PhD Position Quantitative MRI

Research / Academic

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.


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.

Salary Benefits:

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.

Work Hours:

36 - 40 hours per week


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