Netherlands: PostDoc Position in Department of Radiology Leiden University Medical Center

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Job description

As postdoctoral researcher you will be involved in the optimisation and validation of muscle diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in neuromuscular disorders. Skeletal muscles of patients with neuromuscular disorders like Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy are characterized by high amounts of fat disposition. As a result, current DTI techniques of skeletal muscles are insufficient to obtain reliable images. Your work will consist of pulse programming of the MR scanner, acquiring images of healthy controls and patients with Becker muscular dystrophy, and analysing the results.

Research will be performed on Philips 7 and 3 tesla human systems  at the LUMC in Leiden, and is part of a multi-disciplinary approach in the study of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. You will write scientific publications, and present your results on national and international conferences.


You should have a PhD 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.

Conditions of employment

You will be employed on the basis of a 36-hour week. Appointment is for 3 years. Your salary will depend on your qualifications and experience, with a maximum of € 4,001,- gross per month based on a full time position (scale 10 of 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, appointment is for 3 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 can be described as truly multi-disciplinary, with high research standards and with 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. The LUMC is curator of the national database on Duchenne in which clinical and genetic data of more than 500 Dutch Duchenne and Becker patients are registered.

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, of if you want more information about this position, please contact Dr Hermien Kan, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, telephone +31 (0)71 526 60 97 , email

If 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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