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  • Scientific Programmer, Leiden, The Netherlands

    Scientific Programmer m/f

    The position

    As a scientific programmer you will work on maintenance, documentation, testing and further development of our Model-based RSA software. This state of the art 3D stereo roentgen images analysis software has been developed in C++ and uses the VTK and QT libraries for image processing and graphical user interface.

    The project

    Hip and knee prostheses most commonly fail because of aseptic loosening. Loosening starts with micromotion of the prosthesis with respect to the bone, which is progressive. Therefore, micromotion is an excellent predictor for future loosening. For that reason, we developed roentgen stereophotogrammetric analysis (RSA), a highly accurate three-dimensional measurement technique for the assessment of micromotion.
    The Department of Orthopedics plays a leading role in the international RSA community.
    Our RSA software is used in more than 100 clinical and experimental studies – carried out all over the world - in order to assess if new prosthesis designs are prone to loosening. In a number of cases we have advised against marketing of new prostheses, protecting patients from harmful new products.
    As scientific programmer you will provide the interface between software engineering and clinical applications. The core purpose of your work is to maintain and further improve and extend our Model-based RSA analysis software. You are responsible for the software implementation of novel automated image interpretation and segmentation techniques. You develop optimized detection and labelling techniques that improve the efficiency and efficacy of the software. You are also responsible for maintenance, documentation and testing.

    The department

    You will work at RSAcore, a group of recognized RSA specialists that is integrated in the clinical Department of Orthopaedics. The group is headed by Bart Kaptein and Edward Valstar. The project is carried out in close collaboration with the Division of Image Processing of the Department of Radiology (LKEB) (Head: Boudewijn Lelieveldt). This group of more than 25 researchers has a strong track record in the development of clinical software applications and provides the tools and knowledge for software development within the project.
    Your profile

    We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with an MSc degree in one of the following areas or related disciplines: Informatics, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical -Engineering, (Applied) Physics. You have relevant experience with development of image processing software and affinity with (bio)medical research and medical image processing. Excellent programming skills in C++ are essential as are good writing skills. As a goal oriented team player, you are attentive to detail and committed to your tasks. You are a good communicator and fluent in both written and spoken English.

    We offer

    You will be employed on the basis of a 36-hour working week. The assignment will be on a project basis and initially for a period of 12 months followed by the remaining period of 12 months under the condition of a positive judgment over the first year. Your salary will depend on your qualifications and experience, with a maximum of €4,111 gross per month based on a full time position (scale 10, 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.

    More information

    If you have any questions, of if you want more information about this position, please contact Dr. ir. B.L. Kaptein, Senior Researcher, Department of Orthopedics, telephone: +31 (0)71 526 45 42.
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