University of Oslo PhD Research Fellow in Ultrasonics/Elastography, Norway

University of Oslo, Norway


December 18, 2015


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University of Oslo PhD Research Fellow in Ultrasonics/Elastography

A position as Phd Research Fellow, position code 1017, is available at the Department of Informatics. The Ph.D topic is in ultrasonics/elastography and in particular in the field of ultrasound-induced mechanosignaling. The position is available in the research Group for Digital Signal Processing and Image Analysis (DSB). The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years. Starting date is as soon as possible after 1. January 2016.

The candidate will work in the FORCE project which will run from 2016 to 2019. FORCE is a multi-national grant awarded in the context of the European Commission Horizon 2020 biomedical imaging call and is led by King's College, London. The project is entitled "Imaging the force of cancer" and aims to address a fundamental need in the planning and monitoring of cancer treatment by measuring the forces active in cancer. Primary tumour forces – such as tumour Interstitial Fluid Pressure (IFP) and cell traction force (CTF) at the tumour border zone – are thought to be key indicators of therapy response and Metastatic Potential (MP).

The work which will take place in Oslo consists of two parts. Primarily it is a collaboration with Oslo University Hospital (Radiumhospitalet) and King's College on investigating the effects of the acoustic radiation force on cell growth, motility and apoptosis. For this purpose we will use our own programmable research ultrasound scanner as well as commercial equipment from corporate partners in the project. The experiments will be performed in cell cultures and tumour spheroid experiments as well as on mouse models. Secondarily the project will also encompass collaboration with the others partners in the project in modeling elastic waves and forces in elastography. Project home page: Force: Imaging the Force of Cancer


The applicant is required to hold a Master's degree or equivalent in ultrasound imaging, physics, biomedical engineering, or acoustics and should have good analytical and programming skills. It is imperative that the candidate has a proven ability to work in an experimental setting with a mixed group of collaborators from both the physical and the biomedical fields and is willing and interested in doing laboratory work at Oslo University Hospital. Besides technical skills, we are looking for a curious, ambitious candidate who is highly motivated to do research and contribute to the work done at our group. Good communication skills in both oral and written English are expected. We strongly encourage that the application is accompanied by a short cover letter explaining briefly how the applicant's background and education fit the goals and requirements of this project.

Research group

The Ph.D position is embedded in the group Digital Signal Processing and Image Analysis (DSB) at the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo. There are about 15 PhD students associated with the group. In signal processing we are engaged in theory and applications of signals from sensor arrays. Applications are in medical ultrasound, elastography, and sonar. In image analysis we focus on automatic methods for extracting information from images. The main application areas are medical imaging and remote sensing. There is also an activity in cancer prognostics based on statistical texture analysis of light microscopy images of cell nuclei in collaboration with Oslo University Hospital (Radiumhospitalet). We also cooperate with a cluster of Norwegian companies in acoustics, sonar and ultrasound technology among others in the framework of the Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions. Some of the companies are startups initiated by our own employees and former students.


The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will  be selected in accordance with  this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:

Application and Admission to the Natural Sciences PhD Program

Research education: The PhD Program

A good command of English is required


Position code 1017, Pay grade: 50 - 57 (NOK 430 500 - 483 700) NOK per year.

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee.
  • Important publications should be included.
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

In accordance with the University of Oslo's equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all inter- ested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.  UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.


Professor Sverre Holm
Telephone: +47 22852704

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