PhD candidate in Ultrafast Ultrasound of Heart and Brain (UltraHB)

Status Open
Beschikbaar per 2 juli, 2021
Werkgever Erasmus MC
Afdeling Biomedical Engineering
Dienstverband Voltijd
Werktijden 36 uur per week
Locatie Rotterdam
Sluitingsdatum 01 augustus, 2021
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Overige informatie

The Department of Thoraxcenter Biomedical Engineering plans to appoint

PhD candidate
in Ultrafast Ultrasound of Heart and Brain (UltraHB)

36 hours per week

Job description

Ultrafast Ultrasound for the Heart and Brain aims at deploying high-framerate ultrasound imaging (1000 to 10.000 frames per second) techniques to visualize and quantify blood flow from the very slow flows present in the microvessels of the brain to the fast and highly dynamic blood flow in the heart and large blood vessels. This project within the Medical Delta 2.0 program will build on current projects in our group in the fields of cardiovascular flow, brain perfusion, 3D ultrasound imaging and ultrasound contrast agents and will be performed in close collaboration with TU Delft.

For this research project we are looking for an enthusiastic candidate PhD-student.

The PhD student will concentrate on the development of ultrafast ultrasound methods for 2D and 3D flow imaging in the heart and large vessels, with and without ultrasound contrast agents, up to clinical pilot studies. There will be a close collaboration with researchers and clinicians in related projects in our lab, especially the Department of Cardiology (Dr. Annemien van den Bosch) as well as the Department of Applied Physics of TU Delft (Dr. David Maresca). This work will be carried out under the supervision of Dr. Jason Voorneveld and Dr. Hans Bosch. The work includes technical research as well as active participation in the clinical studies.

Work environment

A healthy population and excellence in healthcare through research and education. This is what Erasmus MC stands for. Conducting groundbreaking work, pushing boundaries and leading the way. In research, education, and healthcare. We are practical people with a high level of expertise, working hard to improve and renew the healthcare of today and the public health of tomorrow.
Thoraxcenter Biomedical Engineering is a group of over 60 researchers performing highly innovative research in cardiovascular diagnosis and therapy within the Department of Cardiology ( ). We focus on translational research in ultrasound imaging and image processing, ultrasound contrast agents for molecular imaging and drug delivery, intravascular imaging techniques and hemodynamics. Thoraxcenter Biomedical Engineering is composed of engineers, biologists and clinicians, closely collaborating on cutting-edge cardiovascular research. Its vibrant working environment attracts highly motivated researchers from all over the world.

Qualifications and skills

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student that meets the following requirements
• MSc in Technical Medicine or Clinical Technology; possibly Biomedical Engineering, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, with a proven interest/experience in medical applications.
• knowledge of ultrasound imaging and signal processing;
• experience with programming (Matlab, Python, C++, …);
• experience in measurements/experimental setups;
• experience / interest in clinical studies;
• creative, pro-active with good analytical skills and a sound academic attitude;
• excellent communication skills in English, both in writing and speaking; (IELTS overall score of 7.0 or TOEFL PBT 600; CBT 250; IBT 100)
• good team-player and able to work in a collaborative environment with other PhD students/researchers and supporting institutions.

Being able to present a certificate of good conduct, a valid proof of identity, diplomas and/ or relevant registration such as BIG/ RGS are conditions for the appointment.

Terms of employment

PhD appointment:
You will receive a temporary position for 1 year which will be extended to 3 or 4 years after positive evaluation of the first year. The gross monthly salary is € 2.495 ,- in the 1st year and increases to € 3.196,- in the 4th year (scale OIO). The terms of employment are according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Dutch University Medical Centers (CAO UMC).


For more information about the PhD position, please contact J.G. Bosch, Associate Professor, phone number: +31-10-7033088 or e-mail:
For other information please contact Mrs. Sharon Sewell, secretary, phone number: +31-10-7044030 or e-mail:

In case of multiple contacts for information about the vacancy:


Please send your application by e-mail to: stating vacancy code 26.23.21.TT
In case of other requirements to apply:
Interested candidates should send 1) a CV including names and contact information of two references who are acquainted with the applicant’s previous academic and/or research/professional activity; 2) transcripts from BSc and MSc degrees and 3) a motivation on why you want to join the group (max. 1 page).

No agencies please.

More information can be found here.



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