PhD Position Quantitative MRI

PhD Position Quantitative MRI

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Drive, curiosity and passion for research

Job description

The Magnetic Resonance Systems lab (Mars lab) at TU Delft works relentlessly on the advancement of quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging. We are presently recruiting a PhD student to pursue their four year doctorate in our lab funded by a prestigious ERC Starting Grant (VascularID). The successful candidate will join a young and dynamic group in a prolific, creative and fun environment.

The starting date for this position is August 1st, 2024 or sooner. The PhD student will be leading their own research projects integrated into an innovative research line that aims to uncover new MRI signal phenomena in the microvasculature and develop novel acquisition schemes to use those as biomarkers with quantitative MRI. This project will comprise a strong biophysical modeling and MRI sequence development part, as well as experiments in inanimate phantom objects and applications in vivo. The successful candidate will also be involved in other ongoing research projects at the lab including
reconstruction projects. At advanced stages, the Ph.D. student will have the opportunity to take mentoring responsibility for students at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Please get in touch to find out more details about the content of the project.

The primary infrastructure for MRI research at the Mars lab is a new Philips Ingenia 3T scanner, located in a local clinical research center with substantial scan time dedicated to our lab for research purposes. Select studies will also be performed on Siemens Prisma 3T scanners of national collaboration partners.

The position is in the Department of Imaging Physics ( of the Faculty of Applied Sciences. This department performs cuttingedge research spanning the range from understanding the basic principles underlying imaging technology to
automated image analysis.

Delft is a vibrant university town located in the province of South Holland. It is a popular tourist destination for its picturesque canals and old town. Delft is located within commuting distance of Rotterdam and The Hague, two major cultural hubs in Europe. The Dutch research landscape is very welcoming to international researchers, including measures of significant tax cuts for newly relocating research personnel.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


At Mars lab we value drive, curiosity and passion for research more than any previous experience in the field. The following criteria will be used to evaluate potential candidates:

  • Masters or equivalent in physics, math, computer science or a related field.
  • Highly competitive academic record and outstanding performance at Bachelor’s and Master’s level.
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English.
  • Previous programming experience is highly advantageous.
  • Some prior knowledge about MRI or medical image processing is desirable but not strictly required.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1.5 years.

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!



Faculty Applied Sciences

With more than 1,000 employees, including 135 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,400 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we train students in broad Bachelor's and specialist Master's programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers and science communicators.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD05252


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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