Veronika Kovzel
Phone: +49 351 260 3231

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Prof. Dr. Christian Richter
Mrs. Kathrin Adamek-Genschmar

Place of work:

Working hours:
19,5 h/week

15 November 2020

Online application
English / German
Job-Id: 139/2020 (1060)

The HZDR is committed to equal opportunity employment and we strongly encourage applications from qualified female candidates. We also carefully consider all applications from job candidates with severe disabilities.

Bautzner Landstraße 400
01328 Dresden

PhD Student (f/m/d) - Online plan Adaptation in proton therapy

As member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the HZDR employs about 1,200 people. The Center's focus is on interdisciplinary research in the areas energy, health and matter.

At the Institute of Radiooncology – OncoRay scientists specializing in medicine, physics, biology and IT work together to substantially improve the treatment of cancer by administering radiation therapy that is biologically personalized and technically optimized.

As part of the Institute, the Section of High Precision Protontherapy, invites applications as PhD student (f/m/d) - Online plan adaptation in proton therapy. The position will be available from 01.01.2021. The employment contract is limited to three years. In the first year, this will be a 50% position, with the possibility to increase to 75% in the second year.


Your PhD project is crucial for our long-term aim of realizing proton therapy of the next generation, making proton therapy online adaptive, realized by an online feedback-loop including in-room imaging, treatment verification and adaptation. Your scientific tasks include:

  • A comprehensive evaluation and selection of components of the feedback-loop
  • The development of a first workflow concept for the envisioned interaction of all components, including a risk analysis and identification of potential bottlenecks
  • To put special focus on the adaptation part in the loop by establishing a fast and quality-assured online treatment plan adaptation procedure in collaboration with academic and industry partners

This project is focused on translational research with the clear aim to impact tomorrows treatment of cancer patients. You will present results on international conferences and in peer-reviewed publications, and also supervise students.


  • Successfully completed studies in the field of medical physics or a comparable applied/natural science

  • Experience in proton therapy and treatment planning is an advantage

  • Knowledge in machine learning applications is an adavantage, ideally for radiation therapy applications

  • Good programming skills in a high level programming language (Matlab, Python etc.)

  • Interest in working as a team player in a group of motivated interdisciplinary professionals

  • Structured and solution-oriented working methods, analytical thinking and above-average commitment

  • Good communication skills in English and preferably also in German

We offer:

  • A vibrant research community in an open, diverse, and international work environment
  • Scientific excellence and extensive professional networking opportunities
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement TvöD-Bund
  • 30 Vacation Days per year
  • Company pension scheme (VBL)
  • A good work/life balance for which we offer assistance in the form of:
    • Possibility to work part-time

    • Flexible working hours

    • In-house health management

Kindly submit your complete application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) only via our Online-application-system.

Online application English / German