Job Offers

Do you want to provide targeted support for patients with us in the fight against cancer while further developing innovative proton therapy? Then consider yourself welcome! As one of the first centres in Germany and Europe, the WPE offers patients all methods of proton therapy in four treatment rooms. In addition, a specially equipped Eye Therapy Unit will operate in close cooperation with the Ophthalmology Unit of the University Hospital Essen.

The WPE is close to the West German Cancer Centre (WTZ) that is connected to the University Hospital Essen, one of the leading thirteen oncological centres in Germany.

Many experienced physicists, doctors, radiographers and other professions are part of our international team whom you can meet here.

To be able to help even more patients, we would like to expand our team. We offer a challenging and interesting area of responsibility, an attractive workplace, a wide range of therapies, an international patient clientele as well as broad opportunities for further training and opportunities for advancement. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Please send your CV and all other relevant documents to:
wpe-jobs@uk-essen.de

Current job offers

  • Consultant proton therapy physician

    As a tertiary care university hospital with around 1,300 beds, our 6,000 staff in 26 medical departments and 23 institutes and specialist centers care for 225,000 patients per year. We provide medical care, state-of-the-art diagnostics and comprehensive treatment to the very highest international standards. Added to this is an extensive range of activities in research and teaching at a level competitive with those anywhere else in the world.

    The Department of Particle Therapy at the West German Proton Therapy Center Essen (WPE) has an immediate vacancy for a full-time

    Consultant proton therapy physician
    (remuneration scale “Ä 3 TV-Ärzte” (physicians) – permanent)

    The classification is dependent upon personal and collective bargaining requirements. As well as the customary activities expected of a consultant, you will be responsible for clinical aspects relating to ​​one or more tumor entities as well as the development of treatment programs and scientific studies within the context of proton therapy.

    The Department of Particle Therapy at the West German Proton Therapy Center Essen (WPE) offers state-of-the-art radiotherapy using protons to combat tumors. The proton therapy system is equipped with three gantries, one fixed beam and one eye treatment station, and is optimized for outpatient, image-guided precision radiotherapy using protons. Clinical/technical refinement is one of WPE’s explicit goals, in addition to expanding the indication range and treatment capacity. Conducting studies is therefore an important part of our overall treatment strategy.

    Recognition as a specialist physician in the field of radiotherapy and a completed doctorate are essential requirements. Applicants should have in-depth knowledge of image-guided precision radiotherapy and / or experience in particle therapy (preferable, but not mandatory). Particle therapy skills may be acquired at the center. An interest in clinical research is expressly preferred. There will be an opportunity for post-doctoral habilitation.

    We treat patients mainly from Germany, but a large percentage also comes from abroad. For this reason, a good command of (at least) English is required; German would be an advantage, but can be learned by taking language tuition offered at the center. For purposes of patient care, a medical practitioner’s license issued under German Medical Association rules is required.

    Secondary employment and part-time working arrangements are governed by the Tertiary Education Part-Time Employment Regulations of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.

    Severely disabled applicants and individuals treated as such under Sect. 2 Para. 3 of the German Social Security Code (Vol. IX) shall be given preference, all else being equal.

    The University of Duisburg-Essen aims to increase the percentage of women in its scientific and academic staff. Applications from females are strongly encouraged. Where suitability, aptitude and professional performance are equal, preference is given to women where reasons prevailing in the person of the competitor do not mitigate otherwise.

    The vacancies offered are essentially also suitable for part-time employees.

    Please submit your detailed application documents within 2 weeks of publication of this advertisement, quoting advertisement number 506, to

    Prof. Dr. Beate Timmermann, Director Department of Particle Therapy

    West German Proton Therapy Center Essen (WPE) University Hospital Essen, Hufelandstraße 55, 45147 Essen, Germany

  • Specialist radiotherapy physician

    As a tertiary care university hospital with around 1,300 beds, our 6,000 staff in 26 medical departments and 23 institutes and specialist centers care for 225,000 patients per year. We provide medical care, state-of-the-art diagnostics and comprehensive treatment to the very highest international standards. Added to this is an extensive range of activities in research and teaching at a level competitive with those anywhere else in the world.

