Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Radiation Physics

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 08 Dec 2022

Ref. No. SU FV-2779-22

at the Department of Physics . Closing date: 12 August 2022. 

The Department of Physics is one of the biggest departments within the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics, including Medical Radiation Physics. It has about 250 employees, of which 95 are PhD students. Many have been internationally recruited. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which apart from the Department of Physics houses the Department of Astronomy, the Physics Departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita). 

The Department of Physics and Stockholm University is affiliated to Stockholm Dual Career Network (SDCN) that supports expat partners with professional events, career-related advice and by building a social network in their new hometown.

Project description
The position will be associated with the project finaced by the Swedish Cancer Society (Cancerfonden) on personalised treatment planning for stereotactic radiotherapy of high-grade glioma. Stereotactic radiotherapy is a highly successful radiotherapy modality for specific types of cancer involving the delivery of the treatment in one (radiosurgery) or very few sessions. It relies on the accurate definition of the volumes confining the malignant cells and the organs at risk of being irradiated as a very high radiation dose is planned to be delivered to the target in order to ensure the sterilisation of the malignant clonogenic cells.

There are, however, multiple instances when the treatment fails to be successful or it is denied to patients because of the uncertainties in target position and extent. One of the most problematic brain tumours in that respect is glioma, in particular high-grade glioma. Glioblastoma, for instance, are very well known for infiltrating the brain tissue far from the observable tumour mass on the diagnostic images.

A new philosophy for defining the target for glioma and a corresponding new approach for clinically handling it are now emerging in the form of personalised probabilistic target definition and treatment planning aiming at ensuring a robust delivery of the dose with respect to the target definition and hence patient cure. 

It is therefore the overall aim of this project to develop the framework for personalised treatment planning for stereotactic radiotherapy accounting for uncertainties in target definition and position for high-grade glioma.

Main responsibilities
The position involves research and development of the methods and the computational tools for personalised probabilistic planning accounting for uncertainties in target definition, extent and position for high-grade glioma.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills in artificial intelligence applied to medical radiation physics for target definition and treatment response assessment. The successful applicant will be selected based on documented knowledge relevant for the area of study, knowledge of scientific instrumentations and method, analytical skills, personal motivation and team working skills. Excellent ability to express themselves in written and spoken English is required. The applicants are encouraged to provide supporting documents that substantiate qualifications, e.g., knowledge, skills, abilities and experience. References and interviews will be used to assess qualifications of the applicants.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 2022-10-01 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Prof. Iuliana Toma-Dasu, telephone: +46 72 147 42 57, .

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, , and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references
    Important: Your academic referees should send us recommendation letters via email to: and state in the subject line: SU FV-2779-22 + name of the applicant.

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position .

You are welcome to apply!

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