Netherlands: PhD Candidates for Advanced Brain Imaging at Radboud University Nijmegen

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Job description

We are seeking two early-stage researchers for a European Industrial Doctorates programme in advanced brain imaging using MRI. The project is a collaboration between the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging at Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands) and Siemens Medical Solutions based in Erlangen (Germany). Additional training will also be provided by the Rotterdam School of Management. The goal is to provide high-level modern training for physical scientists wishing to pursue a career in industry or academia. The researchers will divide their time equally between Nijmegen and Erlangen, spending the first year of the project in Nijmegen. The researchers will thus experience both an academic and a commercial environment. The project will use novel brain imaging techniques to make exhaustive examination possible within a fraction of the time needed only a few years ago. The researchers will develop acquisition and analysis tools in Nijmegen and translate them into prototype applications in Erlangen. These will enable an analysis not only of brain anatomy, but also of brain connectivity. In the final stage of the project the tools developed will be utilised in a cohort of healthy volunteers to obtain normative values of brain anatomy and connectivity as functions of age and gender. The project offers an integrated training programme in MR-physics, neuroimaging and commercial and business skills, and will offer the researchers a broad range of career choices upon graduation.


– a background in physical sciences, mathematics or engineering;
– an excellent academic trackrecord with a completed Master’s degree at the start of the project;
– a high degree of motivation and the ability to work independently;
– good communication skills, including both verbal and written English;
– the ability to work well in a team;
– an interest in the commercial application of advanced medical imaging techniques;
– prior knowledge of MR physics and the C++ programming language would be advantageous;
– to conform with EU regulations you may not have resided in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the last three years.

Conditions of employment

– you will be classified as PhD student (promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO).
– the starting salary is €2,083 per month on a full-time basis; the salary will increase to €2,542 per month in the third year;

Contract type: Temporary, 3 years


Radboud University Nijmegen

Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities.


Donders Institute, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging

The work environment in both Nijmegen and Erlangen is highly stimulating and international. There is guaranteed access to state-of-the-art MRI scanners (at 1.5, 3 and 7 Tesla) and advanced computing facilities.
“As one of the largest providers worldwide, Siemens Healthcare helps to optimize processes in healthcare and to better care for patients. Approximately 51,000 people integrate medical technology, IT, service and consulting for innovative solautions with proven customer benefits.

The business unit Magnetic Resonance (MR) in the healthcare sector of Siemens AG is a highly innovative business unit. The non-invasive nature of this imaging modality fosters a high research activity in this field. In this context we are cooperating intensively with our customers to further develop new techniques for preclinical and clinical imaging.

No commercial propositions please.

Additional information

David Norris
+ 31 24 3610649
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