Erasmus MC

PhD-student on the ARCHITECT research programme

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Job description

Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic group that aims to improve the treatment of cervical cancer? Are you technically and clinically minded? Would a PhD project within an academic medical center and technical university partnership interest you?

If you have answered yes to these questions, Erasmus MC Cancer Institute – Department of Radiotherapy is now accepting applications for a PhD student position on the ARCHITECT research programme that is performed in close cooperation with the Minimally Invasive Surgery and Interventional Techniques (MISIT) group of the Biomechanical Engineering department of the Delft University of Technology.

In the ARCHITECT research programme we aim to optimise treatment conformity for women undergoing gynaecologic brachytherapy, using 3D printed patient-tailored applicators that include spatially optimised needle source channels for intracavitary and image-guided interstitial use. High conformity is expected to increase local tumour control and cure, while reducing (long-term) side effects and their impact on quality of life of patients.

The PhD position will involve mechanics and design-related product optimisation, including patient comfort and workflow aspects (just-in-time delivery of 3D printed products), as well as methodical experimental comparisons of 3D printed products with currently used applicators.

Within this project you will work in a multidisciplinary team, comprised of radiation oncologists, engineers, medical physicists, patient advocacy groups, and companies that are certified for medical device production and delivery. You will have the lead in analysing and interpreting of data, writing scientific articles and communicating study results at relevant national and international conferences.

Work environment

Erasmus MC Cancer Institute encompasses one of the largest radiation oncology departments in Europe treating over 5.500 patients per year. The department has a wide-ranged and internationally renowned research programme, varying from fundamental and translational radiobiology, to biological image-guided, interventional and adaptive radiotherapy, and to clinical trials.

In 2018, the department moved to a new ultramodern building at the central location of Erasmus MC. All research is focused on improving clinical practice and has led to world-first implementations of e.g. fully automated treatment planning for the majority of curative patients and plan-of-the-day treatment strategies to reduce side effects.

As a PhD student you will have access to the courses of the Erasmus MC postgraduate school of Molecular Medicine and to the PhD educational programme on medical physics, and you will participate in the departmental journal clubs and R&D meetings. The department collaborates closely with HollandPTC, aiming to provide beyond state-of-the-art proton therapy.

Qualifications and skills
  • You have a MSc in Technical Medicine, Biomedical Engineering or a related discipline.
  • Excellent practical and technical skills are required.
  • You have a pragmatic and translational research mind-set and you are able to communicate well across disciplines and levels of experience.
  • Experience with research in radiation oncology will be an advantage.
  • You should be fluent in English; knowledge of the Dutch language is preferred.
  • You are a highly motivated, ambitious, result-driven and excellent team player.

Before you apply please check our conditions for employment.

Terms of employment

You will receive a temporary position for 4 years. The gross monthly salary is € 2.495,- in the 1st year and increases to € 3.196,- in the 4th year (scale OIO). The terms of employment are according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Dutch University Medical Centers (CAO UMC).

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Dr. R.A. Nout, Head of Radiotherapy Department, phone number: +31 (0)10 704 13 66 or Dr. Ir. I.K.K. Kolkman-Deurloo, Medical Physicist, phone number: +31 (0)6 500 017 15 or Dr. Ir. N.J.P. van de Berg, Researcher, phone number: +31 (0)15 278 20 54. For queries regarding your application, please contact Jerry Chandansingh, Recruiter, by 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.

Uren per week: 36 hours


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