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.