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PhD candidate 'Ultrasound Blood Flow Imaging'

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Europe, with an increasing prevalence worldwide. Current monitoring and subsequent treatment options …

29 dagen geleden

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Geert Grooteplein Zuid, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 36 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2422 - € 3103 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Europe, with an increasing prevalence worldwide. Current monitoring and subsequent treatment options take into account only very simple geometrical generalized parameters, while patients could benefit from the inclusion of personalized local blood flow information into therapy guidance. More specifically, the visualization of blood flow patterns can provide insight into the hemodynamic mechanism of atherosclerotic lesion progression and help assess the risk of plaque rupture.

In this project supported by the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO-TTW) we will develop breakthrough non-invasive ultrasound technology that will deliver high-resolution ultrafast velocity vector imaging that is specifically tailored to monitor patients with stenotic and/or dilating arterial diseases. High frequency ultrafast ultrasound will be utilized in combination with dedicated ultrasound contrast agents to obtain accurate patient-specific functional information.

The project is a collaboration between the Medical Ultrasound Imaging Center of the Radboudumc and the Physics of Fluids group (POF) of the University of Twente. For this particular position, the focus will be on the use of high-frequency (10-25 MHz) ultrasound for application in the carotid artery. The candidate will build on pre-established knowledge on ultrafast blood flow imaging and signal analysis to further develop new and improved methods for in vivo imaging of the (diseased) carotid artery blood flow. The benefit of using higher frequencies with respect to conventional ultrasound has to be investigated. Dedicated imaging sequences need to be developed to cope with the increased attenuation, together with sophisticated algorithms for image formation, clutter reduction and blood velocity estimation. Modeling, experimental verification and testing, as well as initial clinical evaluation of the techniques will be performed, for which MUSIC has an excellent infrastructure available.

Functie-eisen

We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented student who is interested in a dynamic, stimulating and ambitious environment to perform research. The candidate should have a master degree in Biomedical Engineering, Physics, or Electrical Engineering (or an equivalent one). Also, candidates with a master in Technical Medicine with excellent skills in engineering are invited to apply. The focus of the project is on signal processing, development of dedicated ultrasound transmission schemes, and experimental (both using simulations and in-vitro setups) evaluation.

Requirements

  • An MSc in Biomedical Engineering, Physics or a similar university degree.
  • Excellent signal processing skills.
  • Previous experience with computer programming (e.g. Matlab).
  • Interested in hardware as well as in software development.
  • Interested in working in a hospital environment.
  • Capable of working independently within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Proficient in written and spoken English.

Conditions

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

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Additional information

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Ir. Chris de Korte, Professor 'Medical Ultrasound Technologies'. Use the Apply button to submit your application.

Please apply before November, 11.
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