Researcher in Photoacoustic Imaging of Carotid Plaque

University of Twente Faculty of Science and Technology

Netherlands

Job description

We invite you to apply if you are a technical physician, biomedical engineer or applied physicist interested in ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging of the carotid artery. You will be a member of the Biomedical Photonic Imaging group of the University of Twente. You will work in the Pioneers in Health Care (PIHC) project ‘Risk assessment in ischemic stroke by photoacoustic quantification of carotid plaque (in)stability’. See this news item for more background information regarding the project.

Worldwide vascular diseases cause 17.8 million deaths annually, partly from ischemic stroke (23%) caused by unstable thrombogenic atherosclerotic vascular wall lesions in the carotid artery. The choice for intervention is determined by the degree of the narrowing of the carotid artery. The degree of carotid plaque instability is barely included in the decision-making process. Better patient selection, including taking plaque instability in decision-making, will contribute to meaningful care. This project will focus on (i) optimize a combined ultrasound (US) and multispectral photoacoustic imaging (mPAI) probe for carotid artery imaging and (ii) plaque (in)stability assessment using mPAI plaque quantification.

Your role will be to (i) develop a photoacoustic imaging probe with a custom-developed ultrasound transducer and fiber-based light delivery optimized for carotid artery imaging and (ii) perform multispectral photoacoustic imaging on carotid plaque samples obtained from MST hospital.

Your profile

You have at least an MSc degree in Technical Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, or Applied Physics. Applications by recently graduated PhDs will also be considered. Experience in ultrasound research and MATLAB programming is preferred for this position.

Our offer

You will be offered a full-time (38 hours/week) position for a minimum of 9 months and a maximum of one year, depending on your education and relevant work experience. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, the gross monthly salary will be € 2.329,-- with a maximum of € 3.144 depending on your education and relevant work experience, plus a holiday allowance (8%), an end-year bonus (8,3% of the annual salary) and a number of additional benefits.

Information and application

For more information please contact Dr. Francis Kalloor Joseph (f.kalloorjoseph@utwente.nl) or Prof.dr. Wiendelt Steenbergen (w.steenbergen@utwente.nl)

Your application must be uploaded via the link below. Do not apply by e-mail. Applications need to include a one-page motivation letter and a CV.

About the organization

TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the TNW Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.


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