Mentorship Programme

ICRP has established a mentorship programme to engage university students and early-career professionals and scientists as mentees in ICRP Task Groups with the guidance of an ICRP member as mentor.

Mentees may come from educational, governmental, private, or any other organisation. This is a part-time voluntary arrangement, with mentees continuing to work at their home organisation most of the time. There is no fee, but the mentee’s home organisation bears any costs associated with the mentorship.

While mentees are encouraged to engage fully in the work of the Task Group, they are assigned specific roles or tasks, defined in advance. Ideally the mentee will have an opportunity to participate directly in a meeting of the Task Group, and/or the possibility of working with the mentor at their institute. The assignment is for a pre-set period, typically one year with possibility of renewal. During this time, the mentee will be a member of the Task Group.

The mentor, normally a member of the Task Group, is responsible for providing guidance and support to the mentee, including discussing and reviewing the tasks assigned.

At the end of the mentorship period the mentor and the mentee each submit a brief confidential report which will be used to progressively improve the mentorship programme.


Mentorship Opportunities

Task Group Potential Mentor(s) Task(s) / Role Application Deadline
Task Group 119 Effects of Ionising Radiation on Diseases of the Circulatory System and their Consideration in the System of Radiological Protection

William Small Jr

Literature review relating to the risks of radiation-induced cardiovascular diseases associated high dose radiation. The candidate should ideally be a radiation oncologist or medical physicist familiar with therapeutic radiation and the dosimetry of cardiac radiation exposure.

29 July 2022
Task Group 119 Effects of Ionising Radiation on Diseases of the Circulatory System and their Consideration in the System of Radiological Protection

Nobuyuki Hamada

Literature review relating to biological mechanisms of radiation-induced cardiovascular diseases. The candidate should be familiar with ICRP Publication 118, and have knowledge in radiation effects (in particular on the circulatory system) and interest in radiation protection.

22 July 2022
Task Group 113 Reference Organ and Effective Dose Coefficients for Common Diagnostic X-ray Imaging Examinations

Wesley E. Bolch

David Borrego

To assist the task group in developing ICRP reference dose coefficients for common pediatric diagnostic fluoroscopic examinations.

The tasks that the mentee would be asked to carry out in the successive phases of the project are:

Generate input files for a general-purpose Monte Carlo radiation transport code based on geometry and technique factors common to pediatric diagnostic fluoroscopic examinations.

Submit and monitor jobs on a high-performance computing center using the Slurm workload manager.

Quality assurance of output files and generate reports tabulating dose coefficients for effective dose and organ absorbed doses.

CLOSED
Task Group 111 Factors Governing the Individual Response of Humans to Ionising Radiation Nobuyuki Hamada

Literature review relating to circulatory system biology with a focus on variation in radiation response. It is envisaged that this will involve searching of relevant literature databases (eg PubMed, Web of Science), evaluating papers against criteria for relevance and quality, and drafting a review paper for publication in the open literature on the basis of the findings.  

CLOSED


Applying for a Mentorship Opportunity

If you are interested a Mentorship Opportunity listed above, please submit your application online using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/icrpmentorshipapplication. You will need to submit, in English and in pdf format:

  • Letter of interest from you
  • Your CV
  • Letter of support from your organisation indicating that they support your application to the mentorship programme, and, optionally, whether they would financially support your travel related to the mentee placement, e.g. participation in a Task Group meeting or working with your mentor at their institute for a short period (travel support is not a requirement, but would enhance the experience)

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged within one week of receiving it.

Candidates will normally be selected within three weeks after the application deadline, although it may take longer.  All applicants will be informed of the outcome.

Once selected, details of the mentorship placement will be discussed with the candidate, and a formal letter of invitation will be sent from ICRP to the candidate outlining all the relevant details.

Unless otherwise specified, placements are for one year with possibility of renewal, beginning at the earliest convenience of the mentee and mentor.

Current Mentorship Placements

Task Group Mentee(s) Mentor Task(s) / Role Period
Task Group 99 Reference Animals and Plants (RAPs) Monographs Katherine Raines, UK David Copplestone, TG99 Member Comparing data treatment methodologies and making recommendations for improvement or extension to other datasets; helping update effects data on invertebrates by integrating results from publications released after 2010; contributing to laboratory to field comparisons; and, contributing to the methodology for extrapolation of effects from the individual level to a population of a given species. From 1 July 2019; extended to 28 February 2023
Task Group 105 Considering the Environment when Applying the System of Radiological Protection Megan Cook, ARPANSA, Australia Gillian Hirth, TG105 Member Carry out a review of selected case studies related to the work of the Task Group. One year starting 18 May 2020, extended to 31 May 2023
Task Group 110
Radiological Protection in Veterinary Practice
Anthony Davila, USA Nicole Martinez, TG110 Co-Chair Critical review of relevant peer-reviewed literature, particularly as related to health effects in animals at low doses and dose rates, and how these effects and time of onset compare to human effects, and reviewing modern ethical philosophy and deontology associated with animal health care and welfare. One year starting 27 April 2020, extended 30 April 2023
Task Group 111 Factors Governing the Individual Response of Humans to Ionising Radiation

