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Postdoc MR only Radiotherapy

  • 11.20.19.TDdH
  • 36 hours per week
  • Radiologie en Nucleaire Geneeskunde

Job description

Are you interested in a postdoc position in Medical Physics, MRI Imaging and Image Analysis? Do you want to work in a multi-disciplinary team of medical physicists, radiation oncologists, and radiologists at a world leading university medical center? And contribute to the improvement of head-and-neck cancer treatment?  If yes, continue reading, because Erasmus MC Cancer Institute is now accepting applications for a postdoc position on the project “Deep learning for MR only Radiotherapy”. For this project the departments of Radiation Oncology and Radiology joined forces in collaboration with Newcastle University and industry partner General Electrics. 

Your tasks as a postdoc involve: development and optimization of novel multi-parametric MRI sequences for synthetic CT generation and automated contouring for volunteers and head-and-neck cancer patients;  advanced deep learning based post processing of mpMRI data; implementation of the synthetic CT images and automated contouring for radiotherapy treatment planning; working in close collaboration within the multi-disciplinary team and the international consortium.

You will work at both the Radiation Oncology department and the Department of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, which offers you a unique opportunity to gain experience in both fields. You will present your results during national and international conferences, and publish them in international journals. Your research should lead to clinical implementation of novel procedures in daily routine, and you will play an active role in this implementation.

Work environment

Erasmus MC stands for a healthy population and excellence in healthcare. By conducting groundbreaking work, we aim to push boundaries through leading the way in research, education and healthcare. We have access to the latest equipment and techniques in a state-of-the-art environment.

Erasmus MC Cancer Institute encompasses one of the largest radiation oncology departments in Europe treating over 5500 patients per year. The department has a wide-ranged and internationally renowned research program varying from fundamental and translational radiobiology, to biological image guided, interventional and adaptive radiotherapy and clinical trials. The department has access to 12 state-of-the-art medical linear accelerators, including 2 robotic stereotactic treatment units of which one with an in-room CT scanner on rails. Furthermore, the imaging equipment comprises 1 MRI and 3 CT scanners. All research is focused on improving clinical practice and has led to ground breaking innovation such as fully automated treatment planning, daily treatment plan selection strategies, and a one-stop-shop for palliative patients.

The Department of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine is the largest imaging department in the Netherlands with 11 MRI scanners: one preclinical 7T, three 3T, six 1.5T and one 0.2T. Four of them are mainly focused on research including large epidemiological studies, clinical trials, pulse sequence design and coil development. In 2018 two 3T scanners are renewed and substituted by the newest and most advanced in the market. In 2019 a new PET-MR system will be installed. The department has more than 250 employees and 20 research groups. It is among the world’s top in the field and one of the most cited imaging departments around the world. Finally, the radiology department has a specific MR Research group with capability on coils and MR sequence development.

Both departments are strongly involved in the Holland Proton Therapy Center for proton therapy, in which TU Delft, Leiden University MC and Erasmus MC collaborate in providing excellent care and groundbreaking research.

Qualifications and skills

You are a highly motivated candidate with a PhD degree in (Applied) Physics, Electrical Engineering, Technical Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, or a related discipline. Excellent technical skill as well as academic writing and presentation skills in English are required. Experience with MRI and or image processing is preferential. You are enthusiastic when solving a problem via programming, and interested in modelling. Knowledge of the Dutch language is preferred. As you will be part of a multi- disciplinary team and will regularly meet patients, good communication skills are essential. You are ambitious, result-driven and an excellent team player.

Being able to present a certificate of good conduct, a valid proof of identity, diploma's and/ or relevant registration such as BIG/ RGS are conditions for the appointment.

Terms of employment

The gross monthly salary amounts a maximum of € 4.361,- (scale 10) based on a full-time working week of 36 hours. Depending on your experience scale 11 may be possible. The position is for 1 to 3 years. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Medical Centers (CAO UMC).

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Ir. Steven Petit, Medical Physicist, phone number: +31 (0)6 500 017 04 or Sandra de Wringer-van Vliet MBA, Manager of Physics, phone number: +31 (0)6 419 235 04. For queries regarding your application, please contact Jerry Chandansingh, Recruiter, phone number: +31 (0)6 500 310 06.

If you are excited by the thought of this position and would like to apply, please do so by using the application form on our website.

No agencies please.