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PhD candidate on Medical Ultrasound Echography for 3D Re-perfusion Imaging

  • 49.15.18.TT
  • 36 hours per week
  • Cardiologie

Job description

After hospital intervention for opening of clogged coronary arteries, one-third of patients show no restored blood perfusion in the heart wall. In this project we will build a new volumetric echographic system to monitor the blood perfusion during the intervention, which enables patient-specific treatment for better health afterwards. A team of PhD students, senior members, and clinicians will work together to develop and test a novel high frame rate volumetric ultrasound imaging system to provide diagnostic information. We will use ultrasound contrast agents to trace the perfusion. Potentially, the system has great value to detect these agents in the heart wall, but this needs careful development of existing and new detection strategies in the rapidly moving heart. We are currently looking for a PhD student to develop and validate such contrast-agent-specific imaging strategies. For the measurements we will use existing and novel ultrasound equipment. The developed methodology will be extensively validated in experimental setups (both in-vitro and in-vivo).

The PhD project is part of a large research effort (called “QUANTO”) granted by the Dutch research funding agency NWO-AES, as a personal grant to the principal investigator ( H.J. Vos). This effort aims at developing the system from idea to bedside within 5 years, and will run at the Erasmus Medical Center and Delft University of Technology. The team will consist of multi-disciplinary partners and is supported by industry.

Work environment

Erasmus MC stands for a healthy population and excellence in healthcare. By conducting groundbreaking work, we aim to push boundaries through leading the way in research, education and healthcare. We have access to the latest equipment and techniques in a state-of-the-art environment.

The Thoraxcenter Biomedical Engineering is part of our Thoraxcenter. The research group is led by Prof. Ton van der Steen. At the crossroads of physics, technology, biology and medicine we are developing innovative techniques and methods to improve diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

Qualifications and skills

We are looking for a PhD candidate (Junior Researcher) with a MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Electronics, Mechanics, or related fields, with preferably experience in technical-medical research. Experience in diagnostic ultrasound, ultrasound contrast imaging, and image or signal processing is highly welcome. Both technical medicine graduates with a strong technical background as well as technical graduates with a solid medical interest are encouraged to apply.

Candidates are expected to work autonomously in an interdisciplinary, international environment. You have a can-do attitude and are an able experimentalist. The research project should result in several peer-reviewed scientific publications and a PhD thesis. Expertly qualified post-doc candidates are also invited to apply. In this case, you hold a PhD in a closely related field, and your qualities as a scientist are evident from your publications. A post-doc appointment is for 3 years.

Being able to present a certificate of good conduct, a valid proof of identity, diploma's and/ or relevant registration such as BIG/ RGS are conditions for the appointment.

Terms of employment

You will receive a temporary position for 4 years. The gross monthly salary is € 2.336,- in the 1st year and increases to € 2.992,- in the 4th year (scale OIO). The terms of employment are according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Dutch University Medical Centers (CAO UMC).

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Rik Vos, Assistant Professor, phone number: +31 (0)10 704 40 42 or e-mail: For queries regarding your application, please contact Jerry Chandansingh, Recruiter, phone number: +31 (0)10 704 49 83.

If you are excited by the thought of this position and would like to apply, please do so by using the application form on our website.


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