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Scientific Programmer: Detecting knee implant loosening using 3D imaging

Apply before: 16 December 2020
Working time: Day
Working hours: 36 hours per week
Discipline: AMC Medical Research (AMR)

What you are going to do

Many patients with persistent knee pain receive a knee prosthesis these days. Twenty five percent of the patients suffer from persisting knee pain, which may be caused by implant loosening. Detecting implant loosening, however, is difficult. Many patients therefore undergo unnecessary surgery since the implant appears fixed. Based on previous research, you will develop dedicated software to detect implant loosening using CT scans in a non-invasive way. In this project you will set up program specifications based on the demands of a user group consisting of clinicians and engineers. Subsequently, 3D analysis software for implant loosening detection will be written in C++ and makes use of Qt (user interface), the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), Insight Toolkit (ITK) and available custom tools. As part of the project you will validate the accuracy and precision of the software in its ability to detect implant loosening on available CT scans. The end product will be a validated prototype software application for detecting implant loosening.

What we expect from you

You have a background in informatics, physics or biomedical engineering at the M.Sc. level and a keen interest in developing advanced techniques in medical research. Experience with C++ programming, VTK, ITK, Qt development in the field of 3D image analysis, is a preference. You have the skills to communicate with both clinicians and engineers and you can make the link between the image analysis methods and biomechanical/medical practice. You have good organizational skills and an excellent ability to express yourself in Dutch and/or English.

Where you are going to work

The Biomedical Engineering & Physics department (BMEP) is a multidisciplinary research environment in which physicists, engineers, biologists, and clinicians work together to bridge the gap between engineering and physics at one side and life sciences and clinical medicine at the other. The goal of our research is to provide increased understanding of pathological processes and to contribute to the development and improvement of diagnostic and therapeutic tools. The research themes of the BMEP department include oncology, cardiovascular diseases, movement disorders, and forensic biophysics.

What we offer you

We offer you ample opportunity for development, deepening and broadening, additional training and a place to grow! Working at AMR means working in an inspiring and professional environment where development is encouraged in every respect.

• The maximum gross monthly salary based on a 36-hour work week is between € 2.911,- and € 4.615,- (scale 10 CAO UMC) 
• The base salary does not include holiday pay (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%). 
• We offer a contract for 18 months.
• In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, AMC also has a sufficient number of parking spaces for employees.
• Pension is accrued at Be Frank.

For an overview of all our other terms of employment, see https://werkenbijamc.nl/arbeidsvoorwaarden-amr/

Let’s meet

If you would like to apply directly, please use the ‘apply’ button on this page.
If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Dr. J.G.G. Dobbe (Researcher), via +31 20 – 56 65212 or j.g.dobbe@amsterdamumc.nl or Dr. ir. G.J. Streekstra (Head researcher), via g.j.streekstra@amc.uva.nl. 

We look forward to meeting you!