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Master Internships (6 ECTS): Development of Proton Beam QA Systems

We offer two master internships at the Department of Medical Physics (LS Parodi), participating and conducting research in the exciting and novel field of detector development for pre-clinical proton irradiation.

Design of a proton beam quality assurance system for pre-clinical research
(five weeks full time, 6 ECTS credits)

We are developing a portable system for pre-clinical proton irradiation of small animals in the context of oncological research. A dedicated beam line is under construction, decreasing the beam energy and focusing the beam to adapt it to the small size of the future patients.
Prior to each irradiation, the beam quality with respect to energy, position, energy resolution and rate needs to be measured and confirmed. For this purpose, a detector system based on ionization chambers, movable with high precision in a water tank, is under development.
During the internship you will learn, how to use up-to-date CAD software and how to apply it to design the quality assurance detector system. Special focus is put on the technical realizability, including interaction with our mechanical workshop, the precision and reliability. You will furthermore design and assemble prototypes of the ionization chambers and characterize them in our cleanroom and our laboratory facilities.
A strong interest in hands-on experiments and a high level of creativity are required. You will learn, how to use CAD software, how to acquire real detector data and how to analyze the data using the framework ROOT. A very close supervision is supporting and guiding you.

Development of a high-resolution proton beam profiler, based on optically read out Micromegas detectors
(five weeks full time, 6 ECTS credits)

We are developing a demonstrator of a portable system for pre-clinical proton irradiation of small animals for oncological research. A dedicated beam line is under construction, decreasing the beam energy and focusing the beam to adapt it to the small size of the future patients.
In order to understand the behavior and performance of the beam line, a high-resolution proton beam-profiling detector is under development. It is based on the optical readout of a novel micro-pattern gaseous detector. The visible light, produced during the signal generation process, is detected with a high-resolution CMOS camera, giving superior spatial resolution.
Your task is to assemble the prototype in our cleanroom and characterize it in our laboratory facilities.
A strong interest in hands-on experiments and detector development is required. You will learn, how to use CAD software for detector design, how to clean, assemble and operate a particle detector in the cleanroom and how to acquire real detector data. A very close supervision is supporting and guiding you.

 

For each of the two projects a duration of five weeks full time is foreseen, corresponding to 6 ECTS credits (modules P 6.0.7 and P 7.0.7.). At the end of the internship, a scientific report (20 to 30 pages) needs to be handed in, describing the research and the results of the work. The internship can be done as a single block (5 weeks, 5 days per week, 8h per day) or extended over the semester (e.g. two days per week for 12 weeks). Optionally the projects can be split into 2.5 weeks blocks, with a scientific report of 10 to 15 pages, then giving 3 ECTS credits.

For further information or to sign up, please contact:

Dr. Jona Bortfeldt

or

Prof. Dr. Katia Parodi