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PhD student Artificial Intelligence in Coronary Imaging

What you are going to do

We are offering a position for a PhD student for the Health~Holland funded DEBuT-LRP project on coronary artery plaque analysis. This project is a unique collaboration between the departments of Biomedical Engineering & Physics, Radiology and Cardiology and aims to further develop the treatment and non-invasive detection of lipid-rich coronary plaques. More than half of the acute coronary syndromes result from the rupture of a lipid-rich plaque (LRP), thus the detection hereof is of great importance for prognosis. To date, these LRPs can only be visualized using the invasive imaging techniques of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), combined with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), which is currently the gold standard. In this PhD project we aim to develop a non-invasive AI-based method that allows LRP detection and characterization with computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA). This will result in a more patient-friendly non-invasive screening of larger number of patients.

What we expect from you

We are looking for a MSc postgraduate in Biomedical engineering, Medical image sciences, Computer science, Medical physics, Applied mathematics, or closely related fields, with demonstrable interest in Medicine or Health Sciences. The candidate must have a good scientific background, should be highly motivated and independent, with good communication skills, and able to work in an interdisciplinary team of medical doctors and engineers. Programing experience is required. Experience with machine learning and deep learning is an advantage.

Where you are going to work

The Amsterdam UMC is one of the largest hospitals in the country and one of the foremost research institutes. The department of Biomedical Engineering & Physics, the department of Radiology and the department of Cardiology individually participate in numerous international research projects and studies. This PhD project will be embedded primarily in the Biomedical Engineering & Physics department at the subdivision of Medical Imaging. Here, the PhD student will be supervised by professor Ivana Isgum, who is an internationally renowned researcher in Artificial Intelligence with extensive experience in AI research in cardiovascular image analysis. Furthermore, the PhD student will work under the supervision of professor Jose Henriques, interventional cardiologist with broad experience in clinical cardiovascular research, and Dr. Nils Planken, radiologist, who is specialized in cardiovascular imaging and who is involved in multiple coronary plaque studies. The PhD student will work together in a team of other PhD and postdoctoral researchers.

What we offer you

We offer you ample opportunity for development, deepening and broadening, additional training and a place to grow! Working at AMR means working in an inspiring and professional environment where development is encouraged in every respect.

  • • The maximum gross monthly salary based on a 36-hour work week is € 3.103,- (scale 21 CAO UMC).
  • • The base salary does not include holiday pay (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%).
  • • We offer a contract for 12 months with a view to extend.
  • • In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, AMC also has a sufficient number of parking spaces for employees.
  • • Pension is accrued at Be Frank.

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Let’s meet

If you would like to apply directly, please use the ‘apply’ button on this page.
If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Anna van Veelen (Arts-onderzoeker Cardiologie), via

We look forward to meeting you!

Because of the coronavirus, healthcare is our main focus now in Amsterdam UMC. This means that it will probably take longer before we give you feedback on your application, or schedule job interviews. Thank you for your understanding!

Uren per week: 36 hours per week