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PhD student on Spatiotemporal Modelling of Embryonic Brain Development

  • 52.04.18.TG
  • 36 hours per week
  • Biomedical Imaging Group Rotterdam (BIGR)

Job description

This PhD project aims at developing a comprehensive four-dimensional (4D) spatiotemporal model of the human embryonic and fetal brain. This 4D atlas will be constructed using ultrasound imaging data from hundreds of subjects, by employing advanced image analysis and machine learning (including deep learning) techniques. Brain morphology will be related to maternal obesity and postnatal neurodevelopmental functioning.

This unique approach will unravel mechanisms on the impact of maternal obesity on prenatal neurodevelopment from the earliest moment in life. This will contribute to our ultimate goal to better diagnose, treat and prevent maternal obesity and neurodevelopmental disorders in the future. The PhD student will closely collaborate with other image analysis researchers as well as with clinical researchers.

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.

This project is a unique and highly cross-disciplinary project, initiated by the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, and Medical Informatics. The PhD student will be embedded in the Biomedical Imaging Group Rotterdam (BIGR). BIGR develops and validates novel image analysis techniques for biomedical applications and is internationally at the forefront of quantitative medical image analysis. We offer a dynamic, challenging, and cooperative research environment. We have excellent access to large-scale imaging studies (clinical, epidemiological, and biological) and we collaborate closely with clinical experts from different departments within the Erasmus MC.

Qualifications and skills

You should be an independent and highly motivated researcher with an MSc or MEng degree in a technical domain (such as Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, Mathematics). Good programming skills are required. Experience with machine learning, image processing, and medical imaging is an advantage. You should be able to communicate and work with researchers from various clinical and technical fields.

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 € 2.357 ,- in the 1st year and increases to € 3.020,- 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 Dr. ir. Stefan Klein, Associate Professor by 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.

No agencies please.