PhD for European Project HiPerNav

Université Paris 13, Institut Galilée
September 06 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

1) Context: This PhD position is part of an EU project, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network project: HiPerNav (High Performance soft-tissue Navigation). The scientific and clinical goal of HiPerNav is to develop a navigation platform for management of liver cancer and metastases treatment to improve the eligibility and prognosis for liver surgical procedures and ablation treatment, enabling an integral management of surgical workflow: (1) pre-operative surgical planning; (2) intra-operative resection navigation and ablation monitoring; (3) post-operative quality control.

2) Objectives: This PhD position will focus on the development of new methodologies to assess the quality of multimodal medical images, such as stereoscopic data, US, Dyna-CT, and MRI.  The interest of these images is to improve the soft tissue navigation and surgical procedures. The diversity of the information conveyed by the diagnostic imaging systems should be exploited to develop image quality metrics consistent with the perceptual evaluation of doctors.  The proposed quality metrics should also take into account the different distortions that can affect the processed data, such as noise and low-contrast. Moreover, the development of quality metrics that aim at evaluating the performance of medical image processing methods, such as image enhancement, image segmentation and denoising, will be also investigated.

This work will be part of the activities related to research and development of new medical technology, applied cross-disciplinary research of novel tool development for medical imaging/visualization and navigation technology, clinical evaluation, and scientific dissemination of knowledge.

3) Host institution/department: Université Paris 13, France. Laboratoire de Traitement et Transport de l'Information (L2TI).

4) Collaboration: This work will be done in collaboration with:

•    The Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory is a research group within the Faculty of Computer Science and Media Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Gjøvik, Norway.

•    Intervention centre at Oslo University Hospital (Oslo, Norway) . 

5) Qualifications for applicant

•    Master of science in relevant fields (computer science, image processing, informatics, medical imaging, mathematics) and strong academic record

•    Image/video processing, mathematics and statistics

•    Good programming skills (Matlab and C++)

•    Good oral and written communication skills (in particular English)

•    Good knowledge in medical imaging is advantageous

•    We emphasize collaborative skills, initiative, ability to accomplish tasks, practical skills, and ability to create and establish new projects in collaboration with colleagues.

•    Mobility Rule: At the time of recruitment, the candidate must not has resided or carried out its main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

6) Application procedure: Applications should be submitted online using the form available at:

The application should include:

•    A detailed Curriculum Vitae

•    A motivation letter explaining why the applicant believes to be suitable for the position offered

•    University transcripts

•    One or two reference letters

Selected applicants for an interview will be contacted by email.

The successful candidate will be offered:

•    Environment: The Laboratoire de Traitement et Transport de l'Information (L2TI) was founded at the university Paris 13 in 1998. Its  main research focus is on the development of applied and theoretical research on Data Processing and Transmission. More specifically, the topics addressed by the L2TI are related to multimedia content processing and analysis, and computer networking. To address these topics, the L2TI employs a number of researchers with a broad competence basis in fields such as image quality assessment, image processing, 3D processing, medical imaging, and wireless sensor networks. The L2TI maintains an interactive open environment with strong national and international collaborators both in academia and industry.

•    Conditions:  The L2TI infrastructure includes servers, grid and cluster computing system. Moreover, a test room is also designed and used for subjective  quality assessment. This PhD will also offer to the potential candidate the advantage of working within an European network of leading universities, hospitals and companies in their specific fields of expertise.

•    Salary: Around 2250 euros/month (+500 euros/month for family allowance)

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Mounir Kaaniche, Associate professor at Université Paris 13 (


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