Scientist for project KRANOS: K40 Radiation for Advanced Neuroimaging of Stroke

German Electron Synchrotron (DESY)

Zeuthen, Berlin, Germany

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Scientific / postdoctoral posts

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DESY is one of the world’s leading research centres for photon science, particle and astroparticle physics as well as accelerator physics. More than 2400 employees work at our two locations Hamburg and Zeuthen in science, technology and administration.

Among the afflictions that a human brain can suffer, stroke and traumatic brain injuries list among the most severe, both for fatality and long-term implications for survivors. To date diagnostic systems are expensive and can accurately identify strokes only some time after symptoms onset. This research project, which is financed by the DESY Generator program (DGP), aims to develop a novel, completely non-invasive highly-portable low-cost brain damage detection system based on the detection of the potassium distribution in the brain.The purpose of the DGP-program is to help DESY technologies with high application potential achieving developmental milestones and advancing to the marketplace.

The position

Geant-4 and C++ based software development of prototype simulations of the detectorMonte Carlo simulation implementation of the whole setup, creation of simplified setups to emulate brain potassium emission (e.g. from existing MRI literature)Detector design development (geometry, hardware components, cost-effectiveness)Algorithms development for imaging reconstructionStrategy and conceptional work for the transfer of the technology to the market


Ph.D. in physics or medical physics or equivalent qualificationRelevant research experience in medical physics or particles physics or fields related to the detection of low-energy gamma raysVery good knowledge of C++ and montecarlo simulation methods, Geant-4 knowledge is an advantageGood understanding of particle detectors systems and in particular of the physics of low-energy gamma raysGood skills in data analysis are an advantageldeally, experience in interdisciplinary work and cooperation with scientific or industrial partnersStrong motivation, excellent research independenceGood communication skills and knowledge of English

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organisations in Germany. Classification is based upon qualifications and assigned duties. Handicapped persons will be given preference to other equally qualified applicants. DESY operates flexible work schemes. DESY is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women. Vacant positions at DESY are in general open to part-time-work. During each application procedure DESY will assess whether the post can be filled with part-time employees.

Please send your application quoting the reference code APMA027/2019, also by E-Mail toDeutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY Human Resources Department | Code: APMA027/2019 Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg | 22607 Hamburg Germany Phone: +49 40 8998-3392 Deadline for applications:

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Quote Reference: APMA027/2019