirsch
Head of Research/Focus Area, ZHAW digital health lab
Head Biomedical Simulation Lab


Viola Gerber
Recruiting Manager


ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Wädenswil City of Zurich/Lakeside 8820