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PhD position in advanced MRI of Sickle Cell Disease

PhD position in advanced MRI of Sickle Cell Disease
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  • Hours: 36 uur per week
  • Location: Locatie AMC
  • Contract type: fixed-term
  • Salary: € 2.631 - € 3.336
  • React until: 11 September 2022
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The project

A 4-year PhD position is available in the departments of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine and Hematology at Amsterdam University Medical Center, location AMC. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a hereditary hemoglobinopathy that causes red blood cells to form a sickle shape in a deoxygenated state. Chronic hemolytic anaemia and vascular occlusion are symptoms of the disease. The prevalence of silent stroke in SCD is high, and there is no test to assess the risk of silent stroke in SCD. SCD pathophysiology in the brain can now be studied using advanced imaging technology such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Over the last decade, the AMC group has established a strong research line in sickle cell disease imaging, employing both arterial spin labelling and 4D flow MRI to assess cerebrovascular impairment.

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About your role

In this role you will have access to cutting-edge imaging hardware and software developed by the group. On a global scale, you will work with several research groups on this topic, most notably Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). A medical PhD student has been appointed to the same project and you will work closely together.

The goal of this PhD project is to investigate if imaging biomarkers can predict stroke in patients with SCD.

About you

We are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree in Technical Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Computer Science, or Physics, with a keen interest in applying advanced technology to medical research.

You have a strong background in imaging and processing imaging data. You are a positively minded scientist with excellent verbal and written skills in English, motivated to discover novel approaches to technical challenges and ready to work hard to build a scientific career. 

Our offer

Working at AMC means working in an inspiring and professional environment in which developing one`s talents and skills is encouraged. We offer a salary in line with the Collective Labour Agreement for University Medical Centers in the Netherlands (CAO UMC) with a range of added fringe benefits, such as an annual bonus of 8.3 %, holiday allowance, collective discounted rates for a number of insurances, an attractive bicycle scheme and/or public transport allowance, and free parking.

PhD students (Onderzoeker in Opleiding) are placed in scale 21, with a fulltime gross salary that ranges from €2.279,- to €2.919,- and is based on qualifications and experience. The position is for 4 years.

About your workplace

We are equipped with three state-of-the-art 3 Tesla MRI scanners. The MRI research group offers a resourceful and stimulating scientific environment. The PhD project will be jointly supervised by experts in imaging (Prof. dr. ir. Aart Nederveen) and hematology (Prof. dr. Bart Biemond).

Amsterdam UMC has an open culture. This means that we hope that everyone feels welcome in our organization and that we strive to offer equal opportunities to everyone. We therefore cordially invite all interested parties to respond to this vacancy. Check out our approach to diversity and inclusion.
What to expect
A job in our beautiful capital city
Working for the favorite employer in healthcare (intermediary 2021)
All colleagues have the same goal: contributing to tomorrow’s care
There is room for development, deepening and broadening of your knowledge
An active staff association that organizes fun activities and arranges discounts on products and services for you
Amsterdam UMC innovates continuously, which requires a flexible attitude from everyone
Two large locations, good for your pedometer!
You have more than 15.000 colleagues, not all of whom you will get to know personally
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If you wish to apply for this position, click on the ‘online application’ button. For more information, please contact prof. Aart Nederveen or prof. dr. Bart Biemond ( by email.

During the publication period, applications will be handled continuously. If the vacancy is filled, it will be closed prematurely