Position: PhD Student Position on MR-guided Proton Therapy

Department: Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology

Code number: 2019-0296

The German Cancer Research Center is the largest biomedical research institution in Germany. With approximately 3,000 employees, we operate an extensive scientific program in the field of cancer research.

Job description:

We are looking for a PhD student to work in the development of a treatment planning tool for MRI-guided proton therapy. The PhD student will help to design a novel strategy for treatment planning adaptation for delivery of intensity modulated proton therapy plans in the presence of an MRI scanner. For this, the in-house open source treatment planning system matRad will be extended to incorporate the effect of the magnetic field on the proton beam. In addition, a treatment planning workflow for MRI-guided proton therapy shall be designed and verified by Monte Carlo transport simulations and experimental measurements. Finally, treatment planning studies for tumours subjected to large motion are foreseen to investigate the potential of real-time plan adaptation in future MR-guided proton therapy.


We are looking for a self-dependent candidate with a genuine interest in scientific programming in radiation therapy. The candidate should have a strong background in physics, mathematics, and/or computer science. Background and experience in treatment planning, Monte Carlo simulations and dose calculation are beneficial but not essential.

We offer:

  • Interesting, versatile workplace
  • International, attractive working environment
  • Campus with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Access to international research networks
  • Doctoral student payment including social benefits
  • Flexible working hours
  • Comprehensive training and mentoring program through the Helmholtz International Graduate School

Earliest Possible Start Date: as soon as possible

Duration: The position is limited to 3 years.

Application Deadline: 25.09.2019


Dr. Lucas Norberto Burigo
Phone +49 6221/42-2439

Please note that we do not accept applications submitted via email.

The German Cancer Research Center is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and encourages female applicants to apply. Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, a person with disabilities will be given preference.                           

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