1. Postdoctoral researcher on OCT imaging of atherosclerosis

    Postdoctoral researcher on OCT imaging of atherosclerosis
    26 Feb 24 Mar Rotterdam


    Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory and lipid-driven disease of the artery walls. In the coronary circulation, it is the main cause of ischemic heart disease and kills approximately 10 million people per year through myocardial infarctions and subsequent heart failure. Treatment of coronary artery disease by stent implantation can be guided by intravascular imaging with catheter-based optical coherence tomography (IV-OCT).

    In this project we will realize an OCT system that can perform spectroscopic imaging for identification of atherosclerotic lesion composition. Lipid-rich plaques are associated with worse long-term outcomes for patients. Knowledge of their presence and molecular make-up may inform device- or drug-based treatment strategy. The objective is to design, build and validate an IV-OCT system, using a new wavelength-swept light source, that is ready for clinical evaluation in a single-centre study. The acquired data will be analyzed and validated for detection and identification of lipids in the coronary artery walls.


    You have a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Optics, Electronics, or related. You have experience with building OCT hardware, lasers, fiber optics, electronics. You are an excellent experimentalist and a good programmer, fluent in at least Matlab or Python and proficient with advanced data and signal processing techniques.


    The gross monthly salary amounts to a maximum of € 4.481,- (scale 10), depending on your level of education and relevant experience and based on a full-time working week of 36 hours. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Medical Centers (CAO UMC).


    Erasmus MC

    Thoraxcenter Biomedical Engineering is a group of 65 researchers performing highly innovative research in cardiovascular diagnosis and therapy. We focus on translational research in imaging with ultrasound and light, ultrasound contrast agents for molecular imaging and drug delivery, and vascular biomechanics. This project is embedded in the Invasive Imaging lab, part of the BME group.


    For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Gijs van Soest, phone number: +31 (0)10 704 46 38 or Sharon Sewell, secretary, phone number: +31 (0)10 704 40 30. For queries regarding your application, please contact Jerry Chandansingh, Recruiter, by phone number: +31 (0)6 500 310 06.

    If you are excited by the thought of this position and would like to apply, please do so by using the application form on our website.

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