Post-doc Proton Therapy Physics and Instrumentation (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 a.o. radiation biology and medical radiation physics.
The KVI-CART Medical Physics group focuses on further improvement of proton therapy, in close collaboration with the Radiation Oncology and Cell Biology departments of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG).

Job description

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow (four years) for the development of a new state-of-the-art infrastructure for preclinical radiation biology research with particle beams at the AGOR cyclotron facility, IMPACT.
IMPACT will offer unique research opportunities for preclinical studies of normal tissue and tumor response to high accuracy image guided proton and helium irradiations.
IMPACT consists of a versatile new beam line; 3D X-ray and bioluminescence imagers at the irradiation position 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 and is a collaboration between KVI-CART and the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG).
The successful candidate 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 and the commissioning of the imagers.


You meet the following requirements:

• a PhD degree in Physics
• proven expertise in (medical) radiation physics; Monte Carlo simulations of radiation transport; radiation detection and dosimetry
• demonstrated experimental skills
• interest in imaging
• expertise in instrumentation development, incl. IT-aspects, is a strong asset
• postdoctoral work experience
• excellent command of English (spoken and written)
• result driven
• good communication skills
• team player with leadership qualities.

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: 48 months.

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

• a 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 four 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 219628

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

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