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PhD project

FLASH - Optimizing the Biological Benefit to Improve Radiotherapy (readvertisement)

Aarhus University is inviting for applications for a 3-year research PhD position within experimental radiobiology for enrollment in the PhD program at The Graduate School of health, Aarhus University in Denmark.

Project description 

The research project for the position falls within the topic of radiobiology for proton therapy, and will be supervised by Professors Brita Singers Sørensen and Per Poulsen.

The project is funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark, and concerns investigations of the differential biological effects of FLASH irradiation compared to conventional proton radiation. The difference in biologic effect will be analyzed in in vivo models with emphasis on mouse models of normal tissue effects. The projects is based on at the Danish Centre for Particle Therapy (DCPT) with a major part of the experimental work to be carried out at the Department of Experimental Clinical Oncology, Aarhus University Hospital. The project aims to contribute to knowledge that can translate to patients to be treated with proton therapy at DCPT.

The PhD program includes PhD courses (in total app. ½ year), writing scientific articles and the PhD thesis, teaching and disseminating your research, active participation in scientific meetings etc. Further details on the PhD program can be found here: http://phd.health.au.dk/doingaphd/

The project will take place in the experimental particle radiobiology research group of Professor Brita Singers Sørensen at Aarhus University. The research group is embedded in the joint oncology research environment at Aarhus University Hospital, at the Danish Center for Particle Therapy and Department Experimental Clinical Oncology. The research environment is well-established and of highest international standard, with research activities in radiation oncology bridging translational and clinical research. More than 30 PhD students and postdocs and more than 10 senior full-time researchers are working in this inspiring environment.

Aarhus University has a PhD program in clinical medicine at Faculty of Health.     


The applicant must have:

  • Master degree in biology, engineering, molecular biology or physics
  • Fluency in English (oral and written)
  • Analytical skills and ability to work independently on a project basis
  • Research interests and ambitions for excellence in radiobiology
  • Prior experience with experimental animals will be an advantage    

How to apply

Please submit your application via this link. Application deadline is 15 October 2021 23:59 CET.

For information about application requirements and mandatory attachments, please see our application guide 

Further information

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Brita Singers Sørensen, Bsin@oncology.au.dk 

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Salary and terms of employment are in accordance with applicable collective agreement.