PhD position in ophthalmic image analysis @Vienna

Medical University of Vienna
Job Type: 
Full Time
Closing Date: 
Monday, April 1, 2019

The Ophthalmic Image Analysis (OPTIMA) lab ( at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, is offering a fully funded full time PhD position.

The focus of the research project is on learning and predicting patient-specific disease progression and treatment response from in-vivo imaging (longitudinal series of 3D optical coherence tomography (OCT) images) and non-imaging data (e.g., clinical reports) using medical image computing and machine/deep learning methods. These data-driven disease-progression models allow to assess individualized risk and prognosis of retinal disease. Advancements will have a real world impact on clinical management of patients suffering from retinal diseases, a leading cause of blindness today.

We are seeking outstanding PhD candidates to complement our interdisciplinary, multinational research group. Your highly attractive PhD project will be integrated in the currently flourishing field of AI for retinal image analysis (see our recent review paper: It may include aspects of medical image analysis and machine learning topics (deep learning, generative/probabilistic models) on extremely well-curated large-scale longitudinal OCT datasets (examples of our work:,,,

Your qualification:

  • MSc degree or equivalent in computer science or another relevant discipline
  •  Preferably background in machine/deep learning, medical image analysis, statistics, biomedical imaging or related discipline
  •  Strong programming (e.g. C/C++, Python, R or Julia) and applied math skills
  •  Excellent analytical, interpersonal, as well as written and oral communication skills in English.

We offer:

  • You will be immersed into an interdisciplinary environment working closely with a team of computer scientists, software engineers and medical experts.
  • As a close partner of the Vienna Reading Center (, the OPTIMA group has access to extremely large sets of ophthalmic images. The lab is well-equipped with a dedicated high-performance computing cluster containing the latest generation GPUs.
  • You will have the opportunity to work in the promising and currently exploding fields of AI and machine/deep learning, data science and medical computer vision.
  • The group keeps close collaboration with several high-performance academic research institutions, as well as partnership with imaging device and pharmaceutical companies.
  • The OPTIMA lab is a world-leading group in ophthalmic image analysis part of the Medical University of Vienna which is an international center of excellence and one of the largest research institutions in Europe located at the heart of historic Vienna. Vienna has recently been named the world's most liveable city for the ninth year running (

Highly motivated applicants with an excellent academic record, interested in this interdisciplinary PhD should send an email (Subject line: PhD application) including a CV and a cover letter indicating your interests and research experience, and/or any inquiries to: hrvoje.bogunovic (at)

Candidates can be interviewed during MICCAI 2018 in Granada.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, early applications will be given priority.