PhD fellow in Dynamic Tomography – Københavns Universitet

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PhD fellow in Dynamic Tomography

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen (DIKU) is offering a PhD scholarship in Reconstruction of Dynamic Computed Tomography Images commencing 1 December 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter on condition of the acquisition of the necessary funding.

Project description

The goal of the project is to develop algorithms for improved reconstruction of time varying three dimensional biological structures with the focus on the beating tail of spermatozoa. The focus will be developing reconstruction algorithms, but as part of the project, a simple simulator must be built to test algorithms, and the student will take part in imaging biological material at some of the world’s synchrotron radiation facilities. Examples of techniques to be used during the development of the algorithms are: time varying radon transform, invariant feature detections, Bayesian inference, and motion compensation.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor, Jon Sporring, Department of Computer Science,, Direct Phone: +45 2448 2894.

Description of the scientific environment

This project is part of the newly started consortium for Max IV Medical Imagers, which is a collaboration between DIKU (; The Technical University of Denmark (DTU,; and Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre Hospital (DRCMR, The candidate will work partly at the Image Group at DIKU and partly at DRCMR, and the candidate will have ample opportunity to interact with world-class researchers at DIKU, DTU, DRCMR and MAX IV. The consortium consists for the moment of 2 PhDs, 2 postdocs, and 2 supervisors.

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project in a cross disciplinary research environment  
  • Attend PhD courses  
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis  
  • Teach and disseminate your research  
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad  
  • Work for the department  

Formal requirements

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics or related fields with good results and preferably with proven experience in constructing tomographic algorithms and other topics from the project description. Good skills in English is required. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 312.879 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.219). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.  
  • CV  
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)  
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),  
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees  

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 15 October 2017, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above-mentioned skills. The successful candidate will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Professor, Jon Sporring, Department of Computer Science,, Direct Phone: +45 2448 2894.


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