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Philips PhD student AdapTT: Computational efficient 3D energy-tissue interaction models for thermal treatment modalities in prostate cancer care

Application deadline 28-02-2016


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28-02-2016 (For Past)


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Your challenge

AdapTT is an interdisciplinary training and research project which brings together insights of different disciplines to enable the development of quality assurance tools in thermal ablation applications in prostate cancer care. The developed technology will provide the clinician a first time right approach real time, while executing minimally invasive thermal treatments.
Insights on molecular, cellular and biophysical level will be leveraged to understand the impact of temperature on human cells to induce cancer cell sterilization taking into account the specific cancer and healthy tissue properties.
With best-in-class multi- and biophysical modelling, these insights will be combined in a predictive therapy planning tool for guidance of thermal ablations in Oncology.

This post is part of an EU Marie Curie initial training network (EID), with Philips Research and UniKlinik RWTH Aachen as partners. You will be enrolled in a 3 year doctoral program at the AICES Graduate School of RWTH Aachen University.
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Your responsibilities

You will work in a team with two more doctoral candidates on your own individual project:
“Computational efficient 3D energy-tissue interaction model and solver development for thermal treatment modalities (e.g. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)) in prostate cancer care”
Key research objectives:
  • Development of numerical models for coupled biophysics problems, able of predicting the temperature distribution in a prostate, as a result of energy distribution from different treatment modality probes / devices (HIFU, microwave, laser, RF);
  • Optimize numerical solvers enabling fast computation times (e.g. finite difference frequency domain solver);
  • Create modelling platform suitable to be integrated in clinical SW platforms used in planning treatment (imaging input, results visualization, various treatment modalities);
  • Validate models against available test results.
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Your team

Philips Research is a global organization that helps Philips to introduce meaningful innovations that improve people’s lives. We provide technology options for innovations in the area of health and well-being, targeted at both developed and emerging markets. Positioned at the front-end of the innovation process, we work on everything from spotting trends and ideation to proof of concept and – where needed – first-of-a-kind product development. 

University Clinic RWTH Aachen, Radiology department, headed by Prof. Dr. med. Kuhl, is internationally recognized as leading hospital driving and providing directions in the area of (prostate) cancer research.The benefits of joint working across industry and academia include an exceptional cross-sector personal development, innovative training plan (boot camps), team-work of industry and academic supervisors.
The Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science, or AICES Graduate School, is a cooperation of more than 25 institutes from 8 research groups within RWTH Aachen University. The institute offers an innovative doctoral program which enables master degree graduates a short and attractive road towards promotion.
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Our offer

We offer you a 3 year doctoral position and welcome you to a challenging, innovative environment with great opportunities for you to explore. Our benefits are very competitive and designed around your preferences:
  • A year salary (fulltime) which is determined by EU directives for Marie Curie candidates;
  • 25 days of leave and the possibility to purchase up to 20 extra days off annually;
  • Extensive set of tools to drive your career, such as a personal development budget, free training and coaching;
  • Solid company pension scheme and attractive collective health insurance package;
  • Opportunity to buy Philips shares and products with discount;
  • Healthy work-life balance.
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We are looking for

To be successful in this role:
  • You have a M.Sc. degree in applied physics, numerical mathematics, (computational) biophysics, or related discipline;
  • You have knowledge of numerical solvers, FEM modelling techniques, (bio)physics modelling;
  • Knowledge of C++ is a plus;
  • You are ambitious to create a breakthrough in understanding focal therapy for prostate cancer treatment;
  • You are ambitious to create new applications for thermal therapy in (prostate) cancer care;
  • You are enthusiastic about pursuing your research career in a project with an industrial partner;
  • You have experience with carrying out an individual research project in a multidisciplinary and international team is a plus;
  • You are a team player.
Before applying please read the Marie Curie Fellowship conditions below:
The Marie Curie Fellowship is directed at European organizations in need of developing new areas of competence. The Marie Curie funding is available for researchers that move, both within Europe and globally.
The following criteria apply:
  • Applicants must be, at the time of recruitment by the host organization, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged;
  • Please be aware that for this position travelling is involved and working at the following two locations is required: Philips Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. The early stage researcher will be working at least 18 months at Philips and up to 18 months at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
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Recruitment Process

Please upload your resume and motivation letter through the Philips career site. After a pre-selection process based on your CV (CV screening will start after the closing date) you will be invited for face-to-face recruitment- and business interviews. 

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This position is based at Philips Research Eindhoven, The Netherlands with secondment to UniKlinik RWTH Aachen and AICES Graduate School, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.
When you currently reside or have resided or carried out your main activities in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the start of the appointment you will be based at UniKlinik RWTH Aachen with secondment to Philips Research Eindhoven.  

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