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PhD (2x) in MRI based endovascular therapy of abdominal aortic aneurysms

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PhD (2x) in MRI based endovascular therapy of abdominal aortic aneurysms
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  • Hours: 36 5 uur per week
  • Division: Surgical specialties
  • Contract type: fixed-term
  • Salary: € 2.495 - € 3.196
  • React until: 31 October 2021
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About your role

We are looking for two PhD candidates for the MARVY (Development of MRI-based endovascular procedures for Vascular Surgery) project in Amsterdam UMC, who will substantially improve magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the clinical evaluation and treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). One PhD-student will be more focused on the clinical implementation (supervision Dr. Yeung, VUmc) and one will be focusing on advancing MRI techniques (supervision Prof. Nederveen, AMC).  This job offer on VUmc is for the one PhD-student focusing on clinical implementation and development of MRI-based diagnosis and treatment of AAA. Currently there are several clinical challenges in the treatment of AAAs that require the development of imaging guidance in several stages of the disease, which are all radiation based. AAA progression can be monitored by advanced MRI methods; the procedure to place stents in the AAA can be performed in the MRI scanner requiring real time MRI and finally the success of stent placement can be monitored with MRI as well instead of with radiation based CT.

Your tasks will be:

  • Your main task will be to implement, test and evaluate new approaches to quantitative and realtime MRI for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of aortic aneurysms.
  • You will work on the entire MRI chain and clinical workflow of aortic aneurysm treatment. You will acquire patients’ data, MRI data, and analyse the MRI data.
  • You will be part of the translational vascular surgery group and MRI-physics group at the Amsterdam UMC, in which you will closely work together with other PhD candidates (with technical and medical backgrounds).
  • You will perform novel academic research combining AI and medical physics. Your research will be published in top-rated high-impact peer-reviewed journals.
  • You will regularly be presenting the work at (international) conferences.
  • You will assist in relevant teaching activities.
  • You will collaborate with your fellow medical physics PhD students and help your fellow clinical PhD students in their trials.

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The project

In this project we will evaluate if diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of aortic aneurysms can be performed with advanced MRI methods. Together with the MR-Physics group we will  develop quantitative MRI methods (e.g. flow and perfusion assessment) together with real time MRI for visualization of and localization of markers during an interventional procedure. To achieve this novel MRI postprocessing and reconstruction methods will be developed. Over the years the Applied MR Physics group of the Amsterdam UMC has pioneered in close collaboration with clinical partners the use of compressed sensing for accelerating quantitative imaging and currently several artificial intelligence (AI) based methods are under evaluation. Implementing these methods for MRI in AAAs requires a next step, as both the temporal and spatial resolution restraints are more severe than in current applications.

Our group has expertise in a large variety of advanced MRI methods and new endovascular therapies for aortic aneurysms, which will allow for the perfect environment to bring this project to a successful end. Furthermore, we work closely together with industrial partners enabling a rapid development and validation of the techniques.

About you

We are searching for candidates who want to improve healthcare with a medical background . On the one hand, the student must enjoy to learn new technical approaches in MRI, perform data analysis and machine learning approaches that are informed by MRI physics. The candidate must function in a multidisciplinary team and collaborate with doctors to show the clinical advantages of the technique and get it implemented in the clinical workflow.

A candidate must have:

  • A medical degree or medical degree with technical background (Technical Physician)
  • An interest in health care and, in particular, vascular surgery and MRI
  • An interdisciplinary mindset; open and proactive in interacting with researchers from different disciplines (e.g. doctors, medical researchers and other technical researchers)
  • English communication, presentation and writing skills
  • Highly motivated and creative

 Additional skills (not obligated) we would like to see:

  • Programming experience (Programming skills in Python and/or C++ are a bonus)
  • Experience with machine learning
  • Experience with data analysis
  • Experience with MRI and MR-physics (or other medical imaging approaches)
Our offer

Working at the Amsterdam UMC means working in an inspiring and professional environment in which developing one`s talents and skills are encouraged. As PhD candidate, you have access to the Graduate School to further develop your skills. We offer a salary in line with the Collective Labor Agreement for University Medical Centers in the Netherlands (CAO UMC).

  • PhD students (Onderzoeker in Opleiding) are placed on scale 21, with a full-time gross salary that ranges from €2.495,- to €3.196,- based on qualifications and experience.
  • In addition, there is an annual bonus of 8,3% and a holiday allowance of 8%.
  • The position is for 4 years. Starting with a contract for 12 months, to be extended for another 36 months upon evaluation).
  • There is a range of added fringe benefits, such as collective discounted rates for several insurances, an attractive bicycle scheme and/or public transport allowance, and free parking.
  • Pension is built up at BeFrank.
About your workplace

You will be part of the translational vascular research group and the MRI-physics group at the Amsterdam UMC (location AMC). Dr. Vincent Jongkind and Dr. Oliver Gurney-Champion and Dr. Pim van Ooij will be daily supervisors. Dr. Kak Khee Yeung and prof. Aart Nederveen will be the promotors. The translational vascular surgery research group and the MRI-physics research group offer a resourceful and stimulating scientific environment. We are an energetic and enthusiastic team of roughly 15 BSc/MSc students, 20 PhD candidates, 3 postdocs, 5 assistant professors and two professors. The MRI-physics group is part of the department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine and the translational vascular surgery research group of the department of Surgery.

At the Amsterdam UMC, we see over 300 aortic aneurysms yearly and we are equipped with a hybrid endovascular room. We are also equipped with 10 state-of-the-art 1.5/3 Tesla MRI scanners and a 7 tesla MRI scanner. We have reserved MRI research hours on most scanners.

What to expect
A job in our beautiful capital
Working for the most preferred employer in healthcare (intermediair 2021)
All colleagues have the same goal: contributing to tomorrow's care
We care not only for our patients, but also for you
Cooperation is characterised by mutual trust and interest in one another
We are constantly innovating, so you must be able to deal with change
Parking is limited at location VUmc, but by public transport you can get to the door
A full agenda, because our staff association organises many fun activities
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Preferred start date for this position is as soon as possible.

For more information about this position, you can contact  Dr. Kak Khee Yeung via E: or Dr. Vincent Jongkind (

For more information about the application procedure please contact Tanja Hart, Recruitment Adviser, via T: 06-21603178 or E:

A reference check, screening and hiring test may be part of the procedure. Read hier whether this also applies to you. 

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.