Joint postdoctoral fellow -France and South Africa

Division of BME, University of Cape Town, South Africa and LaTIM, INSERM U1101, Brest, France
Brest, France AND Cape Town, South Africa
Job Type: 
Part Time
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellowship in

Machine-learning/Medical Image Processing


LATIM – INSERM 1101, Brest, France

MI2D2, Division of Biomedical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa

The Medical Image Inferencing and Distributed Diagnostics (MI2D2) research group in the Division of Biomedical Engineering (, University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and the LATIM (Medical Information Processing Laboratory), a joint research unit between University Hospital of Brest (CHRU), University of Brest (UBO), IMT Atlantique and INSERM in Brest, France, ( invite applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in machine learning/medical image processing. At UCT, South Africa, the position will be funded by the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering & Innovation held by Prof. Tania Douglas in South Africa and will be for one year (2018 - 2019). The research will be supervised by Dr. Tinashe Mutsvangwa and Prof. Douglas.  In the LATIM, France, the fellowship will be supervised by Dr. Bhushan Borotikar, Prof. Valerie Burdin and Dr. Guillaume Dardenne and will be valid for 1.5 years (2018, 2019 – 2021). The position will be part of the FOLLOW-KNEE research project at Brest, France aimed at implementing an innovative solution for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee.

The objective of the position is to develop and make available to orthopaedic surgeons, a morphological and functional model of the knee. The purpose of this model is to predict, during the preoperative phase and for a given patient, the functional results of a surgical strategy for the placement of a total knee prosthesis. The modeling will be done from a heterogeneous database including MRI, CT, X-ray radiographs and kinematic data. The model will have to be deformed and adjusted according to some specific data of the treated patient. The candidate is expected to run a research project autonomously; keenly follow the  state of the art of the science within the associated domain; and develop novel and innovative algorithms in medical image processing.

Conditions of award

At the University of Cape Town, the fellowship has a value of R220 000 – R320 000 (depending on the candidate’s experience and publication track record), is tax-free and is tenable for one year. The fellowship may be renewed for a second year on evidence of satisfactory academic progress.

  • Limited additional paid work (maximum 12 hours per week) may be undertaken; remuneration for such work is taxable.
  • No benefits or allowances are included in the value of the fellowship.

At LaTIM, the postdoctoral fellowship has a value of €46000 – €49000 with approximate per month take home salary ranging between 1900 to 2200 (depending on the candidate’s experience and publication track record).  

  • French National medical health coverage is included in the value of the fellowship.


  • A PhD degree in any of the following: Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Applied mathematics, Applied Physics or related disciplines, obtained in the past 5 years.
  • Applicants may not previously have held full-time permanent professional or academic posts.
  • Extensive knowledge of C++, Java, and Python.
  • Ability to travel between the two host countries.

The following are desirable:

  • A background in advanced medical imaging, advanced image processing, machine learning, computer vision or computational mathematics.
  • Ability to work in an international team.
  • Relational qualities (multiple interactions with clinicians).
  • Creativity/Sense of innovation

The successful candidate will be expected to produce peer-reviewed publications as a result of their research and will be expected to participate in the activities of both laboratories, including co-supervision of MSc and PhD students and limited lecturing. The successful candidate will be required to register as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town and to comply with the policies and practices of the postdoctoral sector. At LaTIM, the postdoctoral fellow will be recruited through INSERM system and will comply with INSERM’s policies.

Application Procedure

Applicants should send a letter stating their research interests and expertise, as well as a maximum four-page CV, which includes a list of publications and includes the names, email & telephone details of 2 referees, to both and and as soon as possible but no later than 15 August 2018.

Eligible and complete applications will be considered by 21 August 2018 and shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo an interview, in person, by telephone or over Skype. The successful candidate will be expected to take up the fellowship as soon as possible after notification.

NB: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The University of Cape Town and LATIM reserve the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications. The University of Cape Town and LATIM reserve the right to change the conditions of award or to make no awards at all.