Department The Departments of Radiation Oncology and Biomedical Sciences of Cells and Systems
Work location Groningen
Apply no later than 06 June 2021
We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious postdoctoral scientist with a background in radiation physics for particle therapy to join our team that in the coming years will realize and commission the new IMPACT facility for image guided particle irradiations for preclinical research in particle therapy. IMPACT consists of a versatile new particle beam line; a 3D X-ray imager at the irradiation position, a bioluminescence imager and image based irradiation planning tools. It will be built in collaboration with several external partners. The project is funded by the Dutch cancer foundation KWF.
You will take the lead in the validation of the irradiation planning tools and will strongly contribute to the development and validation of the irradiation modalities, the commissioning of the entire facility and user experiments. You will be involved in setting up the data management infrastructure through which users of the facility will have access to the data related to their irradiations.
The UMCG is one of the largest hospitals of the Netherlands with over 1.300 beds and more than 13.000 employees and takes care of an adherence region of > 2.5 million inhabitants in the north of the Netherlands. The UMCG is ISO-certified for patient care, teaching, training and research. The University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, RUG) is a top 100 university in international rankings. UMCG foresees a central role for particle therapy in general and proton therapy in particular, both in patient care at the UMCG Groningen Proton Therapy Center and in research. Our strategic research priorities are related to the physics and biology of particle irradiation, with a special focus on proton therapy. This focus fits completely with the UMCG strengths (state-of-the-art infrastructure) and priorities (focus on healthy aging and on complex pathology).
UMCG PARTREC operates a large superconducting cyclotron for experimental research, mainly in radiation physics and biology to support further development of radiotherapy with ion beams. For this research program the cyclotron delivers beams of various ions ranging from protons to oxygen with energies up to 190 MeV for protons and 90 MeV per amu for ions of helium to oxygen. The accelerator is furthermore used for research in nuclear physics by faculty of the University of Groningen and for commercial radiation hardness testing. Some 25 fte of technical staff operate the accelerator facility and provide support to design, build and operate experimental apparatus. UMCG PARTREC promotes multidisciplinary research in which physics and biology, imaging, big-data analysis, and clinical research come together to improve the quality of proton therapy treatment and explore potential benefits of other particles for cancer treatment. Over 30 PhD students and post graduates are currently dedicated to particle therapy research.
The facility is well integrated in the research landscape, participating in various EU-projects. Currently a new research infrastructure for image guided preclinical irradiations (IMPACT), supported by an infrastructure grant awarded by the Dutch Cancer Society in 2019, is under development. It is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2023. At this new infrastructure novel irradiation modalities such as FLASH and SFRT with proton and helium beams will be available for users. The facility will be open to worldwide users. UMCG PARTREC is a dedicated research facility functioning in synergy with the UMCG Groningen Proton Therapy Center (GPTC). Therefore, UMCG PARTREC has the ability to uniquely combine technology development, preclinical and patient studies with an R&D program to demonstrate clinical and economic benefits and to continuously improve proton therapy technology and the treatment itself, while assessing the feasibility of other particle for high precision radiotherapy, offering unique career development opportunities in the field of Medical Physics.
What do we need
PhD in physics or applied physics with proven expertise relevant for the field.
Expertise in radiation transport physics including Monte Carlo simulations; radiation detection and dosimetry and experience in experiments at accelerator facilities.
Experience in programming (C++, Python).
Expertise in beam physics; instrumentation development incl. IT-aspects and imaging are highly relevant assets.
Interest in radiation biology is essential in our multidisciplinary environment.
Relevant post-doctoral work experience in academia or elsewhere.
Strong internal and external communication skills, leadership qualities.
Experience in coaching and teaching PhD students and junior postdocs is an asset.
Interest in teaching at the RUG faculties of Science and Engineering and Medical sciences.
Excellent command of English (spoken and written)
The applicants should be able and willing to work in a radiation environment and should have or quickly obtain the required qualification for this. Part of the work will have to be done outside the normal working hours.
The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.
In case of specific professions a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ is required.
What do we offer
Your salary will be a maximum of € 4.615,- gross per month (scale 10), depending on your qualifications and relevant experience, based on a full-time appointment. In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centres (CAO-UMC). English: http://www.nfu.nl/english/about-the-nfu/
The position is temporary for a period of up to three years. The successful candidate will initially be offered a position for one year. Extension is conditional on a positive evaluation after 9 months.
For more information about the position, please contact:
Prof. dr. Sytze Brandenburg, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, projectleader IMPACT, telephone: +31 50 363 2573, e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applying for a job
Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed. The application form requires:
CV (including educational and employment history, academic transcript of the MSc studies, publication list etc.).
Name and (email address) of at least two academic referees.
Applying for a job
Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed. You can apply until 6 June 2021.
Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.
Post Doctoral Fellow: Real Time In Vivo Verification Of Proton Therapy, University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), Netherlands, 6 days ago
Within the Department of Radiation Oncology of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Groningen, the Netherlands, we are looking for a motivated and ambitious post-doctoral fellow to join...
Postdoctoral Position To Investigate Novel Dosimetry Solutions For Advanced Radiotherapy Treatment..., Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 3 days ago
Project description: Radiation therapy is one of the main treatments for cancer care. It consists in irradiating the tumor, while limiting the toxicity associated with the exposure of healthy tiss...
Assistant/Associate Professor In Mucosal Immunology, University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), Netherlands, about 24 hours ago
As an assistant/associate professor in mucosal immunology you will contribute to the core tasks of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG): research, teaching, care and societal impact. You...
Research Assistant / Ph D Student (F/M/D) Doping Of 2 D Materials / Very Good University Degree (..., Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) - HZDR - Helmholtz Association, Germany, 7 days ago
Area of research: Scientific / postdoctoral posts Part-Time Suitability: The position is suitable for part-time employment. Starting date: 01.09.2021 Job description: Research Assistant / PhD stud...
Scientist/Postdoctoral Fellow In Structural Biophysics (Iv 95), Fyzikální ústav AV ČR, Czech, 13 days ago
ELI Beamlines research centre in Dolní Břežany is a part of pan-European infrastructure ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) representing a unique tool of support of scientific excellence in Europe ...
Postdoctoral Position: Hybrid Proton Conducting Materials And Composites, KU Leuven, Belgium, about 11 hours ago
We are looking for a motivated postdoctoral research fellow to synthesize novel proton-conducting materials with a hybrid metal-organic composition and/or based on composites of multiple materials...