Department of Biomedical Engineering, the University of Malaya is inviting applications for Joint PhD (UM-USyd) Positions. The University of Malaya is a public research university located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is the oldest and most esteemed university in Malaysia. The university’s name was abbreviated as Malaya during the pre-independence period.
Course Level: PhD Programme
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Job Description Background:
Despite the prognostic significance of right ventricular (RV) function in determining the functional capacities and outcomes of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and left ventricular dysfunction, early recognition of RV dysfunction before the
occurrence of irreversible RV failure remains a huge challenge. Current methods for assessing RV dysfunction rely on global measures of several key indices, including RV dilatation, dyskinesia, ejection fraction, pressure gradient and valvular dysfunction.
Although the Echocardiography-based techniques (e.g. RT3DE, speckle-tracking and tissue Doppler imaging) have commonly been used in assessing RV geometry and regional/global RV deformation, the high dependency on optimal image quality and
operators’ experience has hampered their use for accurate assessment of early RV dysfunction. Meanwhile, while cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has been established as a gold standard modality for the assessment of RV function, the complex anatomy of the RV (asymmetrical shape and thin wall) has made the assessment of RV size/shape and regional wall motion abnormality much more difficult as compared to the left ventricle. This project aims to develop an image processing framework which fuses structural and functional data provided by various CMR modalities to accurately elucidate abnormal structural and functional changes in the RV during longitudinal clinical assessments of PAH patients. This noninvasive quantification framework could be used for diagnostic and risk stratification purpose to assist the health provider in deciding whether a more aggressive follow-up monitoring and treatment is required, and providing tailored drug therapy for individual patients.
1. This project features collaboration with world-renowned clinical centers as well as research institutions in Australia (University of New South Wales & University of Sydney) and United Kingdom (Imperial College London). Therefore, candidates
have an abundance of opportunities to work in world renowned research institutions and industries during candidature and upon graduation.
2. Extensive research support from experienced researchers in University of Sydney, Asian Cardiac Engineering group (UM) and Graduate School of
Biomedical Engineering (UNSW), who have been working on related projects for several years.
3. Sponsored attachment (up to 18 months) in University of Sydney during the PhD candidature.
4. Clay graduation system (www.asiancardiac.org), proven to work effectively in postgraduate training, will be applied to ensure that the candidate could graduate on time. This involves effective supervision, overseas training, as well as coaching by a strong network of experienced academics, engineers, cardiac specialists, and first class research students.
1. Malaysian citizen.
2. Undergraduate degree in Engineering with a minimum CGPA of 3.7/4.0 or equivalent; OR Masters by Research degree with a minimum undergraduate
CGPA of 3.5/4.0 or equivalent.
3. Able to commit full time without any part-time job.
4. Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
1. Monthly salary of RM1800 – RM3000, depending on personal qualification.
2. 3 months probation period.
3. Duration of appointment: 3 years subjected to yearly contract renewal. Candidate is encouraged to apply for programmes upon enrolment of study.
How to Apply:
Resume, academic transcript, SPM/STPM/matriculation certificates & other
relevant documents to Dr. Lim Einly ([email protected]) before 15 Sep 2016.
Selected candidates will be informed for an interview.