PhD student for volumetric measurement

PhD student for volumetric measurement

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30 Mar 28 May Amsterdam

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We are looking for a motivated PhD student who is willing to contribute to the further development of AI applications in the medical sector.

Job description

The introduction of AI applications for tumor segmentation is of great importance for improving the treatment of diseases such as pleural mesothelioma. This disease is characterized by crescent-shaped tumors that make it difficult to measure tumor growth using traditional diameter methods. Manual segmentation of these tumors is very time-consuming and requires the expertise of medical specialists. By using AI in combination with a medical expert, we can significantly reduce the time and cost of segmentation while still achieving accurate and reliable results. This will contribute to improving the treatment of mesothelioma and validating new drugs.

In this position, you will be responsible for improving methods for volumetric measurements in CT scans for pleural mesothelioma. You will work with a team of six external centers to share data and carry out projects. Your research will range from quantifying the uncertainty of AI model segmentations to the actual clinical implementation of the algorithm. In addition, you will be responsible for internationally validating new response evaluation criteria that we will establish based on the AI-predicted tumor volumes in the CT scans.


The Netherlands Cancer Institute


  • You have a Master's degree in Technical Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine, or a related discipline and have an affinity for medical imaging and AI.
  •  You are fluent in Dutch or English, both orally and in writing. Fluent in both is a plus.
  •  You enjoy working in a team and are able to communicate effectively with external centers and international partners.
  •  You are ambitious.
  •  Experience in machine learning, preferably in image processing or medical imaging, is a plus.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

This is a temporary employment contract for a period of 4 years. Depending on experience, the salary ranges from a minimum of € 3,043 to a maximum of € 3,695 gross per month, in accordance with the standard OIO scales for a full-time employment of 36 hours per week. In addition, you will receive 8.33% holiday allowance, 8.33% year-end bonus.

Your travel expenses will be reimbursed at € 0,19 per km. Free parking at the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek is also part of the package. Personnel is stimulated to use public transport and bicycle and therefore we offer an interesting arrangement for bikers and/or discount on the NS-business card. 

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The NKI values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive work environment that stimulates the best in each individual. Applications of all individuals are welcomed regardless of age, ancestry, religion, disability, distance from the labor market, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Development opportunities
As a PhD student in our hospital, you will work in an internationally oriented team focused on improving AI applications in the medical sector. You will have the opportunity to further develop your research skills and work on cutting-edge projects with direct impact on healthcare. We offer excellent supervision in both the clinical and technical domains. Our experienced and dedicated team of specialists is ready to guide you in your research and help you develop the necessary skills to be successful in your role. Moreover, you will have regular contact with our external partners to leverage their expertise and contribute to the progress of the project. In short, you will have the opportunity to work in a stimulating environment with expert supervision to help you achieve your goals. Additionally, we offer an attractive salary and excellent employment benefits.


The Netherlands Cancer Institute is among the world’s best comprehensive cancer centers, combining innovative fundamental, translational, and clinical research with dedicated patient care. Our research institute gratefully acknowledges funding from the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Dutch Cancer Society, and individual donors.


  • PhD; Research, development, innovation
  • Health; Engineering
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • €3043—€3695 per month
  • University graduate
  • PA NK 20230320


The Netherlands Cancer Institute

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