Careers at UMC Utrecht
Vacancy number: 2018/0001
Apply to: January 21 2018
(modified date)
Education: University
Employment: Temporary position
Full-time/Part-time percentage: 89%

You will work in the research line ‘Patterns in Psychiatry’. In this project, you will further develop machine learning for (neuroimaging-based) prediction models and explore new possibilities, including searching for the most suitable neuroimaging biomarkers, integrating brain-imaging and other modalities such as genetic and clinical data, and connecting different psychiatric disorders. You will closely work with other group members and researchers from the department and international collaborators. You will also be enabled to publish your results in international journals.


You will be working in the Department of Psychiatry of the Brain Division of the UMC Utrecht. In our group, we are trying to use MRI brain scans to discover complex patterns of subtle tissue abnormalities that predict the disease status of individuals. As there are no visible abnormalities in the brains of psychiatric patients, we have to invoke Machine Learning algorithms: advanced techniques that can be trained to find discriminating patterns in brain data to predict IQ, (risk of) psychiatric disorder (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.), course of the disease, response to medication, etc. Recently we demonstrated that the brains of patients with schizophrenia show accelerated aging (doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2015.15070922). While these techniques have already been used successfully, it is not known why exactly these patterns predict age, IQ, schizophrenia, and so on. The current project therefore aims to further develop these prediction models (e.g., by employing deep learning techniques) and to investigate the biological background of these brain classification patterns.


You have a master’s degree in physics, mathematics, computer science or cognitive neuroscience/artificial intelligence with a strong technical background and/or affinity. Knowledge of or experience with machine learning or other forms of mathematical modeling is required. You are enthusiastic for brain research and would like to use your (technical) research capabilities to contribute to the knowledge of brain disorders and how they are related to (the anatomy of) the brain. You are able to work independently and also collaborate with other researchers. You are creative and contribute your own ideas.

The maximum salary for this position (89%) is € 2.996,00 gross per month based on full-time employment (work week 36 hours). This job is based on a temporary position for 9-10 months.

In addition, we offer an annual benefit of 8.3%, holiday allowance, travel expenses, career opportunities and personal budget. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Cao University Medical Centers (UMC).

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If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Mr.Dr. H.G. Schnack, Onderzoeker, phone 0887558459. Email

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