(Closed) Software Engineer Position on applications of Verdandi data assimilation library in personalized cardiac modeling

In scientific computing, data assimilation methods allow to combine various sources of information: information embedded in a physical-numerical model on the one hand; information contained in measurements on the other hand. These methods are widely used in geophysics (in particular in weather forecasting), and their potential is huge in other domains of numerical modeling, including in novel applications such as biomedical modeling. Data assimilation progress is also sustained by the availability of new sources of observation, in particular arising from imaging technologies (satellites, medical imaging, etc.).
In this context, Inria develops a data assimilation library named Verdandi, applicable to most domains of interest. This development is carried out jointly by the Clime and M3DISIM teams, and the library is freely distributed under the GNU LGPL open source license. It is used by Inria teams in several research centers, and by other academic and industrial actors, including in commercial solutions.
The engineer will be employed in the M3DISIM team, which has developed during the past decade some biomechanical models of the heart, with associated numerical simulation tools, as well as data assimilation methods allowing to adapt the models to individual patients, based on available clinical data. This provides an integrated set of tools for obtaining patient-specific heart models, with the objective of improving clinical diagnosis and prognosis procedures. This expertise has placed the team in a pivotal position within an ambitious European project named VP2HF, in which researchers, medical doctors and industrial partners from various countries have joined forces to illustrate the applicative potential of such modeling tools in the more specific context of heart failure patients.

The engineer's mission will consist in preparing and assisting the use of the Verdandi library in the applications of the VP2HF project. More specifically, the engineer will be in charge of:

  • designing and implementing software prototypes representing typical scenarios of Verdandi's usage in patient-specific cardiac modeling, by interfacing the existing library with M3DISIM's finite element software (C++), with associated documentation production
  • assisting collaborating teams in VP2HF project to adapt above prototypes in their specific environments

Desired background:
Master of Science (or more) with proficiency in object-oriented programming and/or scientific computing (finite elements).

Practical information:

  • Position opening: December 2014
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Salary: to be specified depending on qualifications and previous experience
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