PhD position in Development of a Morphological Platform for Orthopedic Applications – University of Twente, Nov 2022

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The University of Twente invites applications for a Ph.D. position at the Department of Biomechanical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET), the Netherlands – Nov 2022

Qualification Details

  • You hold a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Medical Informatics, Vision Robotics, Computer science, Software Engineering or equivalent.
  • You have knowledge and skills in image processing, shape analysis, and web applications.
  • You have experience in software architecture, programming and medical applications.
  • You have high-level analytical, organizational and managerial skills.
  • You are motivated to establish a sustainable open-access character of the database by generating awareness using your good interpersonal skills.
  • You are fluent in English, both spoken and written. (We require a TOEFL > 90 or IELTS > 6.5 score). The latter is not necessary for native speakers of English or whose MSc program was in English.
  • You are able to start the position no later than 1 Feb 2023.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Department of Biomechanical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) at the human-tech oriented University of Twente is seeking a hardworking PhD candidate to join us for a full-time, fully funded, 4-year project on the development of an open-access medical image and automated processing platform to extract morphologic data for orthopedic applications. You will be supervised by the energetic and high-reaching Biomedical Device Design & Production team. THE CHALLENGE Knowledge about the individual morphology plays a key-role in the new generation of personalized product design and treatments. Morphology can be used to answer research questions, such as gender, age and ethnic differences within the population or to search for a digital twin that aids anatomic reconstruction, and direct design applications of implants, prostheses and orthoses. Despite the need, such data are rarely available. The reasons are manifold: the access to large numbers of medical image data is limited, implementation of image processing strategies is challenging, data are collected only for isolated questions or applications, and legal uncertainties play a role with respect to privacy and conflicting economic interests. OBJECTIVE The PhD’s objective is to develop the contours and pilot work of an open-access platform for the upload, storage and (semi)automated processing of medical image data to provide a large number of morphological data to various research communities. Thereto, an overview is made of running initiatives; and pros and cons are evaluated. Optionally, we will team up with them. The PhD develops segmentation methods applicable to different structures assisted by input from trained healthcare professionals. We demonstrate the benefit and potential of such a database by selected use cases in the orthopaedic domain, e.g. joint replacement. Our ambition is to evolve the candidate's work into an open-access and sustainable database, which can be operated and used in the long term to provide and enable for future research. Non-male applicants are explicitly asked to apply for this position. This is part of the University of Twente's strategy to increase the proportion of women among its faculty and to create a working environment that is diverse and inclusive and supportive of excellence in research and teaching.

How to Apply?

Application Method: online_applicationRef. No. -

Application Procedure

Please submit your application until 4 November 2022 by using the “Apply now” button and include the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation (cover) letter with contact information of 2 references
  • Grades of the BSc and MSc courses
  • IELTS or TOEFL score (if applicable)
A game-based assessment will be also part of the selection procedure. The first (online) jobinterviews will take place the 15th of November.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.


  • We offer a very stimulating position in a dynamic and international environment with enthusiastic colleagues, excellent working conditions and a green and lively campus.
  • A full-time 4-year PhD position.
  • Excellent mentorship and a stimulating international research environment with excellent facilities.
  • A professional and personal development program within Graduate School Twente.
  • A starting salary of € 2.541,- gross per month in the first year and a salary of € 3.247,- in the fourth year gross per month.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Minimum of 29 holidays per year in case of fulltime employment.

Contact Details

You are welcome to contact Dr.-Ing. Malte Asseln ([email protected]) or Gabrielle Tuijthof ([email protected]) for any questions you might have.