Postdoc physicist or computer scientist


Applications for this position closed on Saturday 28th June, 2014
Organization:  Munich University Hospital
Location:  Munich, (Garching)
Number of positions:  1


Position and project description

We offer a postdoctoral position for an experienced physicist or computer scientist working on new developments

in the field of adaptive proton radiotherapy. The position is being funded by the Bundesministerium

für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) in the framework of the “SPARTA” project, in close cooperation

with the Radiotherapy Department of the LMU University Hospital (Prof. Claus Belka).

Clinical implementation of adaptive workflows enabling a timely reaction to unavoidable modifications of

the treatment situation (e.g., patient anatomy, tumor characteristics) during fractionated irradiation is still

an unsolved challenge of modern radiation therapy with intensity-modulated photon and ion beams. Moreover,

despite the rapid technological advances, in-room image guidance of particle therapy remains largely

undeveloped, and the role of imaging modalities already established in modern photon therapy, such as

Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), is still debated.

In this project, we aim at the development and validation of new solutions based on CBCT and other clinically

established imaging modalities for adaptive strategies in proton beam therapy. This work will particularly

aim at controlling range uncertainties in realistic clinical scenarios, as these are perceived as the

main obstacle to the wide spread use of proton therapy. To this aim, deformable image registration and a

dedicated research computational environment will be used to update anatomical information with respect

to the planning CT and evaluate changes in range and dose distributions, prompting corrections strategies.

The foreseen research activities will span from the development and/or assessment of software tools for

reconstruction, processing and registration of different imaging modalities, to treatment planning and

Monte Carlo simulations. Hence, the work will offer a broad spectrum of tasks including elaboration and

analysis of medical images, as well as computational modeling of proton therapy. The working place will

be at the Forschungszentrum Garching, which is well connected with public transportation to the city of

Munich and, in particular, to the hiring Munich University Hospital. The successful candidate will work in

a motivated, multidisciplinary and international team embedded in a stimulating scientific environment,

with excellent research infrastructure and clinical support from the LMU Hospital. Disabled candidates

are preferentially considered in case of equal qualification. Applications from women are encouraged.

The ideal candidate has

Ph.D. in Physics or Computer science, preferably in the field Medical Physics and Bio-engineering

Experience in (medical) applications of imaging, data processing, and radiation physics

Experience in coding and documentation standards, medical data formats (DICOM), programming

languages (preferably C/C++, Python, MATLAB), as well as Linux and Windows OS

Experience with Monte Carlo transport and interaction codes, preferably Geant4

Fluent English knowledge (spoken and written)

Technical proficiency, scientific creativity, team working skills


For more information please contact Katia Parodi ( or Guillaume

Landry (

Please send your complete application (letter of motivation, certificates and a CV) until 28.06.2014 to

Prof. Dr. Katia Parodi

Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik – Medizinische Physik

Am Coulombwall 1, 85748 Garching b. München

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