ORGANISATION/COMPANYHaukeland university hospital, Norway
RESEARCH FIELDMedical sciencesPhysics
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE20/04/2021 23:00 - Europe/Athens
LOCATIONNorway › Bergen
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK37.5
OFFER STARTING DATE01/07/2021
IS THE JOB RELATED TO STAFF POSITION WITHIN A RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE?Yes
PhD Research Fellowship in medical physics: Targeting late toxicities after childhood cancer through optimization of the complete radiation exposure in treatment planning of proton therapy.
The Department of oncology and medical physics at Haukeland University Hospital (HUH) in Bergen, Norway, has a vacancy for a research fellow (PhD position) in radiobiological modeling and treatment optimisation of proton therapy. HUH is the second largest university hospital in Norway with regard to research production. With tight connection to the University of Bergen, the current project will be based in an interdisciplinary research environment. Our multi‐professional research groups enable addressing complex research questions with potential of high impact and broad visibility in the international academic society of radiotherapy and oncology. Proton therapy will be available at Norwegian hospitals (Bergen and Oslo) from 2024, and the candidate will have the opportunity to obtain his/her research training in the setting of preparations and start-up of a proton therapy center.
The objective of this PhD fellowship is to develop and implement radiobiological models and software solutions to enable assessment and optimization of the complete radiation exposure in paediatric proton therapy. The project will include both research-based and commercial software related to treatment planning and dose calculation. The study aims to minimize risks of late toxicities following radiotherapy of cancer, and will include modeling of low-dose contributions from neutrons. The PhD fellowship is a full position for a period of three years. The candidate will be employed at Department of Oncology and Medical Physics, HUH and will have to apply for admission to the doctoral education at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Bergen. The fellowship will include research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. Candidates already holding a PhD within this field are not eligible for the position.
- Professional development in an interdisciplinary academic environment
- A local network supporting the clinical implementation of developed methods
- Possibilities of collaboration with well-established international groups in the field of radiotherapy
- Salary of at least level 50 on the government salary scale. Further increases in salary will be based on seniority in the position
- Pension scheme in KLP
When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant's academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be invited for an interview.
Formal regulations: According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELPhysics: Master Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
- Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent in physics or computer science. If the original is not in English or Scandinavian language, a review from NOKUT (or documentation that NOKUT has received your application) is required to ensure the level and scope in relation to a Norwegian master’s degree. The candidate must have achieved an excellent grade, equivalent of grade B or better on the ECTS grading system
- Candidates not yet having submitted their Master’s thesis, may also qualify for the position provided that the master`s degree is awarded within first half of 2021. In such case, a recommendation letter from your thesis supervisor is required, including status and expected date of delivery.
- Highly motivated, creative and able to work independently
The following are considered advantageous
- Familiarity with relevant methods (radiobiological modeling, statistical analysis, treatment planning systems and techniques, as well as handling of DICOM format.)
- Experience with radiotherapy of cancer, in particular proton therapy
- Documented programming skills in Python, or equivalent
- Experience with Monte Carlo simulations
- Knowledge of the effects of low dose exposures including neutrons and late side effects
- Experience with science communication
The application must include
- Letter of application, 1-2 pages, explaining your expertise with relevance for the project, your research interests and motivation for applying for this particular project
- Curriculum Vitae (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
- Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the master's degrees.
- A list of academic publications
- Your master’s thesis or equivalent.
- Names and contact details of at least two references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number). Recommendation letters can be included.
Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).
EURAXESS offer ID: 619932
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