PhD Research Fellowship – Department of Oncology and Medical Physics, Haukeland University Hospital

​Department of Oncology and Medical Physics is the main regional cancer clinic of Western Norway. We are responsible for most forms of advanced non-surgical cancer treatments in Helse Vest RHF (Rogaland, Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane counties). In addition to patient care we also develop and implement new treatment strategies. We currently have a vacant 3-year PhD position. The PhD position is linked to the project «Establishing a framework for interdiciplinary clinical particle therapy research at Haukeland University Hospital», with funding from Bergen Research Fundation (BFS). The main objective is to develop and implement models, strategies and technology to offer improved radiation treatment with modern photon- and particle therapy. Particle therapy is a modality for treatment of cancer that is under planning in Norway with tentative start up for treatment of patients from 2024. The candidate is expected to contribute in development of methods to account for organ motion in radiotherapy of the pelvis, testing of the developed methods and publication of results. Bayesian statistics, deformable registration, principal component analysis and independent component analysis are key methods.

The fellowship is for a period of 3 years. The candidate will be employed at Department of Oncology and Medical Physics, Haukeland University Hospital and will have to apply for admission to the doctoral education at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Bergen. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD Degree.

Qualification Requirements
• Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent in mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics or bioinformatics. If the original is not in English or Scandinavian language, a review from NOKUT (or documentation that NOKUT has received your application) is required to ensure the level and scope in relation to a Norwegian master’s degree.
• Documented programming skills in Python, C++, C#, R or equivalent. 
• Fluent in oral and written English and/or Norwegian
• Highly motivated and ability to work independently
• Interest in clinical applications

The following are considered advantageous
• Familiarity with relevant methods (Bayesian statistics, principal component analysis, independent component analysis, statistical organ motion modeling, deformable registration)
• Experience with science communication
• Experience from translational research

We offer
• Professional development in an interdisciplinary academic environment
• A local network supporting the clinical implementation of developed methods
• Possibilities of collaboration with well-established groups in the field of radiotherapy
• Salary on appointment
• Pension scheme in KLP

Application can be submitted before 25th of November 2018 via the official announcement (in Norwegian):

The application must include
• Letter of application, 1-2 pages, explaining your research interests and the motivation for applying
• Curriculum Vitae (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
• Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the master's degrees.
• A list of academic publications
• Academic publications that you want to submit for assessment (including your master’s thesis or equivalent)
• Names and contact details of at least two references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).

Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant's academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be invited for an interview.

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