    The Department of Particle Therapy at the West German Proton Therapy Center Essen (WPE) has an immediate vacancy for a full-time

    Specialist radiotherapy physician
    (remuneration scale “Ä 2 TV-Ärzte” (physicians) – permanent)

    Contract of employment will initially be for a fixed term. The term of the contract will be agreed depending on your personal situation and in keeping with the German Scientific & Academic Fixed-Term Employment Contracts Act and the German Part-Time & Fixed-Term Employment Contracts Act.

    The Department of Particle Therapy at the West German Proton Therapy Center Essen (WPE) offers state-of-the-art radiotherapy using protons to combat tumors. The proton therapy system is equipped with three gantries, one fixed beam and one eye treatment station, and is optimized for outpatient, image-guided precision radiotherapy using protons. Clinical/technical refinement is one of WPE’s explicit goals, in addition to expanding the indication range and treatment capacity. Conducting studies is therefore an important part of our overall treatment strategy.

    Recognition as a specialist physician in the field of radiotherapy is an essential requirement. Applicants should have in-depth knowledge of image-guided precision radiotherapy and / or experience in particle therapy (preferable, but not mandatory). Particle therapy skills may be acquired at the center. An interest in clinical research is expressly preferred. There will be an opportunity for doctorate or post-doctoral habilitation.

    We treat patients mainly from Germany, but a large percentage also comes from abroad. For this reason, a good command of (at least) English is required; German would be an advantage, but can be learned by taking language tuition offered at the center. For purposes of patient care, a medical practitioner’s license issued under German Medical Association rules is required.

    Secondary employment and part-time working arrangements are governed by the Tertiary Education Part-Time Employment Regulations of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.

    Severely disabled applicants and individuals treated as such under Sect. 2 Para. 3 of the German Social Security Code (Vol. IX) shall be given preference, all else being equal.

    The University of Duisburg-Essen aims to increase the percentage of women in its scientific and academic staff. Applications from females are strongly encouraged. Where suitability, aptitude and professional performance are equal, preference is given to women where reasons prevailing in the person of the competitor do not mitigate otherwise.

    The vacancies offered are essentially also suitable for part-time employees.

    Please submit your detailed application documents within 2 weeks of publication of this advertisement, quoting advertisement number 505, to

    Prof. Dr. Beate Timmermann, Director Department of Particle Therapy

    West German Proton Therapy Center Essen (WPE) University Hospital Essen, Hufelandstraße 55, 45147 Essen, Germany

  • Assistant physician

    As a tertiary care university hospital with around 1,300 beds, our 6,000 staff in 26 medical departments and 23 institutes and specialist centers care for 225,000 patients per year. We provide medical care, state-of-the-art diagnostics and comprehensive treatment to the very highest international standards. Added to this is an extensive range of activities in research and teaching at a level competitive with those anywhere else in the world.

    The Department of Particle Therapy at the West German Proton Therapy Centre Essen (WPE) has an immediate vacancy for a full-time

    Assistant physician in proton therapy
    (remuneration scale “Ä 1 TV-Ärzte” (physicians) – permanent)

    Contract of employment will initially be for a fixed term. The term of the contract will be agreed depending on your personal situation and in keeping with the German Scientific & Academic Fixed-Term Employment Contracts Act and the German Part-Time & Fixed-Term Employment Contracts Act.

    The Department of Particle Therapy at the West German Proton Therapy Centre Essen (WPE) offers state-of-the-art radiotherapy using protons to combat tumors. The proton therapy system is equipped with three gantries, one fixed beam and one eye treatment station, and is optimized for outpatient, image-guided precision radiotherapy using protons. Clinical/technical refinement is one of WPE’s explicit goals, in addition to expanding the indication range and treatment capacity. Conducting studies is therefore an important part of our overall treatment strategy.

    The approbation as a physician is an essential requirement. Applicants should be interested in radiotherapy and especially in proton therapy. Experiences in radio therapy are preferable, but not mandatory. An interest in clinical research is expressly preferred There will be an opportunity for training to become a specialist radiotherapy physician as well as for doctorate.

    We treat patients mainly from Germany, but a large percentage also comes from abroad. For this reason, a good command of (at least) English is required; German would be an advantage, but can be learned by taking language tuition offered at the centre. For purposes of patient care, a medical practitioner’s license issued under German Medical Association rules is required.

    Secondary employment and part-time working arrangements are governed by the Tertiary Education Part-Time Employment Regulations of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.

