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PhD position in Deep Learning for Medical Image Analysis


Job description

One PhD position at University of Twente (UT). The successful applicant will join the Applied Analysis group of the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.


About the project

Medical imaging modalities such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound are at the heart of clinical diagnostics. In recent years, artificial intelligence techniques, and especially deep learning, have already pushed the state-of-the-art in many tasks including 3D medical image segmentation. Automatically obtained segmentations can be further used as input for disease classification, quantification, or for the extraction of functional information. Such downstream applications require efficient methods that operate on 3D shapes. In this position, you will develop machine learning techniques to bridge the gap between 3D model extraction from medical images and downstream applications. This requires the development of new geometric deep learning approaches that operate on 3D shape representations such as triangular meshes. You will work at the intersection of mathematics, computer science, artificial intelligence, and physics. The methods developed in this project will be used to tackle real-world clinical problems.

Your profile

We look for a highly motivated, enthusiastic researcher who is driven by curiosity and has:

  • or will shortly acquire, a M.Sc. degree in (applied) mathematics, computer science, biomedical engineering, (applied) physics, artificial intelligence or a related field.
  • affinity with the clinical application of artificial intelligence techniques.
  • a creative and interdisciplinary approach to pushing boundaries.
  • programming experience (e.g. C++, Matlab, Python, TensorFlow, PyTorch).
  • experience with deep learning/convolutional neural networks.
  • proficiency in English.


Are you interested to be part of our team? Please send your application before August 23th 2020 via the "apply now" button and include:

  • an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position
  • a detailed CV (resume) and a publication list
  • an academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education
  • a TOEFL or IELTS score is generally requested to verify proficient mastering of the English language.

An online assessment will be part of the application procedure.

For more information you are welcome to contact Dr. Jelmer Wolterink (

Our offer

We offer an exciting temporary research position in a dynamic and international environment, combining the benefits of academic research with a topic of high industrial relevance. The UT offers excellent working conditions, an exciting scientific environment, and a green and lively campus with lots of sports facilities and an international scientific community.

  • You will be appointed on a fulltime PhD position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year.
  • You will have a full status as an employee at the UT, including pension, health care benefits and good secondary conditions are part of our collective labour agreement CAO-NU for Dutch universities
  • The salary will range from EUR 2.395,- (1st year) to EUR 3.061,- (4th year) per month, plus holiday allowance (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%).
  • We also offer facilities for professional and personal development.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

PhD position in Deep Learning for Medical Image Analysis
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