PhD Scholarship in Validation and Quantification of Super Resolution Ultrasound Imaging using Micro-CT
DTU
Denmark

PhD scholarship in Validation and Quantification of Super Resolution Ultrasound Imaging using Micro-CT

 

A 3-year PhD scholarship is available at the Center for Fast Ultrasound Imaging (CFU), Department of Health Technology from September 2022 sponsored by the European Research Council (ERC) and the Department of Health Technology (DTU Health Tech) at DTU. It is conducted in collaboration between CFU and the MEMS group at DTU Health Tech, DTU Compute, the University of Copenhagen, and the Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet) in the ERC Synergy Grant “3-D Super resolution Ultrasound Real time imaging of Erythrocytes” - SURE.

 

The SURE project develops and researches a new super resolution ultrasound imaging method capable of resolving 3-D capillary flow in the human body. The approach tracks the motion of the individual red blood cells (erythrocytes) in a three-dimensional volume for a full visualization of anatomy, flow, and perfusion. The approach can potentially yield a paradigm shift in the scientific study, diagnoses, and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and vascular diseases at the capillary level, as it enables the possibility of volumetrically visualizing capillary perfusion in real-time at frame rates above 20 Hz without injection of contrast agents.

 

Responsibilities and tasks

This project investigates methods for validating and quantifying SURE imaging using micro-CT data obtained using micro-CT scanners and synchrotron scanning. The images are acquired at a very high resolution that allows them to be compared to the vasculature in the SURE images. The purpose is to automatically segment the micro-CT images to reveal the full vasculature, and then co-register and quantify how well the SURE images depict this vasculature correctly, and how small vessels that can be reliably shown. The PhD project will develop the image processing algorithms for generating the full 3-D volume of micro-CT data, making the segmentation, performing automatic co-registration, and finally developing the metrics for evaluating the SURE imaging. The project also involves data acquisition using micro-CT scanners and a synchrotron.

 

The research is conducted in a truly multi-disciplinary environment consisting of the 5 academic partners specializing in advanced ultrasound imaging, image processing, silicon CMUT probes, animal experiments, and clinical investigations, and the main purpose is to translate the SURE method from a research idea to the clinic.

 

Qualifications
Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. Experience with digital signal and image processing, deep learning, and programming is desirable. Similarly, knowledge of medical imaging and acoustics will also be beneficial.

 

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.

 

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation, and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

 

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

 

Further information

Further information is available at www.cfu.dtu.dk or from Professor Jørgen Arendt Jensen, tel: +45 4525 3924, e-mail: jaje@dtu.dk.

 

You can read more about DTU Health Tech on www.healthtech.dtu.dk and about CFU at www.cfu.dtu.dk/.

 

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

 

Application

Please submit your online application no later than 15 June 2022 (Danish time). Apply online here: Positions at DTU Health Tech

 

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale

 

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

 

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

 

DTU Health Tech

DTU Health Tech engages in research, education, and innovation base on technical and natural science for the healthcare sector. The Healthcare sector is a globally expanding market with demands for the most advanced technological solutions. DTU Health Tech creates the foundation for companies to develop new and innovative services and products which benefit people and create value for society. DTU Health Techs expertise spans from imaging and biosensor techniques, across digital health and biological modelling, to biopharma technologies. The department has a scientific staff of about 210 persons, 140 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 160 persons, of which a large majority contributes to our research infrastructure and related commercial activities.

 

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.


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