Lund University, division Medical Radiation Physics

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

The department of Medical Radiation Physics is engaged in research and education in ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, and its use mainly in medical applications. The major areas are magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radiation therapy, X-ray physics, and nuclear medicine.

We have now an opening for a doctoral student in Medical Radiation Physics with a focus on radiotherapy physics.

Radiotherapy is a cornerstone in cancer therapy today. Radiation resistant tumors are still challenging due to the limited tolerance for adverse effects in the surrounding healthy tissue. Pre-clinical research has suggested that radiation delivered at an ultra-high dose rate during a fraction of a second, so called FLASH radiotherapy, may help to reduce the risk of adverse effects on healthy tissues, while maintaining an adequate anti-tumor effect. This project aims at the translation of these promising findings from pre-clinical radiobiological experiments to clinical trials by developing, implementing and evaluating new dosimetric methods for planning and delivering FLASH radiotherapy in a safe way in the clinic.

Job Assignment
The main task is to purse doctoral studies, including participation in research projects as well as doctoral courses. The research task will mainly be focused on the development of dosimetric methods for clinical implementation of FLASH radiotherapy. The work includes experimental radiobiology and pre-clinical radiotherapy, as well as development of mathematical models to describe results from radiobiological experiments. The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with other researchers and research groups who use advanced radiation sources in different radiobiological research projects. The position may also include teaching on the Medical Physics progam and other institutional duties (at maximum 20%).

The focus of the project is in the sub-field of Radiotherapy physics in the department of Medical Radiation Physics.

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who have either completed a second-cycle degree, or completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad. Additionally, to be accepted for third-cycle studies in Medical Radiation Physics the applicant must have a MSc degree in Medical Physics (or an equivalent foreign degree), or completed an alternative university education to achieve basic eligibility equivalent to 240 credits, of which courses of at least 60 credits are directly relevant for the doctoral studies announced here, and has completed a research project thesis (MSc thesis, or equivalent) corresponding to at least 30 credits.

Other requirements:

  • Good knowledge of dosimetry, radiotherapy and treatment planning

Evaluation criteria:

  • Basic knowledge of radiobiology
  • Completed degree project in medical physics with relevance for radiotherapy
  • Medical physicist certification, as the project will take place in a clinical environment, partly using clinical equipment
  • Documented experience of clinical radiotherapy physics
  • Ability to communicate well in spoken and written English

Admission to third level (doctoral) studies is based primarily on the evaluated ability of the student to pursue and benefit from such studies. 

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statutes 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

The application is to be made online. An incomplete application will not be processed. The application must contain:

  1. CV
  2. A copy of the 30 credit master's degree project thesis (or equivalent)
  3. Copies of certificates and documents that the applicant wishes to claim.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment Snarast, enligt överenskommelse
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/164
  • Crister Ceberg, professor, 046-46 17 39 85
  • Magdalena Brossing, HR coordinator, +46 46 222 95 62
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 31.Jan.2022
Last application date 20.Feb.2022 11:59 PM CET

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