PhD position: Artificial intelligence in stroke imaging

36 hours a week
€2495 - €3196

Closing date: November 8

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The Medical Imaging Center of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious PhD candidate for a stroke imaging project within the department of Radiology.

Working environment

The UMCG is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and takes care of an adherence region of > 2.5 million inhabitants in the north of the Netherlands. As PhD candidate you will be appointed to the Medical Imaging Center (MIC) and will be part of an enthusiastic, multidisciplinary research group with different lines of research in the field of diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology. The MIC conducts high quality patient care. By translating problems that we experience in clinical practice into scientific research, we focus on further improving patient care. The MIC consists of more than 330 professionals (approximately 250 within the radiology and 80 within nuclear medicine) and more than 80 PhD students. Envisioning the future, we foresee a crucial role for artificial intelligence, both in daily patient care and research. One of the strategic research priorities within the UMCG is its application within image-guided therapy, with a special focus on stroke. We have well-established research collaborations with international experts in this field.

PhD candidates are enrolled at the Graduate School of Medical Sciences (GSMS) of the University of Groningen. Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen (RUG) has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Belonging to the best research universities of Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge. Groningen is a thriving university city set in quiet, spacious surroundings.

Job description

This project is partnership with Siemens Healthineers. As a PhD student you will work on developing and validating novel artificial intelligence tools for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. State-of-the-art predictive models will be continuously evaluated and implemented in a clinical prototype for validation and feedback. The research includes quantitative imaging biomarkers, and multivariate analysis using CT and c-arm images from our large patient population. You will also assess the effect of implementing these tools as a healthcare intervention within a regional stroke network. You will closely work with experts from different disciplines (including Radiology, Neuroscience, Neurology, the faculty of Economics & Business (Health Technology Assessment) and experts in this field from other International universities. Results will be presented at scientific meetings and published in journals.


You should be a creative and enthusiastic researcher with an MSc degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Physics, Engineering, Technical Medicine or Biomedical Sciences or similar, with a clear interest in image analysis and an affinity with medical applications. Experience with artificial intelligence is preferred. Good communication skills, team spirit, but also being able to work independently are essential.

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 Conduct’ is required.

What do we offer

This is a full-time appointment for four years, that should result in a PhD thesis. Your salary will be a minimum of € 2.495,- gross per month in the first year and a maximum of € 3.196,- (scale PhD) in the final (4th) year, based on a full-time appointment. In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centres (CAO-UMC). English:

For more information about the vacancy, you can contact:

  • dr. R.P.H. Bokkers, phonenumber: +31 50 361 2205, e-mail address: (please do not use e-mail address for applications)
  • prof. dr. K. Mouridsen, phonenumber: +45 29 80 5090

Please state in your CV the names and contact information of at least two references and add a short biosketch. A reprint or link to your Master thesis and publications should preferably be added.

For questions about the position

If you have any questions about the job position, we would love to hear from you. Do not hesitate to contact us.

How to apply

Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed. You can apply until 8 November 2020.
Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.


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