Postdoc in medical physics

The Department of Clinical Medicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as Postdoc in the field of medical physics as per 1 October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a three year full-time position in the project “QA manager for the international PROTECT trial”.

Department of Clinical Medicine
As a postdoc at the Department of Clinical Medicine, you will be part of what is probably the largest health science research department in Denmark. Our clinical research covers all the medical specialities and takes place in close collaboration with the university hospital and the regional hospitals in the Central Denmark Region. We have approx. 30,000 square metres of modern research facilities for experimental surgery and medicine, animal facilities and also advanced scanners at our disposal. The department has overall responsibility for the Master's degree programs in medicine and in molecular medicine. At the department we are approx. 425 academic employees and the same number of PhD students cooperating across disciplines. As a postdoc, you will be working on Aarhus University Hospital or another hospital in the Central Denmark Region. You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here.

About the research project
Proton therapy is an emerging technique for treatment of cancer patients. A European consortium has initiated the international phase III trial (PROTECT) randomizing oesophageal cancer patients between standard photon radiotherapy and proton therapy treatment. The trial will recruit approximately 500 patients in a time frame of five years. We aim for a very high level of quality assurance (QA) in both randomization arms and will collect all scans, treatment plans, and delineations in the Danish national database dcmcollab. During the full treatment course of five weeks, patients may be subject to anatomical changes, potentially ruining target coverage or leading to over dosage of organs at risk. Therefore, weekly CT scans will be acquired and in the event of significant dosimtric changes, new treatment plans will be prepared for the rest of the treatment course. These plans will also be collected in the data base and available for analysis. Some centres will implant fiducial markers, which can be used to evaluate the effect of respiratory and cardiac motion during each treatment fraction.

The trial and database is based at AUH and DCPT and managed by a group of oncologists and medical physicists. The QA work is supervised by medical physicists Ditte Sloth Møller and Lone Hoffmann holding the chair of the QA committee and will be performed in collaboration with the protocol QA committee consisting of medical physicist and physicians from 3-4 European centres. This committee is responsible for maintaining the requested high quality of treatments throughout the treatment period, for instance by site visits and yearly workshops.

Your job responsibilities
As Postdoc in medical physics your position is primarily research-based but may also involve teaching assignments. You will contribute to the development of the department through research of high international quality. In your daily work, you will work closely with colleagues on your project, where you will receive supervision and guidance.

As the QA manager you will be responsible for:

  • Independent research of high international quality, including publication.
  • Setup software for analysis of a huge amount of data
  • Collection and analysis of incoming treatment plans and all QA data
  • Give feedback to the centres in case deviations from protocol requirements are seen
  • Arrangement of yearly workshops for discussion of treatment plans, delineations, treatment strategies etc.
  • On site visits to new centres in collaboration with the QA committee
  • Publication of analysis of the QA-results
You will report to the Head of Department, Jørgen Frøkiær.

Your competences
You have academic qualifications at PhD level in medical physics. You have excellent programming skills with Matlab or Python, and preferably C#. You have analytical skills and the ability to work independently. You are willing to give feedback to the European centres on errors and mistakes and persistently requiring correction of errors. You have prior experience in radiation oncology, preferable from employment in a clinical position. Please note there will be some travel activity in Europe with this position.

As a person, you are ambitious, take ownership and possess good communication and interpersonal skills. We expect you to be fluent in oral and written English.

In order to be assessed as qualified for a Postdoc position, you must meet these academic criteria.

Questions about the position
If you have any questions about the position, please contact medical physicists Lone Hoffmann, PhD, tel.: (+45) 2993 9779 or Ditte Sloth Møller, PhD tel.: (+45) 6127 3503.
Your place of work will be at the Danish Centre for Particle Therapy (DCPT) and the Department of Oncology at Aarhus University Hospital., Palle Juul- Jensens Boulevard 25, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

Previously submitted applications will be taken into consideration unless they are withdrawn.

Terms of employment
Application
Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
  • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system
  • Template for applicant - postdoc must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its statement. In such cases, you will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless your application is withdrawn.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

International applicant?
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here. Aarhus University also has a Junior Researcher Development Programme. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

 


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