Netherlands: PhD student in Department of Radiology Leiden University Medical Center

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Job description

As a PhD student you will be involved in the optimisation and validation of muscle diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in neuromuscular disorders. Your work will comprise the optimization of DTI techniques for mouse models of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and validation of these techniques using histology.

Research will be performed on  the 7 tesla Bruker animal system at the LUMC in Leiden, and is part of a multi-disciplinary approach in the study of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. You will perform the MRI scans and histology and analyse the results. You will write scientific publications, and present your results on national and international conferences.


You should have a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences, Technical Medicine, Biomedical Technology, Physics or similar. Candidates with a background or interest in MR imaging or MR spectroscopy are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience in histology  a permit for working with mice are preferred.

Conditions of employment

You will be employed on the basis of a 36-hour week. The appointment is for 4 years. Your salary will depend on your qualifications and experience, with a maximum of € 2,162,- gross per month in the first year increasing to a maximum of  € 2,770,-  gross per month in the fourth year based on a fulltime position (scale for PhD students for the Collective Labour Agreement for University Hospitals).

The terms of employment offered by the LUMC are highly favourable. For example, you will receive an 8% holiday remuneration, a year-end bonus, a pension arrangement with the National Civil Pension Fund, and, if applicable, a bonus for unsocial hours. Also, as employee of one of the University Hospitals in the Netherlands, you will naturally join our collective health insurance policy.

Moreover, the LUMC offers excellent facilities in the area of education, child-care centres, and career advice. In addition, you may enjoy various leave arrangements and other extras. You can read more about these facilities on the LUMC website.

Contract type: Temporary, the appointment is for 4 years.


Leiden University Medical Center

At the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), we are continually seeking to improve the quality of healthcare. The LUMC aims for excellence in patient care, research, teaching, training and continuing education.


Department of Radiology | C.J. Gorter Centre

The departments of Radiology, Neurology and Human Genetics collaborate closely in research on Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy, as well as on several other diseases.

The MR research group at the C.J. Gorter Centre in Leiden currently has six full time physicists, with a number of postdocs and graduate students. The working environment in the Gorter Centre can be described as truly multi-disciplinary, with high research standards and an active and social atmosphere. The departments of Neurology and Human Genetics play a pivotal role in the development of antisense oligonucleotide treatment options for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and are participating in several clinical trials on this topic.

Additional information

The full job description for this vacancy and the options for applying can be found on the website of Leiden University Medical center:
If you have any questions, or if you want more information about this position, please contact Dr Louise van der Weerd, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, +31-715264760, email L.van_der_weerd@lumc.nlIf you are interested in this job and your satisfy the requirements in the job profile, we encourage you to apply. You can do so by letter, by e-mail or by using the application form. You may rest assured that your details will be treated with strict confidentiality. After selecting a number of letters and CVs, one or two interviews will be conducted.

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