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PhD Student’s position "Individual Structure Function Map to Improve Glaucoma Diagnosis"

MD, interests in medical physics, biomedical imaging and medical informatics
Medical University of Vienna


We are looking for an ambitious PhD student for a collaborative project that aims to develop improved methods for early diagnosis of glaucoma. This thesis is embedded in a strong research environment and is part of a collaborative research project funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for three years (P30378-B31).


The project will tackle one main obstacle for an accurate and early glaucoma diagnosis, the large interindividual variation of the trajectories of the retinal nerve fiber bundles (RNFB) within the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL). This PhD will be part of an interdisciplinary project involving ophthalmology, medical physics and image analysis. Measurements with the polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) in 200 healthy volunteers and 100 glaucoma patients will be done and used to trace the RNFBs The measured traces will serve to construct an individualized structure-function model describing the topographic association of structural (RNFL thickness and polarizing properties) and functional (visual field) deficits in early glaucoma. This will improve diagnostic accuracy.


We are particularly interested in applicants who see their professional future in the field of ophthalmology and who are considering an academic career. The candidate should have basic knowledge in ophthalmology and medical statistics and should be interested in interdisciplinary research. The PhD student will work in an established interdisciplinary team of researchers. Experience and/or interest in medical physics, biomedical imaging and medical informatics or basic clinical skills would be appreciated. Fluent German and English are recommended.


The salary will be according to the standards for PhD students defined by the Austrian science fund (FWF). (https://www.fwf.ac.at/en/research-funding/personnel-costs/)


Name: Clemens Vass
Telefon: +43-40400-70400

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