Call for Postdoctoral researcher on mathematical modeling of the interplay between brain tumors and...

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Dec 2022

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Project/Job description

In the department of Scientific Computing and Numerical Analysis, we are now seeking a Postdoctoral researcher to work on numerical simulation and analysis of brain tumors. The candidate may start immediately if offered the position. Initially, the candidate is hired for a 3 year contract.

Usually, tumor patients will undergo injection of contrast agents into the blood vessels to identify where the contrast agent leaks into the brain. These results guide surgeons in operations. Very recently, we have discovered that an alternative injection into the fluid spaces around the brain (Subarachnoid Spaces) has the potential to reveal new information on brain tumors. From the fluid spaces around the brain, the contrast reaches the tumor along fluid pathways known as perivascular spaces, vital for clearance of waste products from the brain. The Postdoctoral researcher will use simulation of fluid flow, poroelasticity and diffusion together with imaging data and try to explain the interplay between these fluid pathways and the observed contrast increase in and around brain tumors. These investigations will extend the research front on how the brain gets rid of toxic waste, and look for a common link between brain cancer and neurodegenerative disease such as e.g. Alzheimer's disease.

The core team working on the project will consist of one PhD-student, one Postdoctoral Researcher and one Research Scientist at Simula Research Laboratory. The Postdoctoral researcher may serve as a co-supervisor for the PhD-student if interested. We will collaborate closely with Oslo University Hospital in both data gathering (Neuroimaging) and to best connect results from the MRI analysis to mechanical properties of the brain (MRI Research and Technology).


Postdoctoral Researcher, Scientific Computing, Simula, Fluid Mechanics, Computational Biology, Applied Mathematics. 

Candidate Profile

We are looking for interested candidates who have a PhD in applied mathematics, physics, fluid mechanics, scientific computing, biomedical engineering or a similar subject. The candidate should be familiar with programming, mainly using python.

Simula Offers

  • Excellent opportunities for performing high quality research, as part of a highly competent and motivated team of international researchers and engineers;
  • An informal and inclusive international working environment;
  • Generous support for travel and opportunities to build international networks, through established collaboration with industry, exchange programs and research visits with other universities, and funding to attend conferences;
  • Modern office facilities located in downtown Oslo, Norway;
  • A competitive salary, starting from NOK 600.000;
  • Numerous benefits: access to company cabin, BabyBonus arrangements, sponsored social events, generous equipment budgets (e.g., computer, phone and subscription), subsidized canteen meals and monthly bus pass, comprehensive travel/health insurance policy, etc;
  • Relocation assistance: accommodation, visas, complimentary Norwegian language courses, etc;
  • Administrative research support: e.g., quality assurance process for grant proposals (including RCN and EU programs);
  • Wellness and work-life balance. Our employees’ health and well-being is a priority and we encourage them to make use of our flexible work arrangements to help balance their work and home lives efficiently.

Application Requirements

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae: summarize your educational background, working experience (in particular, any relevant academic or industrial work), list of scientific publications, etc
  • Cover letter: outline your motivation for applying, relevant experience and qualifications, research interests and how/why you are qualified for the position;
  • Other: Academic transcripts and diplomas, a copy of PhD thesis. 

Application deadline

Candidates will be continuously screened and interviewed. The position is open until the position has been filled. 


Additional enquiries regarding the position can be addressed to Vegard Vinje, , +4795104158.

About Simula and Norway

Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research lab located downtown of Oslo, Norway. Simula conducts Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research in the fields of scientific computing, software engineering, communication systems, machine learning and cybersecurity.

Simula's main objective is to create knowledge about fundamental scientific challenges that are of genuine value for society. This is achieved through high-quality research, education of graduate students, industry collaboration, technology transfer, and commercialization. Since 2001, scientific evaluations conducted by the Research Council of Norway has repeatedly placed Simula at the forefront of international research in ICT. The most recent in-depth evaluation was published in 2017, grading the full range of research at Simula as “excellent”.

Simula appreciates diversity. We currently employ approximately 190 individuals from 35 countries and strive to create a family-friendly working environment. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourages women to apply.

Simula has a close collaboration with leading universities in Norway and abroad, both in terms of research and education, and facilitates extended research stays abroad. Our Master's and PhD students conduct their research at Simula, and attend courses and receive their degrees from university partners.

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