Imperial College London and The Institut Curie-CNRS in Orsay have established two joint postgraduate student positions to enhance the emerging collaboration between the two institutes in the development of new approaches to radiotherapy and the understanding of the micro-biophysical processes that determine the response of living tissue to ionising radiation.

One of the posts will be hosted by Imperial's Centre for the Clinical Application of Particles (the CCAP), the second will be hosted by the Institut Curie-CNRS's New Approaches in Radiotherapy research team. The successful applicants will be expected to spend approximately equal amounts of time in London and Orsay (25 km south of Paris). The graduate students will contribute to the joint CCAP-CI programme which encompasses the:

  • Creation of a searchable online database containing all relevant data on the radiobiological impact of ionising radiation on tissue;
  • Development of fast, detailed simulations of the micro-biophysical processes that underpin the radiobiological effect of ionising radiation;
  • Exploitation of the searchable online data base to validate the radiobiological simulation; and
  • Use the validated simulation code to optimise the design of LhARA, the Laser-hybrid Accelerator for Radiobiological Applications.

The appointees will be expected to hold an appropriate first degree in biology, physics, bio-medical physics or a relevant related field. Experience in programming and Monte Carlo simulations will be an asset.

The student appointed to Imperial College London will receive a scholarship which for all EU students will cover tuition fees and a stipend starting at £17,285 per year. The scholarship does not cover fees for non-EU nationals; however, the College provides a variety of opportunities to secure additional support. Imperial's Postgraduate Prospectus contains general information about admissions requirements, the application procedure, fees and scholarships, College facilities, accommodation, etc. Applications should be submitted through Imperial's online portal with a covering letter sent to HEP-Admissions-Panel@imperial.ac.uk.

The student appointed to the Institut Curie-CNRS will get a contract with a gross salary of 25620 € per year. Applications (including CV, motivation letter and the contact details of two referees) should be submitted through CNRS's online portal, offer number “Nouvelles approches en radiothérapie "H/F" UMR3347-YOLPRE-002” (https://bit.ly/34h1tc5).

Recruitment will be for the appointment to start in October 2020 and the duration of the PhD programme will be three years. Further information can be obtained from Ken Long (k.long@imperial.ac.uk) at Imperial College London and Yolanda Prezado (Yolanda.Prezado@Curie.Fr) at  The Institut Curie. Alternatively, please contact Ms Paula Brown, Tel.: +44 20 7594 7823, paula.brown@Imperial.ac.uk at Imperial College London or Mrs Veronique Piveux, +33 169 86 30 76, Veronique.Piveux@curie.fr at Institut Curie.

The closing date for applications is 12th June 2020. Interviews will take place in London or Paris as appropriate.