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PhD student PET-Boost Trial analysis

Your function within the department

Radiotherapy is a treatment modality of cancer where patients receive a high radiation dose localized to the tumor, while minimizing the exposure of surrounding normal tissue. Traditionally a homogeneous dose is prescribed to the tumor. Tumors, however, are heterogeneous and therefore a heterogeneous dose to the tumor might improve treatment outcome. Biological imaging such as FDG-PET can be used to visualize tumor heterogeneity and design radiation treatment plans that target radio-resistant parts of the tumor. In the recently completed randomized PET-Boost trial (NCT01024829),  a homogeneous dose to the tumor was compared to a heterogeneous dose boost to FDG avid region in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer radiotherapy. The goal of this project is to analyze the outcome of the PET-Boost trial. We are therefore looking for a motivated PhD student.

Your profile

We are looking for an ambitious and talented PhD student with a passion for medical imaging. You hold a Master’s degree in medicine or technical medicine, have experience with statistical analyses and are fluent in English and have good communicative skills. Experience with radiation oncology is recommended.

Your career opportunities and terms of employment

You will have the opportunity to follow high-quality courses offered by the OOA oncology graduate school and the AMC graduate school throughout your PhD. Your temporary employment will be for a period of four years. The gross salary per month will be from € 2.665 to € 3.282 according to the standard PhD scales. The terms of employment will be in accordance with the CAO Ziekenhuizen (Collective Labour Agreement for Hospitals) and can be consulted at


For further information about the position, please contact dr. Jose Belderbos, department of radiation oncology, tel. +31 20 512 2125 or
Applications can be submitted through the link below, and should include your CV, a motivation letter, and the contact information of your references.