PhD position: Artificial intelligence in imaging of liver and pancreas diseases

Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen

Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen

PhD student
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Working environment

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and the largest employer in the Northern Netherlands. In addition to providing clinical care, there is much focus on the core research, training and education. The Department of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging is part of the UMCG. It has well-established structural international research collaborations with academic partners.
At least as important as a pleasant working environment is a pleasant living environment. Groningen is a thriving university city set in quiet, spacious surroundings.

Job description

The UMCG is a well-known expert center in treating patients with diseases of the liver and pancreas. Although standard medical imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allow to establish a correct diagnosis in most patients, this is not always the case. Consequently, a nonnegligible proportion of patients will undergo unnecessary invasive biopsies, surgery, or drug therapy, which are costly and carry a risk of complications and side effects.

Computers can potentially extract more accurate and reliable information from imaging examinations than human readers. It is anticipated that an artificial intelligence-based imaging evaluation will become an important diagnostic tool and will be of benefit to patients.

This project aims to develop and evaluate computer-aided diagnostic systems that will demonstrably help clinicians to improve the diagnosis of liver and pancreas disease on CT and MRI. The research includes quantitative imaging biomarkers, and multivariate analysis using CT and MR images from our large database of patients with liver and pancreas diseases. State-of-the-art predictive models will be continuously evaluated and implemented in a clinical prototype for validation and feedback. Results will be presented at scientific meetings and published in journals. We will closely work with experts in medical informatics from our department, as well as with experts in this field from other Dutch universities.

What do we need

You should be a creative and enthusiastic researcher with an MSc degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Physics, Engineering or Biomedical Sciences or similar, with a clear interest in machine learning, radiomics, image analysis and an affinity with medical applications. Good communication skills and expertise in software development, preferably in Python/C++, are essential. Experience with artificial intelligence is a pre. The research should result in a PhD thesis.

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.

In case of specific professions a ‘Certificate of Good Behaviour’ is required.

What do we offer

A four years PhD position with a salary of € 2.357,- gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 3.020,- gross per month in the last fourth year (scale PhD). Maximum hours per week: 36. In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The terms of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centers (CAO-UMC).

More information

The following should be included: CV, list of followed courses and grades, letter of motivation, and preferably a reprint or link to your Master thesis and publications in English you have written.

Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed.
You can apply until 25 November 2018.
Immediately after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.

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