Sano PhD students

Project title: System for Orthodontics Treatment Planning Using Deep Learning Methods

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Sano Centre for Computational Medicine is a new International Scientific Foundation located in Kraków, Poland.

Sano aspires to be a major translational scientific institute, operating at the meeting point of academic science, established MedTech industry, and emerging start-up environment, combining the best of these three perspectives.

Sano acts as a core technology and expertise provider for industry, and creator of innovation, developing state-of-the-art solutions for healthcare. Thanks to the substantial funding and excellent European partnership network, Sano will bring a critical mass to this transformational field of research, in order to translate scientific advancements onto clinical practice. Sano’s ambition is to become the Reference Centre for Computational Medicine in Central Europe and build a reputation as a leading institute on a global level.

As a cross-disciplinary institution, Sano uses machine learning/artificial intelligence (ML/AI), large scale computer simulations (HPC), data science, and other computational technologies towards overcoming global challenges in healthcare systems. The research agenda will be executed in close collaboration with Partners in Poland, EU and USA.

We value:

  • Passion – Passion in what we do, engagement in Sano operations, taking responsibility, providing initiative, being happy at work.
  • Innovation – Boldness in articulating and pursuing novel ideas, courage to think outside the box.
  • Integrity – Directness, openness, tolerance and respect. Scientific integrity (we do not cut corners).
  • Diversity – Diversity in backgrounds, cultures and opinions of Sano employees. Promotion of women in STEM.


Sano: dr. Arkadiusz Sitek 

Project period: 2021  2025 (the project will start as soon as the candidate is accepted, and is planned for 4 years) 

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with the treatment of malocclusion. In cooperation with maxillofacial surgery, it enables the treatment of complex dentofacial defects and severe craniofacial malformations. Orthodontic treatment is performed in patients of all ages. The challenge in orthodontic treatment is achieving stable results. The main causes of treatment instability are inappropriate arrests, orthopaedic instability of the mandibular condyles, and imbalance in the perioral muscles. Orthodontic treatment consists of several stages: diagnosis, treatment plan, proper treatment, and retention. A wrong diagnosis makes the treatment plan ineffective. To make accurate diagnosis physician must consider patient’s medical history, physical examination, radiological imaging such as cephalometric imaging and/or Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), analysing diagnostic models, and registering them in an articulator. The entire orthodontic diagnosis process is complex and time-consuming.  

Within this PhD a system will be developed to automatically assist orthodontics in analysis of cephalometric X-ray, CBCT and intra-oral scans of 3D tooth segmentation and therapy planning. This project will be carried out in cooperation with machine learning and AI scientists from Sano and its partners and experienced orthodontics from the Poznań University of Medical Sciences. 

You are excpected to: 

  • do original research in this field under the direction of the supervisor; 
  • participate in the many seminars by internal and external speakers as well as journal clubs and group activities; 
  • collaborate with other PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers and other Sano employees. 

As our successful candidate you should have:

  • Master’s degree (completed or near completion) or 1st Class undergraduate Honours degree in a relevant discipline such as computer science, engineering, robotics, computer graphics, bioinformatics, etc.; 
  • knowledge of machine learning and deep learning methods; 
  • excellent programming skills (Python); 
  • prior academic or industry research experience; 
  • interest in pursuing applied research; 
  • excellent written and oral English communication skills 

We offer a fixed term contract for 40 hours per week for the duration of 4 years. This will be supported by an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. The contract will include opportunities to participate in teaching and supervision of undergraduate and master students 

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be up to 8000 PLN gross per month, based on a full-time contract (40 hours a week) for the duration of 4 years with private medical care and a sports card. 

The student will be based in Poland, Krakow operating in conjunction with the Cyfronet supercomputing centre hosted by AGH. 

Sano offers excellent opportunities for study and development, an access to many international conferences on computational medicine and a possibility to grow in a scientific society. 

If you feel that this job opportunity is the career that you are looking for, please apply immediately and give Sano a chance to meet you. Please, be informed that Sano will contact only with Candidates fulfilling the formal criteria.

Sano is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a cover letter;
  • a curriculum vitae;

During later stages, you’ll also be asked to provide:

  • copies of your English certificates. 
  • two reference contacts.

Apply through Sano recruitment system. If you would like to apply for future openings feel free to send your application to our database.​