PhD candidate 'Deep learning for Prostate MRI Intervention guidance'

One million men receive a prostate cancer diagnosis, and three hundred thousand die from prostate cancer each year worldwide. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) …

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Geert Grooteplein Zuid, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 36 uur
€ 2279 - € 2919 per maand


One million men receive a prostate cancer diagnosis, and three hundred thousand die from prostate cancer each year worldwide. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) represents a major breakthrough by accurately detecting clinically significant prostate cancers at an early, potentially more curable stage. The same MRI can also be used for better treatment targeting and for avoiding unnecessary systematic biopsies. MRI allows patient-specific guidance during surgery.

Radboudumc has recently set up an MRI in its Medical Innovation and Technology expert Center. Interpreting MRI imaging during surgery is however very challenging and time-consuming. Technology for real-time accurate modeling is not available. Artificial Intelligence and more specifically Deep Learning has shown promising results segmentation of medical images, mainly for diagnostic use. For interventional purposes, speed and accuracy are still major challenges.

This project is part of a recently awarded EDL perspectief project. EDL aims to make deep learning much more efficient. This PhD project aims to research deep learning that will demonstrably help clinicians to provide real-time modeling of MRI during an intervention. The research includes automatic segmentation using a massive MRI database. We closely work with clinicians in all projects and are collecting extensive data sets of expert annotations. State-of-the-art deep learning 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.

Radboudumc is a clinical expert on prostate MRI and technical expert in the field of prostate AI technology for over 20 years and an early adopter of deep learning in medical imaging. Deep learning is currently the most active research area within machine learning and computer vision, and medical image analysis. DIAG currently has 40 deep learning researchers focused on various medical image analysis topics. A team of scientific programmers is supporting our deep learning research, maintaining a large cluster of computers equipped with high-end GPUs for large-scale experimentation.

You will be part of a multidisciplinary team, consisting of machine learning and clinical researchers and collaborate with external partners. The main external partner for this project is Siemens Healthineers, but you will have opportunities to work with the other partners in the EDL project: AIIR Innovations, ASTRON, CWI, Cyclomedia, Cygnify, Donders Institute, FEI, 2getthere, GN Hearing, Holst Centre, ING, Intel, Irdeto, Lely, Mobiquity, NLeSC, NXP, NVIDIA, Océ, Schiphol, Scyfer, Sectra, Semiotic Labs, Sightcorp, Sorama, SURFsara, TASS International, Tata Steel, TU Dresden, Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Thales, TNO, TomTom, University of Twente, University of Amsterdam, 3DUniversum, VicarVision, ViNotion, VU Amsterdam, Wageningen University & Research.


Positions can be filled by either a PhD student or postdoc.

You are a creative and ambitious researcher with an MSc degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Physics, Engineering or Biomedical Sciences or similar, with a clear interest in machine learning, deep learning, medical image analysis. Good communication skills and expertise in software development, preferably in Python/C++, are essential. Experience with deep learning should be evident from the (online) courses you've followed, your publications, GitHub account, etc.


PhD positions have the standard salary and secondary conditions for PhD students in the Netherlands. Your performance will be evaluated after 1 year. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 3 years. The research should result in a PhD thesis.

Upon commencement of employment we require a certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, VOG) and there will be a screening based on the provided CV. Radboud university medical center's HR Department will apply for this certificate on your behalf.

Read more about the Radboudumc employment conditions and what our International Office can do for you when moving to the Netherlands.

Additional information

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from dr. Henkjan Huisman, associate professor. Use the Apply button to submit your application.

Please apply before October 1.
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