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    Dr S Klüter
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

About This PhD Project

Project Description

part-time (65 %) – JobID: P0045V126

As soon as possible searched for Department of Radiology to work at Radiation Oncology.

The position is limited to 3 years.

Within a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) we are investigating the integration of magnetic resonance imaging and radiation therapy with ions.

The irradiation with ions offers the possibility to deposit high doses of radiation specifically in a tumor. For this purpose, the tissue must be modeled very precisely in the context of radiation planning. Here, MR imaging offers a more detailed insight into the distribution of soft tissue in comparison to computed tomography (CT), which is conventionally used in radiotherapy planning. As MR imaging is a non-invasive imaging method, it also offers the possibility to assess the patient anatomy prior to or during therapy, from which the therapy can be adjusted. The combination and integration of both technologies is a highly innovative field of research.

As part of this project we offer a PhD position for a physicist, medical physicist or engineer (f/m/d). The aim of the project is to develop a radiofrequency (RF) coil for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in treatment planning and radiotherapy with protons and heavier ions (e.g. carbon ions) at the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center (HIT).

The development will be conducted in close collaboration with the Division of Medical Physics in Radiology (Prof. Dr. Mark E. Ladd) at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ).

Tasks and responsibilities

• Active participation in a significant multidisciplinary research project, close cooperation with scientific partners at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg and at the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center (HIT)
• Development of an RF coil for magnetic resonance imaging in irradiation planning and in radiation therapy with protons and heavier ions (e. g. carbon ions)
• Derivation of specific requirements for the coil design as well as for materials and material distributions of the coil hardware and housing by means of simulations (e. g. electromagnetic simulations) and experimental investigations
• Development of a methodology to precisely determine the positioning of the RF coil relative to the ion beam and the patient
• Design and implementation of the coil and investigation of safe operating conditions for volunteer studies


• Completed studies with diploma or master's degree in physics, medical physics, engineering or a related discipline
• Experience in the following areas is an advantage: MR physics, circuitry and soldering, scientific programming (MATLAB, C/C++ etc.), electromagnetic simulations
• Target-oriented working methods and communication skills in a multidisciplinary work environment
• Reliability, self-initiative, motivation, and ability to work in a team
• Very good knowledge of German and English, both written and spoken

We offer

• Target-oriented individual further education and training opportunities
• Targeted training on the job
• Ticket for public transport
• Possibility of child care (crèche and kindergarten) as well as subsidy for holiday care for school children
• Active health promotion
• Company pension scheme
• Access to the university library and other university facilities (e. g. university sports)

Contact & Application

For further Information please contact Dr. Sebastian Klüter via email:
[Email Address Removed]

Interested? Applications will be accepted via email.

Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
Kopfklinik (Zentrum)
Radiologische Klinik
Radioonkologie und Strahlentherapie
Dr. Sebastian Klüter
Im Neuenheimer Feld 400
69120 Heidelberg
email: [Email Address Removed]

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