Technical R&D beam line manager

Full time 36 hours | Master/PhD

Do you have good organisational skills to manage the research use of our proton beam line and experiments done by internal and external researchers? Do you enjoy managing a small team of enthusiastic technicians and like to participate in scientific projects and conduct experiments? Then we have an interesting position for you. 

As technical manager, you will manage the beam line team with 2 technicians, work closely together with the beam line scientist, and facilitate the proton beam line research activities at different levels. You have a combination of organisational and technical tasks, on average in a 50/50 balance with peaks along the year. Your main management goal is to create a sustainable user facility for all R&D beam line activities. This includes the supervision of the physics and the biology technicians, the responsibility for the laboratory area, the organization and structuring of the R&D beam time capacity planning, user management together with the Research Office, and the responsibility for the annual budgeting and planning for the beam line team. In addition, you also have an important technical role within the beam line team. You closely collaborate with the beam line scientist and researchers on scientific projects, you provide support and partnership to the beam line scientist for implementation of new infrastructure in the R&D bunker, and you manage and support experiments in periods of high demands.

Where will you be working?

HollandPTC is an independent outpatient clinic for proton therapy in Delft. The centre employs about 85 permanent staff who work in the fields of healthcare, physics, research and development, and operations management. Furthermore, HollandPTC has clinical physicians, physicists and researchers who also work for other institutes or organisations. Together we serve the needs of our patients and we conduct research. The centre has 2 proton gantries with in-room CT imaging and a treatment room for the irradiation of eye tumors. We also have cutting-edge imaging equipment, including a dual-energy CT, a 3T MRI and a PET/CT.

R&D at HollandPTC

In addition to our clinical facilities, we have a unique R&D beam line bunker for non-clinical research with the proton beam. We also have several laboratories in which we primarily carry out preparatory work for experiments with the beamline. Interested researchers from inside and outside the HollandPTC R&D consortium visit our facility to perform proton radiation experiments for different applications, ranging from advanced technology and fundamental physics to radiobiology in vitro and in vitro. The beam line team of the R&D department is responsible for operating the beam line, management of the laboratories, and collaboration with internal and external researchers in the design and execution of beam line experiments.

The R&D department

The R&D department has 11 colleagues divided over 4 teams. You join the beam line team which has a beamline scientist, a physics technician and a biology technician. External researchers and students are daily present in the department. We expect to host around 50 PhD students over the coming 5 years.

Your tasks

  • Organise the beam time planning and the planning for the use of the laboratories together with the beam line scientist and the technicians.
  • Manage internal and external users of the beam line and the laboratories together with the Research Office.
  • Supervise the 2 technicians.
  • Prepare the annual budget and planning for the laboratories and bunker together with the beam line scientist.
  • Collaborate with the beam line scientist and internal and external researchers in scientific projects.
  • Be a sparring partner for the beam line scientist on infrastructure optimisation and growth.
  • Support the beam line scientist to organize big experimental campaigns requiring extra organisational support.
  • Independently conduct experiments in periods of high demand for R&D beam time.

You are part of the beam line team and report to the Director of Research & Education. You work closely with colleagues from the Research Office to efficiently organise the user facility and check beam time capacity, and with different departments for proper embedding of the R&D beam line activities within HollandPTC to create a robust and sustainable infrastructure.

Qualifications and skills

You have:

  • a Master or PhD degree in a relevant domain
  • at least 3 to 5 years of relevant management and technical experience in a research environment
  • a valid radiation protection degree
  • leadership and team-building skills, a hands-on mentality and a good level of organisational sensitivity
  • strong communication skills and you are fluent in English both verbally and in writing. The working language in the R&D department is English. Understanding Dutch is a preference.

You are flexible and do not mind working occasionally in the evenings, nights or at weekends when needed.

Terms of employment

The position is for 36 hours a week for one year, after which it may be converted to a permanent contract. The Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch University Medical Centers (cao UMC) applies; depending on education and experience, the maximum monthly salary is €5.483,- (scale 11, based on full-time employment). You receive an additional 8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus and a commuter allowance of €0.19 per kilometer. You may also need to work occasionally in the evenings, nights and at weekends if necessary.

We require all new employees to provide us with a Certificate of Conduct (VOG). We will check your references as part of our selection procedure.

Application

For more information about this position, please contact Marta Rovituso, beam line scientist, at m.rovituso@hollandptc.nl, or Ellen Schenk, Director of Research & Education, at e.schenk@hollandptc.nl or call 088 501 8800. Please send your CV and cover letter in English to Ellen Schenk at recruitment@hollandptc.nl by 7 June 2022, referencing “Technical R&D beam line manager vacancy”. Do not delay sending your application. If we receive applications from suitable candidates before the closing date, we will start the job selection procedure and may close the vacancy.

The vacancy is open to both internal and external candidates. If you have an equivalent level of qualifications, we will give preference to an internal candidate.