Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Medical Physics

About the position

We have a vacancy for a 100% position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the project “CURIE – Cancer imaging by functional magnetic resonance for
Radiotherapy Individualization and Evaluation” funded by the Norwegian Cancer Society, where we aim to develop a novel diagnostic and therapeutic framework for non-invasive personalized cancer medicine. The position is affiliated with an expanding research group in medical imaging and radiotherapy at the Department of Physics, NTNU and in close collaboration with St. Olavs hospital. The appointment has a duration of 3 years, but with possibility for up to one-year extension with teaching.

The position is organized in the Department of Physics. Our research spans a broad spectrum of natural sciences and technology. The Department is currently expanding and has activity in astroparticle physics, solid state physics, material physics, soft and complex matter physics, biopolymer physics, medical physics, statistical physics, optics, atmospheric physics and university didactics. The Department recruits the best physics students in Norway and also offers a large number of courses in physics for other study programmes at NTNU. Research staff at the Department makes a special effort to increase the awareness and understanding of the importance and impact of physics in our society. Further information about the Department can be found at

Living in Trondheim:
Trondheim is situated by the Trondheim fjord in the middle of Norway. It is the third largest city in Norway but still small by European standards. It is known for having the atmosphere both of a small and a large city and is famous for its student friendly environment. In all seasons Trondheim is an ideal place for those interested in outdoor life, whether your interest is by the sea or in the fjords, in the forest or in the high mountains. Trondheim is also a nice place to raise children. So, why not grasp this opportunity to boost your personal and professional life?

The position reports to Associate Professor Kathrine Røe Redalen ( or +47 92437646).

Job description

  • The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work in the multidisciplinary field of medical imaging and radiotherapy of cancer, where the Fellow will join a research group working with quantitative and functional imaging (magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET)), both to provide predictive/prognostic biomarkers of radiotherapy outcome to be used in personalised cancer treatment, but also to use such image information in further developments within image-guided adaptive radiotherapy.
  • The Fellow will in particular work within the expanding field of MRI in radiotherapy, with main tasks involving advanced, quantitative analysis of functional MRI in rectal cancer and head & neck cancer. In addition, competence and experience within machine learning algorithms, statistical prediction modelling and/or radiobiological modelling (of tumor control probability / normal tissue complication probability) will be positively weighted in the evaluation.
  • The Postdoctoral Fellow will become an important member in an expanding research group in the multidisciplinary field of medical imaging and radiotherapy in cancer treatment, and the candidate’s personal and communicative skills will therefore be emphasized. The workplace is at Department of Physics, NTNU, but will involve collaboration with St. Olavs Hospital as well as with established national and international partners.
  • The candidate will work in an active multidisciplinary research environment with high scientific standards. We are offering training, continuous supervision and opportunities for participation at national and international courses and congresses. Postdoctoral Fellows at our Department will also receive support for developing a personal career plan, including for instance relevant courses and training in grant writing. Fellows will also be given an opportunity to extend their employment with up to 1 year based on teaching bachelor and/or master courses at our Department.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral fellow:

The required qualifications are:

  • A university degree (Master of Science or equivalent) and PhD in physics, primarily with specialization in medical physics, radiation physics or biophysics. In addition, candidates with degrees in machine learning, bioinformatics or equivalent will be considered. Candidates expecting to complete their PhD before August 1, 2019 may also apply.
  • Excellent personal and communicative skills; the project will require ability to both work independently and to interact with other PhD candidates, students, experienced scientists, medical physicists as well as medical doctors from different specialties (e.g., oncologists, surgeons, radiologists)
  • Fluent English language, both written and spoken
  • Strong motivation, scientific creativity and enthusiasm for research, high working and implementation capacity

Personal characteristics

In addition, one or several of the following qualifications / skills are desired and will be weighted in the evaluation process:

  • Relevant clinical or research experience with MRI-based radiotherapy and/or quantitative MRI
  • Experience with translational work towards biology, oncology and radiotherapy
  • Fluent Scandinavian language (due to interaction with students and various personnel at the hospital) Strong skills in programming, medical image analysis and/or image-guided radiotherapy simulations in Matlab or similar software
  • Strong skills in machine learning algorithms / informatics / prediction modelling
  • Strong skills in radiobiological modelling (of tumor control probability / normal tissue complication probability)

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years, with a possibility for up to 1-year extension. It is expected that the Fellow can start in the position within September 2019.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. Norway has generous rules for both maternity and paternity leave. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life ( Having a population of 200.000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards with low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with mountains and a dramatic coastline.

The application should contain:

  • CV
  • Reference letters
  • Certificates from Master and PhD degrees
  • List of publications or other scientific work
  • Statement on research interests (maximum three pages)
  • Documentation of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) if English or a Scandinavian language is not the applicant’s mother tongue
  • If relevant, a list of projects you have supervised or been project managager for, with information on funding agency, years of duration and the funds received.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 20/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 10.04.2019

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Post expires on Wednesday April 10th, 2019