Researcher (postdoc level) for developing novel imaging modalities for preclinical radiation research platform / Department of Radiotherapy / Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

Maastricht University


February 14, 2022


Job description

Who are we : We are the Radiotherapy Department of the University of Maastricht (GROW School), the Netherlands. Our aim is to improve radiotherapy for cancer by clinical and preclinical research. In our Radiotherapy Physics team we specialize in the combination of imaging, precision irradiation and radiation dose calculations. For preclinical research (animal research) we collaborate closely with the Radiobiology team, and with several companies to develop new products. We also work with an onsite Radiotherapy clinic (the world-famous MAASTRO) which also has a new proton radiotherapy department since 2019.

Which project do we offer : We will soon start to extend the imaging capabilities of our advanced research platform for preclinical studies with small animal models for oncology. The platform currently has x-ray based CT imaging and bioluminescence imaging (BLI) systems onboard, in addition to precision irradiation with small beams of x-rays. We also developed our own treatment planning system for irradiation studies. We plan now to develop fast and accurate image reconstruction methods for advanced x-ray cone beam CT imaging with a novel imaging panel, add spectral CT capabilities with TimePix technology, and continue to develop 3D tomographic BLI. Your role will be to build on and develop further parts of these methods, in collaboration with local research groups and external companies. Willingness to work in such an environment is important. Artificial intelligence will play an important role in these methods.



Who are we looking for: Researcher in radiation physics or radiation engineering for biomedical research

We are looking for a dynamic co-worker, preferably a recent doctoral graduate with a strong MSc degree in (bio)physics or (bio)physics engineering with an interest in biomedicalresearch. Ideally, you have knowledge of imaging hardware and software, and possess advanced computer programming skills (e.g. on GPU). Knowledge of artificial intelligence is a plus. You should be willing to work in a highly motivated team of physicists and radiobiologists. You should be enthusiastic about relocating to the region around Maastricht (which is also close to Germany and Belgium). Knowledge of the Dutch language is not a requirement. You should be fluent in English (written and spoken).


Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year, with a potential possibility for extension.

What do we offer : We offer a 12 month contract in this exciting project, with a potential extension of several years afterwards. The candidate should start the project not much later than March 1 2022. Depending on experience and qualification, the maximum gross monthly salary is between € 2.846,- and € 4.490,- gross per month, in accordance with scale 10 of the Dutch university collective bargaining agreement. The package includes 4 weeks vacation, with 9 additional fixed vacation days. An 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance is also provided. If you are a foreigner, you may qualify for the 30% tax ruling if you live 150 km away from the Dutch border.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website www. > About UM > Working at UM.


Employer Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 20,000 students and 4,700 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. For more information, visit www.


Additional information

Further information and applying for this position, please contact Prof Dr Frank Verhaegen by e-mail: or by calling +31-88-4455792, preferably before January 31, 2022.

For an initiation to our research field, please consult the following DOIs: 10.1016/j.radonc.2017.11.016 10.1088/0031-9155/56/12/R0

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