Open Ph.D. Position

At MARS Lab we are looking for outstanding individuals to embark on their research career with pursuing their Ph.D. about Magnetic Resonance Imaging research. The successful candidate will join a young and dynamic group in a prolific, creative and fun environment. The four year position is funded by a NWO STARTUP Grant. The earliest start date is January 1st, 2020. The Ph.D. student will establish his own line of research under close guidance of the senior lab members. The Ph.D. project will comprise developing new quantitative signal models and development of MRI pulse sequences to enable quantification of tissue properties that were previously inaccessible. The techniques will be applied to tissue characterization of the heart and translation will be pursued within our national and international collaboration network.  Furthermore, the successful candidate will be involved in other ongoing research projects at the lab and will have the opportunity to take mentoring responsibility for students at the bachelor’s and master’s level in advanced stages of their Ph.D. The primary infrastructure for MRI research at the Mars lab is a state of the art Philips 3T MRI in a local clinical research center with substantial scan time dedicated to our lab for research purposes. Select studies will also be performed with scanners of national collaboration partners. Please get in touch to find out about the specific projects of interest.

Ph.D. projects are planned for four years, and will be compensated with a monthly salary of 2325€ - 2975€ in accordance with the national labor agreement. Details on the terms of employment and employment benefits can be found here.


Drive, Curiosity and Passion for Research

is what we value the most for prospective lab members

Outstanding Academic Achievements

that demonstrate the potential to perform transformative research


in physics, math, computer science or related discipline are required. Prior programming experience is important to successfully carry out the project. Prior experience with medical imaging is a plus but not strictly required.

English Skills

in writing and speaking are required for research in general. Communication in our lab will be in English. Generally speaking, Dutch skills are not strictly necessary to live or research in the Netherlands.


Please reach out for any further information on this position or our lab. If you are interested in this position, please e-mail your application to Annelies van Beek,, referring to vacancy number TNWIP19-054.

Please include the following application documents:

  • Certified transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. record

  • A letter detailing your research interest (generic letters will be disregarded)

  • A detailed CV outlining competitive academic performance

  • Name and contact of at least one reference

Applications will be sent to

About doing a Ph.D. and starting a research career...

Ph.D. research is not like a regular job where you go to work and get compensated with a salary. It is more appropriate to see a Ph.D. position as an opportunity to work on research topics of one's own interest. The difference is crucial, Ph.D. students need to be intrinsically motivated and excited about their research in order to pursue their Ph.D. with the necessary drive.

Our colleague Hyun Youk at the Bionanoscience department has summarized some valuable thoughts on doing a Ph.D.. Please give these some consideration here.



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