PhD Student Quantitative MRI for MRI-guided radiotherapy

Function description

At our department, an integrated linear accelerator (MR-linac) is used to visualize the changing anatomy and improve the accuracy of the treatment. Quantitative imaging biomarkers have the potential to personalize the treatment even further by adapting the treatment to biological response of the tumor. We are participating in an international consortium of academic centers and industry to develop quantitative MRI biomarkers for the purpose of biologically image-guided adaptive radiotherapy (BIGART).The purpose of your project is to determine the value of quantitative MRI for BIGART. This will involve both technical validation as well as the first steps of clinical validation, to determine if significant changes in quantitative MRI occur during (chemo)radiation and if such changes are associated with response. Your research will be embedded in the Van der Heide group at the radiation oncology department of the Netherlands Cancer Institute. You will collaborate with other researchers in the group as well as with radiation technicians and radiation oncologist. You will actively participate in the imaging biomarker working group of the MR-linac consortium.

Job requirements

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic PhD student with a strong affinity for radiotherapy and MRI imaging. The candidate should have a master’s degree in physics, biomedical engineering or a related field. A background in MRI physics as part of the master program is recommended. Strong communication skills are required in this multidisciplinary project. Experience with programming, preferably in python, is appreciated.


Your temporary employment will be for a period of 4 years. The gross salary per month for our PhD will range from € 2.972,- to a maximum of € 3.620,- according to the standard PhD scales. The terms of employment will be in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Hospitals. In addition you will receive a fixed end-of-year bonus (8,33%) and you will receive 8,33% holiday pay. 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. For more information in regards to the secondary conditions please visit our website:


Would you like to know more about this vacancy or our organisation? Please contact: Dr. ir. Petra van Houdt tel. +32 (0)20-5121729 and email or prof. dr. Uulke van der Heide tel. + 31 (0)20-5122350 and email 

How to apply?

Please send your application in via our website, applications sent directly to e-mail will not be processed. Applications should include your resume, a motivational letter, and the contact information of at least two references. The deadline for applications is Jan 6, 2023. Interviews will be scheduled in the second half of January, 2023.

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.

Acquisition in regards to this vacancy is not appreciated.