Ref. 34-2022 PhD Student – Diffusion MRI and Artificial Intelligence in Oncology (Process Closed)

The Vall d´Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO) Seeks a “PhD Student – Diffusion MRI and Artificial Intelligence in Oncology


Reference: Ref. 34-2022

Application deadline: June 27th, 2022. Please apply through the VHIO Academy PhD fellowship web site

Number of vacancies: 1


Job description:

We are looking for motivated candidates interested in a 3-year PhD project in computational diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging (dMRI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in oncology to join the Radiomics Group at VHIO, supervised by Dr Raquel Pérez López (MD, PhD), Radiomics Group leader, and Dr Francesco Grussu (PhD), 2022 La Caixa Junior Leader Fellow.

This PhD project is part of a broader scientific programme in MRI research in oncology at VHIO, which aims to develop the next-generation computational MRI methods with unprecedented sensitivity and biological specificity to cancer. The new methods will ultimately i) enable earlier metastasis detection, opening new unexplored windows for curative treatment, ii) provide exquisite non-invasive tumour microenvironment characterisation, for treatment personalisation and disease activity monitoring.

The successful candidate will start the PhD in late September 2022 and will be involved in:

  • dMRI Monte Carlo (MC) simulations in cancer microenvironments reconstructed from biopsies
  • development of AI methods to predict cancer microenvironments from dMRI scans
  • scanning tumour specimens on a 9.4T Bruker system to enable MRI-histology comparisons
  • demonstrating the new dMRI approaches in patients at the Vall d’Hebron Hospital, Barcelona



  • Master’s degree in one of Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science (required)
  • Good Python programming and Unix shell scripting skills (required)
  • Basic knowledge of MRI theory and computational methods (e.g., MC simulations) (required)
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English (required)
  • Basic knowledge of oncology (desired)
  • Previous experience in dMRI and/or AI (desired)


Additional information: 

Interested candidates can get in touch with Francesco Grussu for more information at


About VHIO:

Under the leadership of Josep Tabernero, the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), has established itself as a comprehensive cancer center of proven excellence internationally. It is also thanks to VHIO’s optimal organizational structure based on a purely multidisciplinary and translational model that VHIO talents continue to anticipate and tackle the many unresolved questions in combatting this multifaceted and heterogeneous disease.

Located within the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus, our researchers closely collaborate and interact with Vall d’Hebron physician-scientists. Translational science and clinical research are therefore tightly connected which promotes superb interaction and teamwork which, in turn, accelerates the bench-bedside-bed cycle of knowledge. This privileged environment affords VHIO direct access to patients as well as the entire spectrum of oncology professionals who care for them, and a second-to-none appreciation of how cancer science can translate into more powerful, targeted treatments and better practice for the care of patients.

VHIO’s pioneering model and programs, coupled with its belief in combining strengths through cross-border collaborations, continue to spur advances in reversing cancer resistance, halting metastatic spread, and more effectively treating even the most undruggable tumor types.


VHIO’s translation toward precision oncology:

Vall d’Hebron Institute Oncology (VHIO) endorses the Requirements and Principles of the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers promoted by the European Commission and follows Equal Opportunities policies.

On 10th April 2018 VHIO was awarded the “HR Excellence in Research” logo. Our Institute was consequently granted permission to use the HR Excellence in Research Award logo as demonstration of its stimulating and favourable work environment in line with the Charter & Code.

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