Medical Imaging CT perfusion for Stroke

  • Vacancy number: 2019/0209
  • Apply to: April 3 2019
  • Full-time
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For stroke patients the potentially very effective thrombectomy treatment has become recently available. Not all patients benefit however, so accurate patient selection for treatment is key. CT perfusion has been suggested as the most suitable selection method. The Cleopatra project is aimed at standardization and optimalization of CT perfusion acquisition and analysis and at evaluating the effectiveness of CT perfusion for this task. To this end, a large number of stroke patient that are eligible for treatment will be included in a large number of national stroke centers. The PhD candidate has to make sure all patients are scanned and processed in a compatible manner. This requires evaluation and standardization of acquisition, reconstruction and processing protocols, development and testing with phantoms, processing experimental and clinical data and dissemination of the results. This work will be performed in close collaboration with the research team and representatives of the contributing stroke centers that include physicists, radiologists, epidemiologists, technologists and neurologists.

This research is collaboration between the radilology departments of Amsterdam UMC and UMC Utrecht. These department are amongst the largest and most advanced departments in the Netherlands, with ample possibility to collaborate with fellow PhD candidates, researchers, senior Medical Physicists and Medical Doctors. The candidate will also be part of the larger ImagO PhD programme (Graduate Programme Medical Imaging (ImagO) that provides an educational programme of lectures, courses, seminars and workshops to PhD candidates in this area. On a daily basis, the PhD candidate will be member of the Medical Physics team of Radiology and will work in close collaboration with medical specialists and industrial partners. In addition collaboration will exist with many other participating hospitals nationwide that contribute to the (multi-)center study. You will therefore work with an interdisciplinary team with experts on Pediatric Neuro-radiology, Pediatric Oncology and Metabolic imaging. You will be mainly working in a team of PhD students and postdocs in the High Field Research Group, which is part of the Radiology department, and embedded in the Imaging Division of the UMCU (the Netherlands). With close to 200 researchers, the Imaging Division of the UMCU is one of the largest concentrations of medical imaging researchers in Europe.

We are looking for an excellent candidate with a MSc in (bio-/applied) physics, technical medicine,or a comparable training with a strong interest in medical imaging. The candidate should be highly motivated and capable of working within a multi-disciplinary environment. The candidate will have a strong contribution to the success of the Cleopatra project requiring standardization, application and evaluation of image acquisition and processing algorithms. For training-purposes, the PhD candidate will be affiliated with the Research School of Biomedical Sciences (ImagO). ImagO provides a broad course program for its PhD students, in the framework of the Utrecht Graduate School for Life Sciences and organizers various scientific workshops and colloquia.

The maximum salary for this position (100%) is € 3.020,00 gross per month based on full-time employment (work week 36 hours). This job is based on a temporary position for 4 years.

In addition, we offer an annual benefit of 8.3%, holiday allowance, travel expenses and career opportunities. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Cao University Medical Centers (UMC).

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If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Hugo de Jong, clinical physicist, phone +31 (0)88 75 533 27. Email

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Keywords: Vacancy, PhD, Bio-/applied) physics, Technical medicine, Utrecht