PhD Research Fellow Position in Computer-aided Design and Modelling of Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Faculty of Engineering and Business Administration Norway

On January 1st, 2017, Bergen University College, Sogn og Fjordane University College and Stord/Haugesund University College merged to form Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.


With about 16,000 students, it will be one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes will be offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels.


Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal. 


PhD research fellow position in Computer-aided design and modelling of biomaterials for Tissue Engineering.


Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Faculty of Engineering and Business Administration has an open position for a PhD research fellow in Computer-aided design and modelling of biomaterials for Tissue Engineering.


The PhD research fellows will be affiliated with the faculty’s ICT-oriented strategic research programme on ICT engineering ( which currently includes 20 professors and associate professors, 15 PhD students, and a number of master’s students.  The ICT engineering research environment at HVL, Campus Bergen has a strong focus on use-inspired and applied research, and on ICT as an enabling technology. The research environment has cooperation with many national and international research groups, and with national and regional industry partners. The programme includes the research themes of software engineering, engineering computing, sensor networks, and grid computing.


The PhD research fellows will be part of the research group on Engineering Computing ( The research group on engineering computing works in the interface between computational mathematics, computer science, and engineering, which includes topics from numerical analysis, computational methods for ordinary- and partial differential equations, variational image processing, geometric numerical integration, algebra, operads and algebraic geometry. It is also conducting research on advanced nanomaterials for Photovoltaic applications, energy storage and health applications. A variety of nano materials are simulated, synthesized and characterized for different purposes.


The main task for the PhD candidate will be focused on modelling and simulation of multi-structural, large bone scaffolds with mechanical strength and surface layer properties suitable for cell adhesion and tissue generation based on new technologies already tested in other markets.


The specific tasks could be modelling and optimization of design, architecture and construction of 3-D printed multi-component scaffolds to improve mechanical properties and support vascularisation within the entire volume of the implant. Gradients in stiffness, degradation profiles, porosity or mechanical/biological properties are an important strategy for improving vascularisation. The objective will be achieved by developing computer-aided design technology to predict suitable pore size, filament size and orientation to control mechanical strength, cell adhesion, formability and in vitro and in vivo degradation profiles. By combining three-dimensional imaging, flow modeling, and numerical simulation of scaffold physical properties, and by using the synthesized biodegradable polymers and composites, it is aimed to develop a novel 3D printed custom-made scaffold/biomaterial as a carrier for stem cells and for personalized medicine.


This PhD research project will be part of the research collaboration between HVL and Tissue Engineering research group at Department of Clinical Dentistry, Center for Clinical Dental Research, UiB who are aiming to implement stem cell therapy and biomaterials for bone regeneration as an alternative of bone grafts. The project at HVL will also aim to develop software tools to model bone structures and to assess the relationship between bone morphology and load transfer to optimize the design of the implants.



The PhD research fellow should have master's degree computational and applied mathematics, mathematical biology or computational materials sciences or in a closely related field, or have submitted the master's thesis before the application deadline. In the latter case, it is required that the master`s degree be awarded within 4 weeks after the applications deadline. A solid background in finite element modeling will be considered an advantage.


In addition to the required educational background, the following criteria will be evaluated: competence and grades on completed course work, quality of the master's thesis (excellent grade, equivalent of grade B or better on the ECTS grading system), publications (if any), research and teaching experience, practical software engineering skills and experience. A possible outline of a research plan for a potential PhD project will also be taken into account.


The candidate must be diligent and display the ability to work independently, supplemented with regular guidance, and is expected to carry out high-quality research and to publish the results in international workshops, conferences, and journals.


The PhD research fellow must enroll in the PhD programme in Computer Science: Software Engineering, Sensor Networks and Engineering Computing at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and must meet the formal admission requirements for admission into the PhD programme. 25% of the 4-year period will be designated to duties such as teaching, development and administrative tasks. The employment period may be reduced if the successful applicant has held previous employment as a research fellow. The PhD candidate will be assigned two academic supervisor(s) at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. An application for enrolment should first be submitted after an appointment is made and the supervisor(s) will help with this procedure. The candidate must be enrolled as a PhD student within 3 months from the start of the employment.


Application procedure


Applications will be evaluated by an expert panel of three members.


Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).


The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment to the online application:

  • Master thesis

  • Copies of selected academic publications (no more than 15)

  • A CV with a complete list of academic publications

  • Diplomas and certificates


Applicants should indicate which publications or parts of publications should be given special consideration in the evaluation. If the documents submitted are not in a Scandinavian language or in English, the applicants must submit certified translations of these. The transcripts must specify the topics, the course works, and the grades at the bachelor`s and master`s degree levels.


Applicants should note that the evaluation will be based on the documentation submitted electronically via Jobbnorge within the submission deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date. It is of utmost importance that all publications to be considered in the evaluation are uploaded as an attachment with the application, since these are sent electronically to the expert panel. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.




Initial salaries will be offered at grade 50 (code 1017) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale. There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see for more information).


The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

General information


The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.


State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.


Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected. 


Applicants may be called in for an interview.






Professor Dhayalan Velauthapillai,

phone:  (+47) 55 58 77 11, e-mail:


Professor Talal Rahman,

phone: (+47) 55 58 72 46, e-mail:

Professor Håvard Helstrup, Coordinator of PhD Program on ICT Engineering,

phone: (+47) 55 58 75 61, e-mail:

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