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    Dear colleagues,

    I would like to bring the following job opening at Leiden University Medical
    Center (Leiden, The Netherlands) to your attention: Postdoc Statistical
    Shape Modelling. The deadline for applications is September 20 2010.

    For a description, see below or follow the link:

    Kind regards,

    Edward Valstar


    Department : Orthopaedics
    Vacancy number : A.10.HM.33
    Appointment : 36 hours per week
    Starting date : as soon as possible
    Educational requirements : PhD
    Closing date for applications : 20 September 2010

    The project
    Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disabling disease, affecting the joints of 40% or
    more of the population over 60. Fully degenerated joints can be replaced
    with a prosthesis: well over 1,000,000 joint replacements are performed
    annually in the EU. To optimize the function and longevity of joint
    prostheses, a pre-operative planning system is being developed that is able
    to generate virtual 3D anatomical models from patient’s 2D X ray images.
    This technology will enhance the image data available from standard X-rays
    of e.g. a hip joint by generating virtual anatomical models of the complete
    musculoskeletal system (bones, ligaments, tendon and muscles) of the upper
    or lower limb, currently only possible through a combination of CT and MRI
    images. These virtual anatomical models of the bones and the relevant soft
    tissue structures will provide the necessary geometric data to generate
    biomechanical models for surgical planning tools.

    The position
    As a postdoc you will focus your research on application of statistical 3D
    shape and intensity models of bone and soft tissues to rapidly construct
    three dimensional anatomical models from two dimensional X-ray images. Also,
    novel techniques will be investigated for analysis of Diffusion Tensor MR
    imaging of skeletal muscles in the shoulder.

    The department
    You will work at the Biomechanics and Imaging Group (BIG), Department of
    Orthopaedics, in tight collaboration with the Division of Image Processing
    (LKEB). BIG consists of two staff members and ten PhD students. There is
    close collaboration with the orthopaedic surgeons in the department. The
    LKEB consists of approximately 40 researchers who focus their research on
    biomedical image analysis.

    Your profile
    We are looking for creative and enthusiastic scientists with a PhD degree in
    Biomedical Sciences, Informatics, Engineering or Physics. You have
    experience with medical image processing applied to orthopaedic research,
    and preferably with Statistical Shape Modelling and / or diffusion tensor MR
    imaging. Experience with object-oriented programming in C++ is preferred.
    Furthermore you are familiar with working in multi-disciplinary research
    teams. You also have a strong publication track record and good
    communication skills.

    We offer
    You will be employed on the basis of a 36-hour week. Appointment is for two
    years. Your salary will depend on your qualifications and experience, with a
    maximum of € 3,860 gross per month based on a full time position (scale 10
    of the Collective Labour Agreement for University Hospitals).

    The terms of employment offered by the LUMC are highly favourable. For
    example, you will receive an 8% holiday remuneration, a year-end bonus, a
    pension arrangement with the National Civil Pension Fund, and, if
    applicable, a bonus for unsocial hours. Also, as employee of one of the
    University Hospitals in the Netherlands, you may join our collective health
    insurance policy.

    Moreover, the LUMC offers excellent facilities in the area of education,
    child-care centres, and career advice. In addition, you may enjoy various
    leave arrangements and other extras. You can read more about these
    facilities elsewhere on this site.

    More information
    If you have any questions, or if you want more information about this
    position, please contact Dr E.R. Valstar, associate professor, Department of
    Orthopaedics, telephone +31 (0)71 526 29 75.

    If you are interested in this job and your satisfy the requirements in the
    job profile, we encourage you to apply. You can do so by letter, by e-mail
    or by using the application form. You may rest assured that your details
    will be treated with strict confidentiality. After selecting a number of
    letters and CVs, one or two interviews will be conducted. An internal
    application procedure is being held for this job. If an internal and
    external candidate have matching abilities, our preference goes to an
    internal candidate.

    If we are planning to employ you, we will ask you for a Certificate of Good
    Conduct (VOG). You can obtain this certificate from the Population/Public
    Affairs Department in the municipality in which you are registered. The
    costs will be reimbursed. More information on the procedure can be found

    Applying by e-mail
    Send an e-mail, stating your reasons for applying and including your CV, to Clearly state the job number of the job you are applying
    for. You can include annexes with your e-mail (for example, your CV),
    provided they are in MS Word format.

    Applying by letter
    Send your letter of application, stating your reasons for applying and
    including your CV, to:

    Attn. Mr H. Mauer
    P&O section Bureau bedrijfsvoering Division 1(K6-Q)
    PO Box 9600
    2300 RC Leiden
    The Netherlands

    Please state the vacancy number on both the letter and the envelope.