PhD position: In vivo arterial flow imaging with ultrasound and microbubbles.

Research / Academic

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Europe, with an increasing prevalence worldwide. Current monitoring and subsequent treatment options take into account only very simple geometrical generalized parameters, while patients could benefit substantially from the inclusion of personalized local blood flow patterns into therapy guidance. In this project, novel ultrasound-based flow imaging techniques will be developed specifically for carotid and abdominal applications. This project will make use of the newest ultrafast ultrasound plane wave technology plane wave combined with the new CMUT transducer technology to image flow in the carotid. Flow imaging in the deeper aorta will be enabled by ultrasound contrast agents.

The primary objective of this project is to demonstrate the proof-of-principle in patients of new vector flow imaging techniques. Two clinical evaluation pilot studies will be performed where flow patterns will be measured pre- and post- treatment, in patients with stenotic lesions and in patients with abdominal aneurysms. These studies address the clinically relevant question: can quantification of flow patterns around stenotic lesions and abdominal aneurysms contribute to improved diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients? The collected data will be used to evaluate whether the novel VFI techniques of this project will shape into a decisive tool for improved vascular diagnostics

Keywords: ultrasound/flow imaging/(monodisperse) microbubble/plane wave ultrasound/ultrafast imaging


We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a MSc degree in Technical medicine. You should be an enthusiastic person with well-developed communication skills. You should be capable of working independently as well as in a multidisciplinary team. Innovative and creative thinking are other requirements.

Information and application

If this offer interests you, please contact Prof. Michel Versluis ( for more information. Your application must consist of a short motivation letter, a curriculum vitae and Copies of relevant diplomas and grade lists. Candidates should upload their application before 1 august 2019 using the application button below.

Salary Benefits:

As a PhD candidate you will be offered a full-time (38 hours/week) position for four years, after which you should have completed your PhD thesis. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, the gross monthly salary for a PhD increases from € 2.325,-- in the first year to € 2.972,-- in the final year plus a holiday allowance (8%), an end-year bonus (8.3% of the annual salary) and a number of additional benefits. The University of Twente provides excellent campus facilities, and actively supports professional and personal development.

Work Hours:

40 hours per week


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