[visionlist] PhD student – Keratoconus progression

Jos Rozema jos.rozema at uza.be
Tue Aug 28 10:45:18 -05 2018

At the Visual Optics Lab Antwerp (VOLANTIS), part of the Antwerp University
Hospital (Belgium), we have an active research line on the early detection
of keratoconus. If detected early, the disease can be treated in its
initial stages, giving patients a better long-term quality of vision. This
research has led to the development of the Keratoconus Assistant, a
machine-learning program that automatically detects unusual corneal shapes
measured with the Pentacam corneal tomography system.
Current project aims to expand the parameters analysed from a purely
shape-based program to one that integrates both corneal shape and
biomechanics (elasticity). This may permit prediction of keratoconus
progression and customization of treatment to the individual patient. For
this project we are currently looking for a scientific researcher/ PhD

*Job description*

•    You will work at the Department of Ophthalmology of the Antwerp
University Hospital and the University of Antwerp (Belgium);
•    You will investigate early detection of keratoconus and assessment of
progression risk with the aim of writing a doctoral thesis;
•    You will process a large amount of retrospectively collected
topographical data from several European partners;
•    You will prospectively perform clinical measurements on healthy
volunteers and keratoconus patients for your research.

*Job requirements*

•    You have a university master’s degree in physics, optometry, computer
science or engineering science, with a special interest in optics and
•    You are willing to educate yourself on machine learning;
•    You are fluent in English and are willing to learn basic Dutch;
•    You can work independently and in a team;
•    You are flexible and stress resistant;
•    Experience with Matlab, Java, Machine Learning and Finite Element
Modelling are important assets.
•    You are available from 1 October 2018 onwards.

*We offer*

•    Full-time contract for a limited period (4 years); extensions are
possible through grant applications;
•    Education in the operation and interpretation of the measurement
•    Many possibilities for continued education;
•    Recovery days (12 extra holidays per year);
•    Meal vouchers of 4,00 EUR per day (8h);
•    Various possibilities for children’s daycare.


Applications can be done through this link: https://bit.ly/2MyMSD3

Prof. Dr. Jos J. Rozema
Visual Optics Lab Antwerp (VOLANTIS)
Department of Ophthalmology
Antwerp University Hospital

Associate professor
Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
University of Antwerp
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