Post-doc Proton Therapy Physics (1.0 FTE)


KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation Technology


University of Groningen

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 32,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents.
The KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation Technology (KVI-CART) performs basic research on subatomic and astroparticle physics and application-driven research on accelerator physics and physics in medicine. KVI-CART operates a large research infrastructure, the AGOR cyclotron facility, which provides intermediate energy beams for research in various domains of science as well as for industrial applications.

Job description

The research of the KVI-CART Medical Physics group focuses on the further improvement of radiotherapy with particle beams. Research topics are proton imaging: in vivo range verification via PET imaging of short-lived radionuclides and various aspects of dosimetry. The group also provides physics support to external users of the AGOR cyclotron facility.
We closely collaborate with Radiation Oncology and Cell Biology departments of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and with the Medical Radiation Physics group at the University of Oldenburg (Germany).

We are now looking for a postdoctoral fellow (two years) in proton therapy physics. This position is funded through the EU-supported project INSPIRE (Infrastructure in Proton International Research), in which 17 European research centers coordinate their research on proton therapy.

You will
• contribute to the development of very high dose rate (FLASH) and spatially fractionated particle irradiation modalities for preclinical research
• develop instrumentation for radiation biology experiments: an experimental setup for cell and organoid cultures under controlled oxygenation and methods and tools to study the evolution of the RBE along the Bragg curve.

In addition you will contribute to the support to external users performing experiments at the AGOR cyclotron facility in the context of the transnational access programme of INSPIRE.


You meet the following requirements:

• a PhD degree in Physics
• proven expertise in (medical) radiation physics, Monte Carlo simulations of radiation transport and radiation detection
• demonstrated experimental skills
• result driven
• excellent command of English (spoken and written)
• good communication skills
• team player.

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.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 24 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• salary dependent on qualifications and work experience of € 3,255 gross per month up to a maximum of € 4,274 gross per month (salary scale 10) for a full-time job
• full-time position (38 hours per week)
• excellent secondary benefits, including a pension scheme and flexible employment conditions
• holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % of the gross annual income.

The position is temporary for a period of up to two years. The successful candidate will initially be offered a position for one year. Extension is conditional on a positive evaluation after 9 months.

Job Application

Applications for the position should include:

• motivation letter
• 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.

Applications can be submitted until 15 January 2020 23:59 h Dutch local time (CET, UTC + 1 h) by means of the application form only (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications received before 15 January 2020 will be given full consideration; however, the position will remain open until it is filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Sytze Brandenburg

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 219627

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Further information about KVI-CART can be found on our website

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