Sano MSc Project

The impact of covid lockdowns on the cost of breast cancer in Poland

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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.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns were introduced in many countries around the world to reduce social interactions. As a result, the spread of the coronavirus was limited. Unfortunately, it also had a negative impact on healthcare: scheduled surgeries were canceled and appointments with doctors and examinations were rescheduled. Access to health care was difficult, and contacts with doctors were discouraged without serious symptoms. Consequently, diseases, that normally would have been detected faster, were silently progressing and impacting people’s lives. Finally, when the disease was manifesting itself, it was often too late to apply the benign treatment. Patients were suffering from serious complications or even died.

The aim of the project is to investigate the impact of lockdowns on breast cancer costs. During pandemics, the screening programs were halted and their overall yearly costs decreased. However, we hypothesize that the delayed detection of breast cancer among many patients resulted in a larger costs increase, whether due to more intensive treatment or patients death.

The scope of tasks in this project will include, inter alia, preparing and developing a model of the disease based on the available data and publications. Based on available literature and knowledge the types of cost (direct/indirect) will need to be specified. This model will be used to simulate the population under lockdown conditions and in the absence of a pandemic. The modeling can be conducted with differential equations, Markov Model, or other chosen methods. After conducting the simulations the analysis of costs, delayed diagnoses and deaths will be undertaken. For the model’s development, the Python programming language will be used.

Postgraduate study can be a great opportunity to gain advanced training, new skills and in-depth subject knowledge. If you’re thinking about a scientific career, you’re interested in computational medicine and are looking at various options, Sano might be the perfect place for you.

Sano is a new nonprofit research institute dedicated to the advancement of computational medicine, developing sophisticated computer methods for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, to meet the overarching worldwide need for efficient, effective and streamlined healthcare.

We recognize that it is all about the skills of people involved in the project, to develop Sano into the world-class research centre for advanced computational medicine.

We’re looking for the best people around and invite all students interested in applied research within computational medicine to apply. The MSc programme at Sano is aimed at providing the next generation of healthcare technology innovators with unique skills.

By applying, you will let us know about your interest in education at Sano. We’re looking for students to work at all our Research Groups – Healthcare Informatics, Computer Vision Data Science, Modeling and Simulation, Clinical Data Science, Personal Health Data Science and Extreme-Scale Data and Computing.

We’re waiting for you!

You are expected to:

  • do original research under the direction of your supervisor;
  • participate in the many seminars by internal and external speakers as well as journal clubs and group activities;
  • collaborate with students, researchers and other Sano employees. You will have the opportunity to co-learn advanced coding techniques with the help of experienced scientific programmers and data scientists.

As our successful candidate you should have:

  • undergraduate degree – BSc, BEng or other, preferably in computer science or related field;
  • interest in pursuing applied research in a multi-disciplinary environment;
  • excellent written and oral English communication skills.

We offer a stipend contract for the duration of 2022/2023 academic year, and expect the student to work on the project for approx. 16 hours per week (40% FTE). This includes attendance of courses, trainings and internal research meetings. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with the Team Leader, Dr Zbigniew R. Struzik.

You will receive a stipend of up to 2500 PLN gross monthly for the duration of the contract. Our Institute offers excellent opportunities for study and development, participation in Polish and international projects, meetings, workshops and conferences in computational biomedicine — a possibility to grow in the 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 curriculum vitae;
  • a cover letter with an emphasis on your research interests;

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