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The rupture of diseased segments (atherosclerotic plaques) in arteries is a major cause of fatal and disabling cardiovascular events. Plaque rupture is a mechanical event where the collagenous plaque tissue loses its structural integrity due to blood pressure loading. The architecture of the fibrillar collagen network in a plaque is hypothesized to be the key determinant of the rupture risk of the plaque. Hence, quantitative measurements of the plaque tissue's collagen network may provide invaluable information not only to understand the fatal plaque rupture event but also to develop life-saving predictive models for plaque rupture risk.
Polarization-sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography (ps-OCT) enables quantitative imaging of the microstructural organization of biological tissues in high spatial and temporal resolution. To be the front-runner in the field of mechano-structural characterization of atherosclerotic plaques, you will be focusing on customizing a bench-top ps-OCT system, coupling it to a mechanical tissue testing device and characterizing the optomechanical properties of the collagenous network in atherosclerotic plaques. The proposed research will be performed in close collaboration with the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (USA) and involve visit(s) to this center.
Erasmus MC (University Medical Center Rotterdam)
- You must hold or soon obtain a PhD degree.
- You have a background in tissue optics, optical imaging, polarimetry, and related fields.
Conditions of employment
- You will receive a contract for 1 year.
- The gross monthly salary amouts to a maximum of € 5.088,- (scale 10) based on working experience and a fulltime workweek of 36 hours.
- Excellent fringe benefits, such as a 13th month that is already paid out in November and a individual travel expense package.
- Pension insurance with ABP. We take care of approximately 2/3 of the monthly contribution.
- Special benefits, such as a incompany physiotherapist and bicycle repairer. And there is also a gym where you can work on your fitness after work.
Cardiovascular Biomechanics Research Group at Erasmus MC consists of engineers, biologists, and clinicians, strongly driven by the scientific motivation of performing innovative, cutting-edge cardiovascular research. The Group combines fundamental, translational, experimental, computational, and clinical studies in the cardiovascular field, and closely collaborates with the Cardiovascular Imaging Group at the Biomedical Engineering Department, the clinical departments of Erasmus MC, and the Biomechanical Engineering Department of Delft University of Technology.