Recruitment

The RAPTOR -Real-time Adaptive Particle Therapy Of Cancer Innovative Training Network (ITN) is recruiting 15 highly motivated PhD students. The offered positions are available with a starting date in summer 2021.

The application is now closed. Thank you for your numerous applications. You are encouraged to check the website regularly to be updated on the latest information regarding the RAPTOR project. In case of a new open position, this will be advertised here.

Project description

Proton therapy (PT) is an advanced type of radiotherapy used to treat a constantly rising number of cancer patients. PT allows to target tumour with a high accuracy while sparing healthy surrounding tissue from dose. However, changes in anatomy or positioning and organ motion give rise to uncertainties which need to be further minimized to exploit the full benefits of PT. Adapting PT plans in real time has the potential to provide truly personalized treatments, allowing for better target control and less toxicity The main objective of RAPTOR is to advance the proton therapy(PT) for real-time use.

The researchers recruited in RAPTOR will conduct research projects at both academic and non-academic health care facilities which will sharpen their focus on clinical needs with respect to real-time adaptive PT. The active involvement of industry ensures that the transfer of industry-relevant skills is an integral part of individual ESR projects. This will guarantee rapid translation of clinical needs into innovative and marketable solutions.
RAPTOR aims to train a new generation of researchers, enabling a paradigm shift from treatment approaches that are manual and stepwise to those that are automatic and seamless, while assuring standardized clinical implementation of real-time adaptive PT.

The recruited ESRs will acquire a broad range of advanced and transferable skills within a unique, innovative, multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral training environment. Regular training schools and secondments to other EU academic and industrial partners will allow them to develop a broad range of valuable transferable skills.

A total of 15 PhD positions are available at 8 universities, 2 research centres and 3 companies, in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie InnovativeTraining Network (ITN) RAPTOR.

List of PhDs

 Host: Center of Proton Therapy (CPT) at the Paul Scherrer Institute – PSI, Switzerland.

Host: Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Ljubljana (UL), Slovenia.

Host: Cancer Research Center Groningen (CRCG) Research Institute of the University Medical Center Groningen – UMCG, Netherlands.

Host: University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Host: Aarhus University, Denmark.

Host: GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany.

Host: Center of Proton Therapy (CPT) at the Paul Scherrer Institute – PSI, Switzerland.

Host: Department of Radiation Oncology at the Medical University of Vienna – MedUniVienna, Austria.

Host: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität – LMU, Germany.

Host: Cancer Research Center Groningen (CRCG) Research Institute of the UMCG, Netherlands.

RAPTOR CONSORTIUM

Towards Interventional Particle Therapy for Advanced Cancer Care

Application and selection process

We welcome applications from Early-Stage Researches (ESR) fulfilling the following criteria:

  • Holding a master’s degree (in physics, medical physics, mathematic, medical or biomedical engineer, computer science or software engineer  or related studies . The above-mentioned degrees must be obtained by the time of recruitment.
  • Having not more than 4 years of equivalent research experience, i.e. working as a researcher after obtaining his/her master´s degree
  • Having not been awarded a doctoral degree
  • Having not resided or carried out her/his main activity in the country to be recruited in for more than 12 months in the last 3 years
  • Willingness to move countries for ESR placement and temporary secondments
  • High level of proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Research interest and ambitions for excellence in medical physics
  • Analytical skills and ability to work independently
  • Good communication skills relevant for working in an international and interdisciplinary research group
  • A previous experience in the respective fields of the ESR position is an asset

Funding

RAPTOR project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions under Grant Agreement No. 955956. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) program offers competitive and attractive salaries and working conditions.

The selected candidates will receive a gross salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early-stage researchers.

Eligibility

  • Candidates can be of any nationality.
  • There is no age limit for the candidates.

Selection process

Interested candidates must submit a single application which should include (in one single .pdf document):

  • complete CV,
  • detailed academic transcripts (including obtained grades)
  • motivation letter (specifying the willingness to be considered for other project),
  • a selection of up to 3 projects as instructed below
  • copies of University Master certificates or equivalents
  • contact details (name, title, address, telephone number, email address) and the capacity in which you know them for two referees
  • the Consent Form for Applicants filled in and signed

Only documents in English will be accepted.

Each candidate could rank 3 projects that they would like to be considered for, in descending order, together with a short justification for their preference. Candidates should be willing to undertake any of the projects they indicated preference for, if they are successful in the application process.

Applications should be submitted as a single .pdf document by email.

  • Preferential treatment will be given to applications received before 15 March 2021.

The selection process will follow these stages:

  • A first round of interviews will take place  before end of May 2021
  • The best candidates will be invited to an on-line interview. Each interview will be attended by a panel including principal investigators from the RAPTOR consortium.
  • Successful candidates will be enrolled between August-October 2021 (start date depends on the individual ESR)
 

RAPTOR values gender balance and is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive equal opportunities and consideration for employment.