PhD positions (3) in Positron Emission Tomography Quantification

Updated: 29 days ago
Deadline: 30 Sep 2021

Department Nucleaire Geneeskunde & Moleculaire Beeldvorming
Work location Groningen
Apply no later than 30 September 2021
Working environment

The Department of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging recently installed a Siemens Quadra 1m long Positron Emission Tomograph (PET) scanner accompanied with a state-of-the-art computed X-ray tomographic (CT) system. As one of the first centres (worldwide) with such a scanner, a new research line will be to explore novel opportunities that such a system offers.

As part of the recently launched Molecular Imaging Physics program led by Dr. Charalampos Tsoumpas, we are happy to announce three PhD positions, which will focus on the development of novel quantitative methods for analysing dynamic PET data obtained with the PET/CT Quadra scanner. The three PhD projects will focus on:

  • Development of non-invasive, quantitative methods for analysing neuroPET data;

  • Development of fully quantitative methods for analysing immunoPET data;

  • Development of artificial intelligence (AI) methods for attenuation correction.

Research output will be presented at scientific meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals.

Job description

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and the largest employer in the Northern Netherlands. In addition to providing clinical care, it is a constituent member of the University of Groningen with much focus on core research, training and education.

The Department of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging as part of UMCG has well-established international reputation for its state-of-the-art infrastructure and front-end research activities together with its internal and external collaborations. At least as important as a pleasant working environment is a pleasant living environment. Groningen is a thriving university city set in quiet, spacious surroundings.

What do we need

You should be a creative and passionate researcher with a degree in Physics or Medical Physics, Computer Science, Data Science, Applied Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, (Biomedical) Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Computational Biology with a very strong interest in imaging science. Good communication skills and expertise in software development are essential. The research should result in a PhD thesis.

What do we offer

A fulltime (36 hours a week) PhD position for four years. Your salary will be a minimum of € 2.495,- gross per month in the first year and a maximum of € 3.196,- (scale PhD) in the final (4th) year, based on a full-time appointment. In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centres (CAO-UMC).

More information
For more information about this vacancy, please contact:

  • Dr. Ir. Harry Tsoumpas; e-mail address:

  • Prof. Dr. Adriaan Lammertsma, e-mail address:

The following should be submitted: letter of motivation (maximum one A4 page) also stating the earliest possible starting date, brief curriculum vitae, and, if possible, your undergraduate and/or postgraduate theses as well as any (co)authored publications.

Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed. You can apply until 30 September 2021.
Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.

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