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|Detector development for ion-beam cancer therapy applications||Blake Leverington|
|Our group at the Heidelberg Universität Physikalisches Institute is seeking a physics doctoral candidate to participate in the continuing development of a beam profile monitor for use in proton and ion-therapy beams at cancer treatment facilities, such as the Heidelberg Ion-beam Therapy (HIT) Clinic [J. Inst. 13 P05030]. Developments and measurements are done in cooperation with the Heidelberg Ion-beam Therapy (HIT) clinic on the Im Neuenheimer Feld campus.
The detector system is based on plastic scintillating fibres, and is intended to reduce treatment times with an increased precision compared to the currently aging detector system. Additionally, the system will be tested in environments for future use in parallel with magnetic fields and RF noise from MRI applications.
The topic of the candidate’s project work is flexible, and could include topics covering:
1. Detector hardware and software development, fast peak-finding algorithms, and FPGA programming. The candidate would have a significant impact on the realisation of the detector and its performance.
2. Data analysis, to understand the detector performance and interactions of the particles with the detector.
3. Detector simulation, to understand the production of neutrons and secondary fragments, and comparisons with the detector performance, or study proposed hardware changes.
The candidate will be supported with funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) at the TV-L E13(75%) contract level while participating in the beam profile monitor project.
The doctoral candidate would also have the possibility to divide their activities and also participate in LHCb high energy physics data analysis, on topics including CP-violation, electroweak penguins, hadron spectroscopy and searches for Dark Matter. The candidate also has the opportunity to participate in the HighRR Research Training group, which provides additional courses and seminars for experimental detector research.
Applicants must have a Master’s degree in experimental particle physics or in a related field with relevant physics experience. Applications including a CV, a research statement, and two letters of reference should be sent to:
Dr. Blake Leverington* ( firstname.lastname@example.org),
Prof. Dr. Stephanie Hansmann-Menzemer ( email@example.com ), and
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Uwer ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Applications are accepted until December 15th, 2019, but will remain open until filled. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the email addresses above.
Heidelberg Universität is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from women. Handicapped applicants will be preferentially treated, if equally qualified.
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