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Post Doc Candidate Biomechanics of the Middle Ear

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The focus of this SNSF project is to image and visualize the transmission of sound from the tympanic membrane to the oval window in human temporal bone specimens dynamically. The objectives of this post-doctoral position are to:
  • establish the dynamic in-vitro acquisition protocol with synchrotron X-ray phase contrast tomography
  • describe quantitatively the micro-movements of the ossicular chain in healthy temporal bones thanks to the development of appropriate image/signal processing protocols
  • develop segmentation tools based on Machine Learning in view of statistical approach in collaboration with the PhD working in the group
Post Doc Candidate Biomechanics of the Middle Ear

As a leading university hospital with a rich tradition, the Inselspital is part of the Insel Group and is a centre of medical expertise and high technology with an international reputation as well as being a first-class training and research centre.

Post Doc Candidate
Biomechanics of the Middle Ear

Entry by: 01.09.2020 or by agreement
Limited to 2 years

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We search a motivated Post Doc Candidate to engage in our SNSF project "Dynamic phase contrast X-ray Imaging of sound transmission in the human middle ear". The research project will be the first in the world to use high-resolution synchrotron phase-contrast X-ray tomography to image the movement of the middle ear during acoustic stimulation. The project is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the "X-Ray Tomographic Microscopy" group at the Swiss Light Source (SLS) at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), clinicians from the Inselspital and engineers of the University Hospital of Bern.

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You must hold a PhD degree in Biomedical engineering, Mechanical engineering or Physics. Experience in X-ray tomography, data analysis and image processing are considered as an asset. Programming skills are considered as plus. Working language is in English, a good level in spoken and written is mandatory. You should enjoy working in an interdisciplinary, multinational research environment. Being an enthusiastic researcher and a good team player will help to ensure your integration.

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Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. This position is a 2-year position localized at the PSI and performed in collaboration with the Inselspital (University Hospital Bern). Salary and conditions of employment are according to the rules of SNF for Post-Doctoral students.

PD Dr. med. Lukas Anschütz, Senior physician
Phone: +41 31 632 79 85 and
Dr Anne Bonnin, Beamline Scientist
Phone: +41 56 310 46 78

Bern / Solothurn / Riggisberg / Münsingen / Belp

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