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One or more PhD Stipends in Modelling and control of the human blood glucose system (8-19084)

<p>At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, one ore more PhD stipends in Modelling and control of the human blood glucose system are available within the general study programme Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The stipends are open for appointment from January 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.</p>

Job description

The PhD candidate will be working within the IFD project "adherence through cloud-based, personalised treatment for Type 2 Diabetes" (ADAPT-T2D), whose aim is to improve real-world treatment outcomes for T2D patients using a cloud-based, personalised treatment guidance solution.

The objective of the PhD position is two-folded:

(1) To develop data driven high-fidelity models of the human blood glucose system based on clinical cloud data collected from e.g., insulin pens, CGM and sensors monitoring behavioural tendencies (exercise, sleep, meal times and insulin intake etc.). The models are used to obtain generic models of the type 2 diabetes blood glucose system with the property that they can be made patient specific by means of personal data (e.g., by automated parameter tuning). The model development should respect limitations due to data structure and is used for in silico verification of titration algorithms.

The potential model paradigms analysed will range from deterministic models over discrete time stochastic models to stochastic differential equations (SDE). It is assumed, that the SDE will be the best choice but the balance between identifiability, complexity and flexibility must be addressed.

(2)To apply the high-fidelity models to derive long acting insulin titration strategies (including nudging and other means to remind the patient to adhere), with the aim of reaching desired treatment outcomes sooner than by current therapies.

The candidate should have an M.Sc. degree in Control Engineering or similar. The candidate should have first-hand experience with modeling for control, optimal control / optimization, Model Predictive Control, and preferably knowledge of the human blood glucose system. A solid background in mathematical modelling and optimal control / optimization is considered very beneficial.

You may obtain further information from Assoc. Prof. John-Josef Leth, Department of Electronic Systems, phone: +4599407973, email: jjl@es.aau.dk , concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT adn Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Lisbeth Diinhoff , The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: ld@adm.aau.dk , phone: +45 9940 9589.

For more information of The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design: www.phd.tech.aau.dk

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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