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Job Record #15566
TitleFunded PhD in Switzerland - Brain Fluid Dynamics & Dementia
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerUniversity of Zurich
LocationSwitzerland, Zurich, Zurich
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure Date* None *
Funded Doctoral Student Position at the University of Zurich, Switzerland

>  Computational & Experimental Investigation of Brain Fluid Dynamics   <
>  for Non-Invasive Identification of Treatable Dementia                <

The differentiation between currently not treatable types of dementia, 
such as caused by Alzheimer’s disease, and treatable types, e.g. due to
hydrocephalus, is of high clinical importance. Despite advances in 
medical imaging, clear differential diagnosis requires invasive 
procedures for many patients. Since only specialized centers offer such 
tests, misdiagnoses occur and patients are wrongly labeled as terminally 

In a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, we aim to 
study the physiologic basis of a new, non-invasive method for the 
identification of treatable forms of dementia caused by cerebrospinal 
fluid pathologies. The project combines computational modeling of fluid 
dynamics in the brain and spinal canal, physiologic tests on healthy 
human volunteers, and combined invasive and non-invasive measurements 
on patients.

We are seeking a doctoral student for the computational part of the 
project, which will include the design of a computational physiologic 
model of dynamic fluid distribution in the central nervous system, 
taking into account the interaction of the cerebrospinal fluid with 
the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The student will also 
contribute to the physiologic tests on healthy volunteers. S/he will 
furthermore participate in the analysis of data acquired on patients, 
working in close collaboration with our partners at ETH Zurich and the
University Hospital Bern.

We are particularly looking for candidates with strong background in 
systems modeling, preferably with experience in computational 
physiology, systems biology and fluid dynamics. Ideally, the candidates 
will also have a fundamental understanding of human physiology and 
anatomy. Excellent oral and written English language skills are 
mandatory, as are outstanding grades and education at the respective 
country’s top institutions. German language skills are not required, 
but of advantage.

Please send your complete application electronically to Prof. Vartan 
Kurtcuoglu. We request a letter of motivation, your CV, three names of
references with e-mail addresses, a list of publications (if any), plus
transcripts of BSc and MSc grades or equivalent.

Contact Information:
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NameProf. Dr. Vartan Kurtcuoglu
Email ApplicationYes
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