Are you a technically minded individual with a strong interest in MRI hardware design for cutting-edge applications in medicine? In this project you will develop and evaluate novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) coils and hardware.

Dit ga je doen

Radiotherapy is increasingly used to treat lesions in the vicinity of the heart, or even in the heart itself. Confusingly, while parts of the heart can be the target site for treatment, it is also sensitive to radiation-induced side-effects. High-fidelity anatomical and functional cardiac MRI is thus need at the time of treatment. A new generation of hybrid MRI + radiotherapy linear accelerator (MR-linac) devices has made online MRI-guidance a clinical reality at UMC Utrecht. However, the additional dynamic complexity of cardiac motion and function is still largely ignored in radiotherapy due to a lack of MRI coils and hardware suitable for cardiac imaging on the MR-linac.

Project and role description

This vacancy is part of the MEGAHERTZ (MRI-Enhanced and Guided Adaptive HEart RadioTherapy) project which is funded by NWO and co-funded by industrial partners through the open technology programme. The aim of MEGAHERTZ is to combine cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging with MRI-guided adaptive radiotherapy to dramatically improve cardiac radiotherapy. To this end, we will develop advanced MRI hardware and CMR sequences for the 1.5 T Unity MR-linac, that are geared towards anatomical and functional cardiac assessment. You will develop and evaluation in collaboration with industrial partners a novel multi channel body coil array and auxiliary RF hardware to facilitate cutting-edge cardiac MRI on the MR-linac. This will facilitate greater sensitivity and accelerated imaging for optimal spatial-temporal tracking of 3D cardiac dynamics.

Hier ga je werken

You will be working at the internationally renowned Center for Image Sciences at the UMC Utrecht, within the Radiotherapy department. In this project, you will collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of electrical engineers, image scientists, computer scientists, (medical) physicists, radiologists, and radiation oncologists. You can look here and here for more information.

Dit neem je mee

  • You have obtained your PhD in Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Medical imaging or a related technical discipline.
  • You have experience in radiofrequency hardware development and preferably some experience in MRI. 
  • Proficiency in English is mandatory.
  • The ability to work comfortably in an interdisciplinary environment including industrial partners is a strong plus.

The position is open immediately and we offer the following:

  • A full-time position (36 hours per week) in a very stimulating and interactive research environment.
  • This will be a temporary appointment for a maximum of 3 years.
  • Your gross monthly salary will be based on your experience and background.

Apply

You can apply for this position by reacting to this vacancy and providing:

  • an up-to-date CV including a list of relevant publications (if any) and the contact information of 2-3 references.
  • a motivation letter (1 page) describing your background and interests as relevant to the vacancy.

For more information please contact: Associate Professor Dr. Martin Fast, Email: [email protected] or Professor Nico van den Berg ([email protected])

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