Garching near Munich, Germany
In a joint initiative of the Physics and Medical Faculties of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the Technische Universität München (TUM) as well as the Helmholtz Zentrum München, the Research Training Group / Graduiertenkolleg GRK 2274 “Advanced Medical Physics for Image-Guided Cancer Therapy” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) is operational since October 1st, 2017 (Speaker: Prof. Dr. Katia Parodi, Vice Speaker: Prof. Dr. Franz Pfeiffer).
In this context, the Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II, Prof. Dr. Winfried Petry) and the Department of Radiation Oncology (Prof. Dr. Stephanie Combs) at the Klinikum rechts der Isar (MRI, university hospital of the Technical University of Munich) are looking for a common PhD candidate in medical physics (m/f)
for the GRK project C3 “Advancing therapy planning for neutron therapy at MEDAPP”.
The neutron therapy facility MEDAPP is a worldwide unique tool for irradiation of tumours with fission neutrons. Due to the special application, neither an established treatment planning system, nor a solution of other neutron therapy facilities can be used for treatment planning.
Using existing preliminary works, the concept should be further developed towards a real, initially retrospective application. It includes verification of the beam parameters, comparison and implementation of suitable models to derive the tissue composition from CT/MR data sets, and selection as well as validation of an appropriate code for dose calculation. An intuitive user interface and the provision of commonly used evaluation tools conclude the project. With this implementation, a considerably improved evaluation of the patient-specific dose distribution is possible, especially concerning the impact on healthy tissue and organs at risk.
Admission to the program will include an original qualification concept featuring a set of compulsory and eligible training activities, to ensure not only academic excellence and scientific independence but also the development of fundamental personal effectiveness. The salary will be 75% TV-L E13 for a duration of typically 36 months. More information can be found on www.grk2274.de.
The working place will be mainly at the Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) at the Forschungszentrum Garching, which is well connected with public transportation to the collaborating university clinic (MRI) and the city of Munich.
The project is a multidisciplinary task, including measurements, algorithm development, theoretical considerations and code development. Therefore, you hold a highly ranked MSc in Physics, Engineering or Informatics, preferably with Medical Physics background, have proven experience in coding (preferably in C++/C#) and application development, bring technical proficiency, scientific creativity and team working skills and have fluent English knowledge (spoken and written).
Any of the following is considered as a benefit
Good understanding of nuclear processes relevant to neutron and photon transport as well as their interaction in matter for medical applications, experience in (medical) applications of treatment planning, data processing and radiation physics, know-how in medical data formats (DICOM), GUI development – may be even in 3D, experience with Monte Carlo transport and interaction codes, preferably MCNP or Geant4.
Prof. Dr. Jan Wilkens
Disabled candidates are preferentially considered in the case of equal qualification. Applications from women are encouraged.
To apply for the position, please send your electronic application (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, last school certificate, and university degree including grades, publication list, other qualification certificates like TOEFL, and up to two recommendation letters including contact information of your references) via the online submission system at http://portal.graduatecenter-lmu.de/ocgc/grk2274.