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PhD position musculoskeletal imaging

7 Feb 2023

Job Information

University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht)
Research Field
Medical sciences
Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)
Application Deadline
Type of Contract
Job Status
Not Applicable
Hours Per Week
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

Your project will focus on the analysis of MRI scans, radiographs, and PET-CT scans of patients with Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA). Medical image analysis, but also integrative statistical analysis of imaging data with other datasets (clinical, biochemical), will be an important part of your project. There is space to pursue your own image analysis ideas within this project (e.g. machine learning or exploration of new analysis techniques). You will perform your research with joint support and supervision from the Rheumatology and Radiology departments. Patient recruitment of 160 patients in the TOFA-PREDICT study is halfway. The first (image) analyses will start soon. The last data collection and verification of the interim analyses will be completed end of 2024. The goal of this research project is to provide patients with a personalized treatment strategy where we can select specific drugs based on predictions.

You will coordinate your work within an (inter)national network of collaborators, including industry partners. Moreover, collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, researchers, biologists, radiologists, statisticians, and bioinformaticians form an essential part of the job. We offer an exciting opportunity to contribute to an ambitious research program within a highly motivated team. Teaching opportunities will be available, if desired. You will receive training, supervision, and guidance for both your research work and personal development, which will provide an excellent basis to an independent academic career. You will also join the Graduate School of Life Sciences, where you can follow courses and participate in events for PhD students, and attend (inter)national conferences.

The initial contract will be for a period of one year, in case of mutual agreement this will be extended to a total of four years with a thesis defense as a final goal.


Specific Requirements

You have a master's degree in medicine, technical medicine, biotechnology, or equivalent.

You are interested in scientific research and eligible to enroll at a PhD degree.

You have affinity for medical imaging (experience in this is an advantage).

You have good communication and English language skills, which enables you to interact with colleagues with different backgrounds.

The salary scale depends on your education, knowledge and experience and will be discussed during a job interview.

Additional Information


The maximum salary for this position (28 - 36 hours) is € 5.088,00 gross per month based on full-time employment.

In addition, we offer an annual benefit of 8.3%, holiday allowance, travel expenses and career opportunities. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Cao University Medical Centers (UMC).

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Work Location(s)

Number of offers available
UMC Utrecht
Postal Code
Heidelberglaan 100


Heidelberglaan 100
Postal Code
3584 CX