Netherlands: PostDoc Resrarch Position in ‘Quantitative PET/MR imaging and image reconstruction’ at VU University Medical Center

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Job description

The development of new MR based attenuation correction and image reconstruction methods.
Among the various imaging modalities available in our department, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a very sensitive, selective and quantitative methodology to visualize (patho)-physiological, metabolic processes. Recently, an innovative combined PET/MR system was installed in VUmc, allowing the combination of molecular with structural and functional imaging.However, quantitative PET imaging using this system is still challenging. Therefore, we are looking for a postdoc researcher working on the development of new MR based attenuation correction and image reconstruction methods, which can overcome the limitations caused by the current versions of MR based attenuation correction.

As a PostDoc researcher, your main responsibilities are:

  • Developing and validating new MR based attenuation correction and image reconstruction methods allowing for accurate quantitative PET/MR imaging (including experimental validations and performing reconstruction simulations);
  • Assist in the clinical validation of PET/MR imaging results;
  • Image quantification and kinetic analysis.


We are searching for a PostDoc researcher with the following experise:

  • MSc degree in (medical) physics, computional science or image processing;
  • You hold a PhD on a topic related to quantitative PET imaging;
  • You preferably have experience with the development of PET image reconstruction methods / software and image processing;
  • Excellent skills in (mainly) matlab and C++ programming.

Conditions of employment

Salary scale: 10 (min EUR 2.523 – max EUR 4.001 gross per month based on a 36 hour working week), depending on qualifications and experience.

Apart from a good base salary, we offer a set 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday pay. For more information about our fringe benefits, please visit: (Dutch version).

We offer a 12 month contract which can be extended by another 12 months depending on performance.

Contract type: Temporary, 12 months.


VU University Medical Center

VU University Medical Center was founded on 1 January 2001. It was created by the integration of the VU hospital, which opened in 1966, and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s Faculty of Medicine, which was founded in 1950. The history of medical science at VU Amsterdam stretches back to the beginning of the last century. The motto adopted by the VU hospital was ‘Medicina Miseriacordiae Ministra’ (medicine is the servant of mercy). This motto characterizes the Christian tradition from which the VU hospital sprang. Its priorities are human dignity and respectful treatment.


Radiology & Nuclear medicine

The department of radiology & nuclear medicine of the VU University Medical Center has a strong focus on the development of Positron Emission Tomography applications and technology with key opinion leaders prof. dr. Adriaan Lammertsma and prof. dr. Guus van Dongen heading the scientific research of the department. An important step forward is the establishment of a brand new molecular imaging center in 2017 where all imaging modalities will come together and multidisciplinary teams consisting of physicians, biologists, physicists and chemists will work closely together at one unique location. Please for more information.

Additional information

At present a project called ‘Quantitative multidimensional imaging for individualized treatment: Quantivision’ sponsored by ZonMW has started recently (1st of September 2013). This project is a collaboration with various other departments within VUmc, with (academic) partners in the Amsterdam area and various companies, such as the Philips research and development teams located in Aachen (Germany) and Cleveland (USA).

For more information about this position you can contact mr. prof. dr. R. Boellaard, Clinical Physicist and Head of imaging methodology by telephonenumber: +31 (0)20 – 444 9638.

Please submit your candidacy by latest October 21st, 2013 with reference number: AT D5.2013.00130WH through the application link below.

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