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On this page we publish current offers for diploma and doctoral theses or other positions. Please also ask  Prof. Dr. Marco Durante directly, since there are often short-term vacancies not listed here.


Technische Universität Darmstadt (https://www.physik.tu-darmstadt.de/fbphysik/) works closely with the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (www.gsi.de/biophysik) on simulation of radiation effects in living organisms. In the AG Prof. Marco Durante we offer a

Ph.D. in Physics

in collaboration with CERN and University of Newcastle (UK) to simulate radiation effects in normal and tumor tissues. Current radiation biophysics modelling is limited to the single cell scale. The BioDynaMo project (https://biodynamo.web.cern.ch/) aims at a general platform for computer simulations of biological tissue dynamics, such as brain development. Since these scientific investigations require extensive computer resources, this platform should be executable on hybrid cloud computing systems, allowing for the efficient use of state-of-the-art computing technology. The software has been already used for simulating the impact of drugs on complex tissues, such as then brain.

The student will work on the BioDynaMo platform to include the damage induced by exposure to ionising radiation of different quality (X-rays and charged particles) and to simulate the effects on the tissue levels. Results will be compared to simple 3D in vitro systems such as organotypic tissue slices, that are used in experiments at GSI. The final goal will be to develop a computer routine that can be used to predict normal tissue toxicity and tutor tissue damage by ionising radiation, with applications in radiotherapy and radioprotection.

The student will be employed for 3 years at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and will be attached to the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung. She/he will also frequently work at the University of Newcastle and at CERN.  The research study will lead to a Doctoral Degree in Physics at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. More information on the Ph.D. program at the Technische Universität Darmstadt are available here:


Your qualifications:

- Master degree in Physics or related disciplines
- Excellent competences in C++ programming
- Basic knowledge of tissue biology and radiation biophysics. Experience in modelling radiation effects is an advantage.
- Available for extended business trips to UK and CERN
- Enthusiasm for working in scientific and technical environment as well as a high level of motivation for participation in a common project
- English language fluently spoken and written. Knowledge of German language is an advantage.

Technische Universität Darmstadt supports the vocational development of women. Therefore women are especially encouraged to apply for the position. Persons with disabilities will be preferentially considered when equally qualified.
If you find this position interesting, please send:

- Full CV
- Letter of motivation

in PDF to Prof. Dr. Marco Durante via email at:


Email subject: Ph.D. position/TUD/BioDynamo

Deadline: September 15, 2019