PhD-candidate position | MODEM: Mechanism of Dementia – Imaging Small Vessels with Big Consequences | School for Mental Health and Neuroscience

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 25 May 2023

12 May 2023
Job Information

Maastricht University (UM)
Research Field

Medical sciences
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

25 May 2023 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Dementia is a highly feared devastating disease that affects an increasingly number of people and their loved ones. Unfortunately, no cure is currently available and too little is known about its mechanistic origin. For the far majority of patients the smallest brain vessels are involved in the development of the disease. With the candidate’s work, we aim to focus on the current understanding of the role of small brain vessels in the physiological and disease processes that precede dementia and cognitive decline. As the smallest human brain vessels cannot be visualized itself, novel MRI techniques will be developed and improved to measure physiological properties of small brain vessels and cells in the smallest entity where they interact: the so-called neurovascular unit.
We invite applications for 1 PhD position in clinical neuroimaging at the departments of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine and Neurology of the Maastricht University Medical Centre. The position is embedded in the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNS) of the Maastricht University. As a PhD-student you will be participating in the European CRUCIAL study, with a technical focus on all aspects pertaining to MR image acquisition, computational modeling, and data analysis. You will be working in a stimulating interdisciplinary biomedical team, including MRI scientists, physicists, neuroradiologists, neurologists, and other clinicians.

Specific Requirements

The PhD candidate has skills with and talent for technology, team work, and data analyses. Preferably, you have affinity with scientific research, working in a multidisciplinary setting, like complex problems, and have good skills in English writing. For the communication with patients and hospital employees, an adequate level of the Dutch language is highly preferred. A M.Sc. degree is required in biomedical engineering, technical medicine, physics, electrical engineering, or other related fields of study. Experience with MRI, image data analysis, and MATLAB/Python programming is a strong advantage.

Additional Information

Temporary employment for 4 years. The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position will be extended for another 3 years, which happens in the vast majority of cases.

Your salary will be € 2,541 gross per month in the first year up to € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth year according to the PhD-candidate salary scale. An 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance is also provided.

In addition to good primary employment conditions, UM also offers an attractive package of secondary employment conditions.

Each year an evaluation will take place.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website  > About UM > Working at UM .

Selection process

Interested candidates should send:

  • A letter of motivation
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • Contact info of at least two references

Send your application, stating the vacancy number AT2023.178, by email to:

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Additional comments

Additional information about this vacancy can be obtained from:

prof. Walter Backes, E: ) or
dr. Jaap Jansen, E: , P: +31(0)433874908)

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Maastricht University
Postal Code
6229 ER
Universiteitssingel 40

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Minderbroedersberg 4
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