The Center for Radiology (Zentrum für Radiologie, ZRAD), University Hospital Würzburg is looking for a doctoral researcher


PhD (m/w/d)position in MR-based characterization of bones

65%, 3 years

PhD position in MR-based characterization of bones (m/w/d)
Center for Radiology

Teilzeit , befristet , ab sofort

The main goal of the PhD project is the development of a data-driven MRI reconstruction algorithm that accelerates MRI-based bone imaging with ultra-short echo times. The work is performed within the project "Fast Hyperintense MR Imaging of Cortical and Trabecular Bone", which is funded by the Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research (IZKF), University Hospital Würzburg.

The tasks include MRI simulations and measurements, the development and training of neural convolutional networks as well as the calibration and validation of the MRI-based technique based on dual-energy computed tomography.

Eventually, the potential of the developed imaging technique will be investigated for two promising applications in nuclear medicine:

1) Comprehensive quantification of the volume fractions of different bone components in the lumbar vertebra. This could lay the foundation for patient-specific dosimetry and thus more personalized radionuclide therapy.

2) Characterization of cortical and trabecular bone in patients with osteoporosis / Comparison to the current state-of-the-art (dual X-ray absorptiometry) based on ionizing radiation.


The following knowledge or skills are desired:

  • MSc in the field of physics / medical physics / biomedical engineering, or comparable.
  • High motivation, independent working style, ability to work in an interdisciplinary field / team
  • Programming skills (preferably C++, Python, or MATLAB)
  • Experimental skills
  • Good knowledge of English


You will initially be employed for a three-year period (65%). The salary will be paid in accordance with TV-L and the position is to be filled as soon as possible. Candidates with disabilities are given preference if they are of equal qualification.



We are looking forward to receiving your application including your letter of motivation, CV, certificates, and as a single PDF-file via E-mail to:


Prof. Dr. Tobias Wech (, 0931/201-34971), or

Dr. Johannes Tran-Gia (, 0931/201-35421)

Universitätsklinikum Würzburg

Zentrum für Radiologie (ZRAD)

Oberdürrbacher Str. 6

97080 Würzburg

Die Vergütung erfolgt nach den einschlägigen Tarifverträgen. Schwerbehinderte Bewerber/-innen werden bei ansonsten im Wesentlichen gleicher Eignung bevorzugt eingestellt.

Laufende Nummer: 1/005

Eingestellt am: 12.01.2022

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