    Severely disabled applicants and individuals treated as such under Sect. 2 Para. 3 of the German Social Security Code (Vol. IX) shall be given preference, all else being equal.The University of Duisburg-Essen aims to increase the percentage of women in its scientific and academic staff. Applications from females are strongly encouraged. Where suitability, aptitude and professional performance are equal, preference is given to women where reasons prevailing in the person of the competitor do not mitigate otherwise.

    The vacancy offered is essentially also suitable for a part-time employee. Please submit your detailed application documents within 2 weeks of publication of this advertisement, quoting advertisement number 748, to

    WPE_JOBS@UK-ESSEN.DE

    Prof. Dr. Beate Timmermann, Director Department of Particle Therapy
    West German Proton Therapy Center Essen (WPE) University Hospital Essen, Hufelandstraße 55, 45147 Essen, Germany

  • Research Assistant (PhD position)

    Within the EU-funded Innovative Training Network THERADNET, we are looking to strengthen our team at the West German Proton Therapy Center Essen (WPE) at earliest possible date with an

    Research Assistant (PhD position)

    The 3-year PhD position (ESR6: Impact of radiation quality (photons versus protons) on molecular and cellular responses) is funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) “THERADNET”. The Training Network THERADNET aims to provide a multidisciplinary and intersectorial training to early stage researchers (ESRs) in the field of experimental radiation oncology. THERADNET stands for: “International NETwork for training and innovations in THErapeutic RADiation”.

    Location: West German Proton Therapy Center, Essen, Germany
    Proton beam therapy is increasingly applied in cancer treatment, as it promises to reduce normal tissue damage at critical radiosensitive structures. However, some recent reports point to a potential biological effect of the increased linear energy transfer (LET) of protons at the distal edge of the spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP) in tumor and normal tissue models in vitro and in vivo. So far, potential differences in the biology of induced DNA damage and the resulting cellular responses between irradiation with photons or protons are not well understood. The project will compare the consequences of irradiation with photons and protons at the molecular and cellular level in tumor cells and will explore the consequences of genetic or pharmacologic inhibition of molecular factors involved in DNA repair.

    Our Job:
    Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. med. Beate Timmermann and Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Cläre von Neubeck, you will investigate the DNA damage induction and repair, cell survival and cell signaling of human sarcoma models in response to irradiation with photons and protons. Your project should elucidate if cells with specific defects in the DNA damage response might be more sensitive or resistant to proton irradiation. These results are of clinical relevance! They might help to select patients who benefit from proton or photon therapy and to define rational approaches for combining proton therapy with drugs targeting components of the DNA repair machinery.

    Your tasks in detail:

    • Establishment of a human sarcoma cell panel as 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional cultures
    • Photon and proton irradiations at different positions of the SOBP and increasing LET
    • Correlation of cell survival assays with the mRNA and protein expression levels of the DNA repair machinery
    • Histological validation of involved repair proteins and targeted gene editing (CRISP/cas9) of potentially relevant therapeutic candidates
    • Combined treatment of drugs involved in the regulation or execution of DNA repair and proton or photon irradiation
    • Translation and validation of cell culture results in mouse models

    Your Profile:

    • University degree (Diploma / Master) in biology, biophysics, biochemistry, biotechnology, biomedicine or related fields
    • Mobility and willingness to learn technical skills and conduct experiments at other THERADNET partner sites
    • Experienced in two or more project relevant techniques (see detailed tasks)
    • Good knowledge of cancer biology
    • Preferably experience with animal handling and/or radiobiology
    • Laboratory animal science course according to the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science (FELASA), category B, or equivalent is a plus
    • Good commands in both written and spoken English
    • Applicants must fulfill the “H2020 MSCA Mobility Rule” and the “H2020 MSCA eligibility criteria”

    Our Offer:

    • A contract for the duration of 36 month
    • The salary for this scholarship depends on the EC grant agreement and consists of a number of fixed allowances. The entitlement to the allowance depends on the scholarship holder’s personal circumstances.
    • The THERADNET consortium offers: a team of > 25 international researchers, continuous mentoring by three scientific advisors, 2-3 international secondments at the other THERADNET institutions, a specifically designed training program

    We look forward to receiving your application in English or German quoting the reference number Theradnet ESR6. Please use the application form provided on the euraxess homepage and send it to us.

    Further information:
    via E-Mail
    www.wpe-uk.de