PhD student: AI for risk stratification in coronary heart disease using cardiac ultrasound

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What you are going to do 

Two-thirds of all cardiac patients suffer from coronary heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Cardiac ultrasound is the most widely used diagnostic test in cardiology, which provides a wealth of information about the heart. It is the first choice imaging tool for the diagnosis, management, and follow-up of patients with coronary heart disease. However, acquiring images with high diagnostic quality and their accurate interpretation require highly specialized expertise. Especially, identification of patients who are at risk of major adverse cardiac events, such as heart infarction or death, and therefore, require intervention is highly challenging. Hence, the aim of this project is to develop AI algorithms for analysis of cardiac ultrasound images and available patient data for better prediction of patients at risk of major adverse cardiac events.

What we expect from you

We are looking for an excellent candidate with an MSc degree in biomedical engineering, artificial intelligence, computer science, image sciences or a comparable training, with a strong interest in medical image processing and analysis. The candidate must have a good scientific background, should be highly motivated and independent, and able to work in an interdisciplinary team of medical doctors and engineers. Programing experience is required.

Where you are going to work

The Amsterdam UMC is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and one of the prominent research institutes. The department of Biomedical Engineering & Physics and the department of Cardiology individually participate in numerous international research projects and studies. This PhD project will be embedded in the Department of Biomedical Engineering & Physics at the subdivision of Medical Imaging. Image analysis researchers at the Department of Biomedical Engineering & Physics have ample experience in the development and validation of AI image analysis methods with a strong track record in cardiovascular imaging research. You will be embedded in the group of PhD students and PostDocs developing AI methods for quantitative analysis of medical images and signals. Moreover, you will very closely collaborate with researchers from the Departments Cardiology who will provide medical expertise required in the development of clinically applicable AI methods.

What we offer you

We offer you ample opportunity for development, deepening and broadening, additional training and a place to grow! Working at AMR means working in an inspiring and professional environment where development is encouraged in every respect.

• The maximum gross monthly salary based on a 36-hour work week is between € 2.495,- and € 3.196,- (scale OIO CAO UMC)
• The base salary does not include holiday pay (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%).
• We offer a contract for 48 months.
• In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, AMC also has a sufficient number of parking spaces for employees.
• Pension is accrued at Be Frank.

For an overview of all our other terms of employment, see

Let’s meet

If you would like to apply directly, please use the ‘apply’ button on this page.
If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Ivana Isgum (Prof AI &Medical Imaging), via

We look forward to meeting you!

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