Postdoctoral Researcher in Medical Radiation Physics

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At the Department of Oncology-Pathology basic, translational and clinical research and educational activities related to cancer is carried out. Approximately 300 people from over 40 nations are currently working at the department. 37 research groups with various cancer research profiles are involved and we have around 120 PhD students. The Department of Oncology-Pathology is responsible for undergraduate courses in Pathology, Oncology and Forensic Medicine for medical students, as well as for Tumor biology courses for biomedicine students and Pathology courses for opticians.

Area of responsibilities/description of the work
A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the group of Ass. Prof. Iuliana Toma-Dasu at the Department of Oncology-Pathology. The position is announced in relation to EU Project ARTFORCE ( ARTFORCE is a consortium of top clinical centers and SME’s in Europe aiming at improving outcome and reducing clinical and economical burden of treatments in non-small cell lung and advances head and neck cancer. Loco-regional treatment is the mainstay of cancer cures in non small lung and head and neck cancer. For advanced stage cancer, dose intense multimodality treatment is required yet affected by substantial side effects. The aim of ARTFORCE is to improve treatment outcome in locally advanced head and neck and lung cancer patients by:

  • Optimizing local control by introducing novel radiation techniques resulting in redistribution of the radiation dose, creating inhomogeneous dose distribution towards the most active part of the tumour instead of conventional homogenous doses.
  • Maximizing the benefit of combined modality treatment.
  • This proposal will optimise efficiency by selecting patients on treatment specific tumour response predictors and tailoring radiation to most active parts of the tumour, improve quality of life by withholding ineffective, toxic treatments and redistribution of dose and decrease community costs by reserving expensive treatments for those who will benefit.

    The area of responsibilities is strictly related to the specific aim of the research project which is to develop algorithms for biologically optimized treatment planning aimed at eradication of the tumour with minimal normal tissue morbidity. These will be based upon interim PET scans and recurrence pattern in the clinical trials. The algorithm will be implemented as an add-on module into a treatment planning system intended to estimate accumulated dose and patient-specific treatment response making it possible to replan and eventually biologically adapt the treatment based on this additional information.

    This is a fixed-term employment which will last until the end of August 2017.

    Entry requirements
    A person is eligible for a position as Postdoctoral Researcher if he or she has obtained a PhD no more than seven years before the last date of employment as postdoc. The term can be extended under special circumstances.
    A background in medical radiation physics is preferred. Experience in optimisation, theoretical modeling and biological optimisation based on functional imaging is also preferred.

    Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: education and previous training, relevance for the project, publication, track record and motivation.

    Application process
    An employment application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  • A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)
  • Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances
  • Verification from the thesis defence committee or the equivalent (only if the thesis defence is scheduled within three months after the application deadline)
  • The application is to be submitted through the MyNetwork recruitment system.

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