PhD candidate: Development of Interventional Hybrid X-ray/Nuclear Imaging

You will be developing and clinically evaluating an interventional imaging device, invented at the UMCU, to improve guidance of (liver) cancer treatment, in close collaboration with physicist, radiologists and industry.

About the position

Our new device, developed at the UMC Utrecht and called a hybrid C-arm, combines nuclear and X-ray imaging to get live hybrid images during minimal invasive interventions. The overall aim of the project you will be working on is to clinically demonstrate that liver cancer treatment can be more precise in much shorter procedure times using the hybrid C-arm. Your tasks and responsibilities may include i) development of software to do (real) time imaging and dosimetry during (oncological) interventions (requiring algorithm implementation skills) ii) hardware improvement of the hybrid C-arm (requiring physics and technical skills) iii) support of a clinical evaluation study and iv) processing and analyzing the clinical data and phantom data (requiring hands on skills). You will be working at the medical physics group of the department of radiology. Here you will collaborate with physicists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians and other researchers and PhD students appointed to the project including researchers from the TU Delft. This project is part of the broader research consortium IMAGIO and funded by the European Union.

The department

Your profile

The imaging division of the University Medical Center Utrecht is formed by Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy. The Ph.D. candidate will be member of the Medical Physics team of Radiology and work in close collaboration with medical specialists and industrial partners. For training-purposes, the Ph.D. candidate will be affiliated with the PhD programme Medical Imaging of the Utrecht University Graduate School of Life Sciences. The PhD programme provides a broad selection of courses and organizes various scientific workshops and colloquia.

We are looking for excellent candidates to develop image acquisition and processing methods to be directly used in a clinical study in the new field interventional hybrid imaging. The project requires resourcefulness and technical creativity.
 
You are a creative and enthusiastic researcher with an MSc degree in physics, technical medicine, biomedical engineering, informatics, electrical engineering, or a comparable field, and a strong interest in medical physics, medical imaging and technology.  Furthermore you have i) a clear interest to develop image processing algorithms, imaging hardware and an affinity with medical topics ii) Experience with imaging and knowledge of the physics of radiation detector technology are a big plus.  iii) Expertise in software development, preferably in Python and iv) Good communication and enjoy working in a multidisciplinary team.
 
The candidate will have a strong contribution to the success of the project that aims to come a new and improved treatment of (liver) cancer.

The department

The imaging division of the University Medical Center Utrecht is formed by Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy. The Ph.D. candidate will be member of the Medical Physics team of Radiology and work in close collaboration with medical specialists and industrial partners. For training-purposes, the Ph.D. candidate will be affiliated with the PhD programme Medical Imaging of the Utrecht University Graduate School of Life Sciences. The PhD programme provides a broad selection of courses and organizes various scientific workshops and colloquia.

Your profile

We are looking for excellent candidates to develop image acquisition and processing methods to be directly used in a clinical study in the new field interventional hybrid imaging. The project requires resourcefulness and technical creativity.
 
You are a creative and enthusiastic researcher with an MSc degree in physics, technical medicine, biomedical engineering, informatics, electrical engineering, or a comparable field, and a strong interest in medical physics, medical imaging and technology.  Furthermore you have i) a clear interest to develop image processing algorithms, imaging hardware and an affinity with medical topics ii) Experience with imaging and knowledge of the physics of radiation detector technology are a big plus.  iii) Expertise in software development, preferably in Python and iv) Good communication and enjoy working in a multidisciplinary team.
 
The candidate will have a strong contribution to the success of the project that aims to come a new and improved treatment of (liver) cancer.

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Hugo de Jong

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