Vacancies 64181-PhD-candidate-INSPiRE-MED-EU-project

  • 36 hours a week
  • Temporary
  • 4 years
  • Date of publication: 18 December 2018
  • Deadline: 1 February 2019
  • Scale 10A: max € 42220 gross per year at full employment (incl. vacation bonus and end of year payments)
  • First interview scheduled: 4 February 2019
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Project description
This project concerns ESR project 10 of the 15 ESR positions of the INSPiRE-MED European Training Network, which focuses on the development of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) and MR Spectroscopic Imaging (MRSI) combined with Positron Emission Tomography (PET), enhanced by machine learning techniques.

In the ESR 10 project the candidate will develop and implement innovative MR technology to optimize a fully automated work flow of integrated data acquisition and post-processing for the detection, localization and grading of prostate cancer in patients. In particular we aim to reduce signal artefacts and noise, reduce acquisition time and provide improved differentiation of cancerous and benign tissue. The candidate will also be involved in the interpretation of the MRSI data using histopathology results and in the context of data acquired with multi-parametric MR and PET imaging of the prostate of the same patients. For integrated PET-MR imaging and metabolomics we will work with the NTNU at the University of Trondheim, Norway.

The candidate is expected to participate actively in MR innovations and applications in this field,  supervised by senior MR researchers, and to participate in the exchange of ideas within the project. He/she is also expected to communicate results to the scientific community and the public and to write a PhD thesis at the end of the project. The candidate will receive multi-disciplinary training at multiple research centres and companies throughout the EU in the form of courses, seminars and research secondments at other partner institutions

We offer a fulltime job for a period of 3 years, which, funding allowing, will be extended to 4 years. This can be the start of a successful career including a PhD qualification and a publication record allowing future applications for post-doctoral or other research positions.


  • You should have a master's degree in (bio-) physics, chemistry, biology, medical engineering or a similar field with an equivalent academic level;
  • A genuine interest in biomedical imaging and research should motivate your application;
  • Experience with Magnetic Resonance and/or signal processing is not necessary, but appreciated, especially in a biomedical setting;
  • Strong social abilities allowing an active participation to the European network, fruitful exchanges with other students and researchers, and an excellent integration in the research team;
  • Ready and able to travel in Europe for the network meetings as well as for sharing the experience of your secondment team.


Nijmegen and the Radboudumc
Nijmegen is the oldest Dutch city with a rich history and one of the liveliest city centers in the Netherlands. Radboud University has over 17,000 students. Radboud University Medical Center is a leading academic center for medical science, education and health care with over 10,000 staff and 3,000 students.
Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
The Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine is one of the most active research departments of the Radboudumc. More than 100 researchers are continuously striving to optimize healthcare.
Research environment
This project is hosted by the Biomedical MR group at the department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the Radboud University Medical Center. Magnetic resonance (MR) is the main modality for non-invasive investigations of anatomy, physiology and metabolism in humans and animals. The Biomedical MR group aims to develop, implement and apply advanced MR methods for the understanding of disease and for diagnostics in clinical MR. The main research topics of the group are in the fields of oncology and disorders of energy metabolism. We participate in the world-leading activities of our department in imaging of prostate cancer (e.g. with MR, PET). In these activities we focus on research of metabolism of the prostate with MR spectroscopic imaging and of lymph node metastasis of prostate cancer.

We collaborate with local, national and international research groups including partners in other EC projects and with groups in the US. Our department has various systems available for MR imaging and spectroscopic research including preclinical animal MR at 7 and 11.7 T field strength and  human whole body MR systems at 3T and 7T. The department also houses expert groups in Nuclear Medicine with PET and SPECT machines and in analyses of medical imaging with Artificial Intelligence.
The selected candidate will be able to take advantage of the unique set-up of the INSPiRE-MED network, encompassing 12 academic and 9 industrial partners providing the young researcher with transferable and generic skills as well as a comprehensive, wide-ranging education on the basic principles of medical imaging and image analysis.

Radboudumc strives to be a leading developer of sustainable, innovative and affordable healthcare to improve the health and wellbeing of people and society in the Netherlands and beyond. This is the core of our mission: To have a significant impact on healthcare. To get a better picture of what this entails, check out our strategy.

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Employment conditions

Upon commencement of employment we require a certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, VOG) and there will be, depending on the type of job, a screening based on the provided cv. Radboud university medical center’s HR Department will apply for this certificate on your behalf.

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Comments and contact information

Early-Stage Researchers shall, at the time of recruitment by the Radboudumc, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
 At the time of recruitment by the Radboudumc, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. 

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Arend Heerschap, scientific researcer Radiology and Nuclear Medicine via +31 (0)24 361 47 95 or Dr. Tom Scheenen, professor in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine via +31 (0)24 361 31 57. Use the Apply button to submit your application.

Please apply before 1 February.
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