PhD - Diffusion MRI standardization

Job Type: 
Full Time
Closing Date: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018

PhD student - Early Stage Researcher (ESR) (f/m) in the field of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging

Who are we?

icometrix is a fast-growing innovative company offering cloud software for medical image analysis to neurologists, radiologists and scientists all over the world. Our mission is to become the standard in biomedical imaging biomarkers, especially in the brain. And we are well on our way to achieve this!

We are looking for motivated PhD students to work on an EU-funded project entitled B-Q MINDED ( This project is aiming to develop breakthroughs in quantitative MR imaging such as MR relaxometry and diffusion MRI. The selected ESR will have the opportunity to conduct top-notch research in leading academic institutions, hospitals and industry R&D divisions.

Your research - tasks

Your research (ESR “10”) will focus on the standardization of brain MRI diffusion parameter maps for multi-center studies. Diffusion imaging provides insights in the underlying tissue structure of the brain and can therefore reveal novel imaging biomarkers to evaluate neurodegenerative diseases.

The development of such biomarkers is however hampered by the variability in the acquired as well as the derived diffusion data. The variability can partly be attributed to differences in scanners and acquisition protocols. ESR10 will develop a model to extract diffusion MRI parameters taking into account this variability, in order to obtain parameter maps that reflect physical properties. The model will be integrated in the SaaS model of icometrix allowing its widespread use.

Your profile

  • You have a master’s degree in physics, computer science, mathematics, engineering, or related field (if you have not obtained your diploma yet, but expect to do so in the near future, please apply already).
  • Background in scientific computing and/or magnetic resonance imaging MRI is appreciated. In view of the international context, fluency in English is mandatory.
  • International mobility of researchers is a key concept within the MSCA ETN framework. As such you participate in international meetings, workshops and a secondment programme.
  • You want to tell the world about your novel findings with attractive posters, sparkling presentations and high quality papers.

Eligibility criteria of the Marie-Sklodowska Curie programme

Early Stage Researcher: At the time of recruitment, you are in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree.

Mobility rule: At the time of recruitment, you have not resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Our offer

  • Exciting multidisciplinary research in a collaborative network of top academic and industrial partners.
  • State-of-the-art computing and imaging infrastructure to support your research.
  • You will be enrolled in our PhD training programme.
  • Special focus on career development by offering training in transferable skills such as project management, communication skills, grant writing, exploitation of results, etc.
  • The fellowship is awarded for a period of 3 years.
  • You will benefit of a regular employment contract.
  • A gross monthly living allowance of 3110€, a mobility allowance of 600€ and a family allowance (if applicable) of 500€.


Please apply through the website and in addition send your CV and motivation letter to