Netherlands: PhD in Medical Image Analysis at Delft University of Technology

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Job description

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in the western world. In the Netherlands, the incidence and mortality in 2011 were 13,254 and 5,088 respectively. Patients with colorectal cancer frequently present with liver metastases for which (partial) resection is an often applied therapy. The remaining part of the liver after resection—future remnant liver—should allow adequate liver function.
This assessment now includes a volumetric characterisation, which is relatively easy to perform but is less important than the functional status of the future remnant liver, which includes hepatocyte extraction function and liver fat content.
The objective of the PhD programme is to develop new MR image analysis methods to predict the functional status of the future remnant liver based on contrast-enhanced MRI. This will be combined with quantitative, MRI-based methods that allow segmental assessment of liver fat percentage.
The PhD student will closely collaborate with other PhD students involved in radiological and medical image analysis research.


We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic candidate with an MSc degree in (applied) physics or a related subject. He/she must have an excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and a top 20% ranking during his/her BSc and MSc studies. Experience in image processing is helpful. Good programming skills in MATLAB and C are a necessity.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home (with a contract of two years or longer), and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact M.S.M. Jungschlager, phone: +31 (0)15-2781416, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, transcript of grades, publication list and references along with a letter of application by 1 December 2013 to M.S.M. Jungschlager,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWIST13-024.

Contract type: Temporary, 4 years


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Applied Sciences

The position will be in the Department of Imaging Science and Technology (IST) of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at TU Delft. This department performs cutting-edge research spanning the range from understanding the basic principles underlying imaging technology to automated image analysis.

The Quantitative Imaging (QI) section performs fundamental and applied research in sensing (imaging systems), processing, analysis, and interpretation of multi-dimensional images. The research is applied in three multi-disciplinary fields: medical image processing, bio-molecular imaging (including microscopy and lab-on-a-chip), and industrial imaging.
The programmes are conducted in close collaboration with partners in academia (including several university medical centres), industry, and governmental research institutes.

Additional information

M.S.M. Jungschlager
+31 (0)15-2781416
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