• Vacancy number: 2018/0283
  • Apply to: April 12 2018
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The expected methodology for this project will be numerical simulations, bench measurements and MRI experiments in phantoms and volunteers. Next to performing own research the candidate is expected to play a part in the supervision of other PhD students at the department.


Medical implants pose potential safety risks when the owner needs an MRI scan. The implant may focus RF energy in the surrounding tissue with potentially severe heating and tissue damage as a result. Therefore, implant manufacturers have developed MRI-compatible products that can be carried safely inside MRI scanners albeit with one-size-fits-all restrictions on scanning protocols. The UMC Utrecht, together with Medtronic and Philips, have started a project to investigate the potential to use MR images to assess the level of interaction of the RF field with the implant. These procedures, ultimately, would allow in-vivo implant characterization resulting in patient-specific power thresholds that will be less restrictive for the MRI protocol. The postdoc will be embedded in the 7 Tesla group which is part of the radiology department. This extensive group now hosts 10 staff members and >30 PhD students or postdocs. Although this project is not directly related to the 7T MRI scanner, the collective knowledge and experience in MRI of all these people is a perfect breeding ground for new ideas which makes this the perfect environment for MRI research at any field strength. Weekly group meetings and particularly frequent social events provide evidence of the really good atmosphere in the corridor.


The candidate should have a PhD in a RF related topic in MRI, communication or radar technology. Experience in numerical EM modeling is preferred. We are looking for people that aim for in-depth understanding combined with good communicative skills. In addition, we ask for experience in supervising MSc and/or PhD students.

The maximum salary for this position (100%) is € 4.917,00 gross per month based on full-time employment (work week 36 hours). This job is based on a temporary position for 2 years, starts with a contract for 1 year.

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

More information

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Mr.Alexander Raaijmakers, Assistent Professor, phone 088-7550287. Email

Apply online with this link.

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Keywords: Vacancy, Research, Postdoc, Radar Technology, Utrecht