Heidelberg University Medical Center, Heidelberg/Germany

The Heidelberg TLRC Imaging Platform is the framework of chest radiology research at the Heidelberg campus. Our mission is to conduct state-of-the-art chest radiology research for the whole range of preclinical and translational studies as well as clinical trials. TLRC is member of the platform “Imaging” of the German Center of Lung Research (DZL) to ensure scientific exchange and access to cutting-edge imaging technologies in research. More than twenty TLRC-researchers coming from different fields, such as radiology, medical physics (CT, MRI), medical informatics, nuclear medicine, public health, are involved in projects focused on four main areas: airway disease, lung cancer, inflammation/infection and pulmonary vascular disease.

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During 2021/2022 one place will be available for a recently board-certified European radiologist, who is a full member of ESR. Applicants can apply either for a research or clinical fellowship mainly depending on their skills in the German language.



1. This exchange programme applies to radiologists within the first three years after certification being younger than age 36.
2. The candidate should pursue a subspecialisation in chest radiology.
3. The candidate should have excellent knowledge of chest anatomy as well as basic skills in image interpretation of the chest.
4. The candidate should have basic skills in medical database handling and an interest or basic skills in scientific presentations and publications.
5. If the respective academic requirements are met, the degree “Dr. med.” or “Dr. sc. hum.” can be obtained.
6. The successful candidate will have to make himself/herself available for an interview via Skype.
7. ESR membership fee for 2020 or 2021 must be settled by the candidate.

Additional eligibility criteria for the research fellowship:
Advanced knowledge of the English and basic knowledge of the German language are required.

Additional eligibility criteria for the clinical fellowship:
Advanced knowledge of the English and the German language (level C1) are required.

Please note that each candidate can only apply for one ESOR fellowship programme and one topic at a time.



The fellowship will start in autumn 2021 (exact date to be determined together with candidate) and will last for 12 months. The fellow has to ensure his/her availability for the exact period stated as any postponement is not possible. The fellow will receive a grant (€23.000,-) from the training centre, which will be paid out via ESOR on a monthly basis.



The ESOR fellow will be assigned to a single or a set of projects from in the area of airway disease, lung cancer, inflammation/infection and/or pulmonary vascular disease. The following radiological modalities might be used: CT, incl. dual energy, and Spectral-CT, MRI, small animal imaging, incl. micro-CT, PET/CT, PET/MRI. Activities of the fellowship might include study design, regulatory requirements, study initialization, recruitment, informed consent, scanning, image analysis, correlation with clinical and laboratory/pathology or biobank data, statistical evaluation, writing abstracts and papers, presentation at scientific meetings. The clinical fellowship will also include clinical reporting of CXR, CT and MRI in a dedicated chest clinic.

A detailed personalised programme is mutually agreed at the beginning of the fellowship between the fellow and supervisors.



After successful completion of the one-year training and the submission of a written report about research activities performed during the 12 months, the fellow receives a certificate from ESR/ESOR and Heidelberg University Medical Center. In order to receive this, the fellow must present a written report about his/her work and activities during the programme.