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The Research Unit for Oncology at SDU’s Department of Clinical Research would like to invite highly qualified graduates from all over the world to apply for this Ph.D. position within the interdisciplinary field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and radiotherapy. The Ph.D. student will be based at Odense University Hospital (OUH) starting as soon as possible in the first quarter of 2022. The project is supported by the Danish Cancer Society.

Research environment
The successful candidate’s office will be in the Laboratory of Radiation Physics, Department of Oncology at OUH. She/he will work in a multi-disciplinary environment with medical physicists, MRI scientists, medical doctors and specialized radiotherapy staff.

The department has an active research environment, with Ph.D. students, associate professors and full professors. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with other OUH departments, and external collaborators, Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) and Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

Project description
Odense University Hospital (OUH) was among the first institutes worldwide to treat cancer patients with the recently released high field hybrid MRI linear accelerator (MR-linac), and is currently the only hospital in Denmark to offer this specific state-of-the-art radiotherapy option. The MR-linac allows superior anatomical image guidance during radiotherapy, and gives for the first time, an opportunity for daily image based biological tailoring of radiotherapy.

The overall aim of this project is to investigate the so-called Time Dependent Diffusion MRI (TDD-MRI) as a non-invasive method for biological individualization of radiotherapy through sophisticated cellular characterization of the tumour. In this project, we will implement, as the first in the world, TDD-MRI on the MR-linac, and investigate its clinical potential in two different cancer diagnoses.

The successful candidate will hold a master’s degree in physics, engineering or related fields. Candidates with a master’s degree or certification in medical physics within radiotherapy will be considered to have a strong background. Prior knowledge of MRI is necessary, as well as programming skills (e.g. Matlab, python).

Contact information
For further information about the project, please contact:

Associate professor, Ph.D., Faisal Mahmood,
Department of Oncology, Odense University Hospital

Tel. +45 26282837   E-mail:

Applications must include:
• At letter stating the interest, motivation and qualifications for the project (max. 2 pages) - upload under “Application form”
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information
• Certified copy of diploma (Master’s degree in a relevant field)

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online".

Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

Closing date 5 November, 2021
Successful candidates will be asked to send an application to the PhD Secretariat, Faculty of Health Sciences, to be enrolled as PhD students.

The PhD programme will be carried out in accordance with Faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order)

The terms of employment as a salaried PhD Research Fellow are stated in the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


Send application
Deadline 2021-Nov-05

You can apply for the job at Faculty of Health Sciences by completing the application form