Andreas Breitbarth, Australia

 

Preetha Rajaraman, TG111 Member

Literature review relating to radiation-related risk of circulatory disease with a focus on variation in response. One year starting 7 December 2021
Task Group 111 Factors Governing the Individual Response of Humans to Ionising Radiation Stephen Barnard, Public Health England, UK Nobuyuki Hamada, TG111 Member Literature review relating to the biology and epidemiology of late-developing tissue reactions, in particular, cataracts, circulatory disease and neurodegenerative disease. One year starting 1 April 2020 to March 31 2023
Task Group 111 Factors Governing the Individual Response of Humans to Ionising Radiation Julie Leblanc, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Simon Bouffler, TG111 Chair Literature review relating to the modification of responses to ionisingradiation by sex. There may be an opportunity to extend this to include modification of radiation responses by other factors. One year starting 1 April 2020 To March 31 2023

Task Group 113 Reference Organ and Effective Dose Coefficients for Common Diagnostic X-ray Imaging Examinations

 

Yumi Lee, Korea Yeon Soo Yeom, TG113 Member Monte Carlo simulations with the ICRP paediatric reference computational phantoms to produce dose coefficients for radiography projections; quality assurance of the produced dose coefficients; data management and handling, e.g., making tables (in excel and ascii files) and plotting graphs for data record and analysis; and, Monte Carlo simulations as spot checks for Computer Tomography One year starting 24 March 2022
Task Group 114 Reasonableness and Tolerability in the System of Radiological Protection Momo Takada, Japan Thierry Schneider, TG114 Chair Collaboration on a position paper on a topic identified by the Task Group. One year starting 1 January 2020; extended to 31 December 2022
Task Group 116 Radiological Protection Aspects of Imaging in Radiotherapy Abdullah Abuhaimed, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia Colin Martin, TG116 Member Monte Carlo modelling to evaluate radiation doses to patients from imaging that will assist in evaluation of different optimisation strategies, especially relating to cone beam CT. This will include modelling of doses to sets of anatomical phantoms of varying size that may provide information which can be used in advising on adjustments that should be made for individual patients. One year starting 1 April 2020, extended to 31 March 2023
Task Group 116 Radiological Protection Aspects of Imaging in Radiotherapy Mario Djukelic, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Australia Tomas Kron, TG116 Member Prepare notes or literature reviews on specific topics relating to the Task Group. One year starting 1 April 2020; extended to 31 March 2023
Task Group 116 Radiological Protection Aspects of Imaging in Radiotherapy Sebastien Gros, Loyola University Medical Center, USA William Small Jr,, TG116 Co-Chair Develop specific sections of the Task Group document, and help review other sections. One year starting 1 April 2020, extended to 31 March 2023
Task Group 116 Radiological Protection Aspects of Imaging in Radiotherapy Abdel-Hai Benali, Algeria


Maria Cristine Plazas d'Leon, Columbia

Yiannis Roussakis, Cyprus and Greece

Hossam Ragab Shaaban, Egypt
Colin Martin, TG116 Chair As part of a team lead by Colin Martin, Jenia Vassileva, and Tim Wood, assist in the organisation of an international survey of imaging in radiotherapy. Establish contacts with radiotherapy departments in your country, distribute questionnaires, and carry out initial analysis of the data collected. Provide observations and insights into the way imaging is used and potential approaches to improving optimisation of radiological protection in your region. One year starting 1 May 2020; extended to 30 April 2023

Task Group 116 Radiological Protection Aspects of Imaging in Radiotherapy

Ana Cravo Sá, Portugal

 

Colin Martin, TG116 Chair

Investigate the dose measurements for cone beam CT (CBCT) imaging on linear accelerators. The measurements will require access to CBCT imaging on one or more linear accelerators, standard Perspex CT phantoms, and either 100 mm CT or 6 cc chambers / detectors

One Year starting April 13 2022

Task Group 116 Radiological Protection Aspects of Imaging in Radiotherapy

Anja Lazovic, Serbia

Jenia Vassileva, TG116 Member

Investigate the dose measurements for cone beam CT (CBCT) imaging on linear accelerators. The measurements will require access to CBCT imaging on one or more linear accelerators, standard Perspex CT phantoms, and either 100 mm CT or 6 cc chambers / detectors

One Year starting April 13 2022

Task Group 116 Radiological Protection Aspects of Imaging in Radiotherapy

Snezana Vostinic, Serbia

Jenia Vassileva, TG116 Member

Investigate the dose measurements for cone beam CT (CBCT) imaging on linear accelerators. The measurements will require access to CBCT imaging on one or more linear accelerators, standard Perspex CT phantoms, and either 100 mm CT or 6 cc chambers / detectors

One Year starting April 13 2022

Task Group 121 Effects of Ionising Radiation Exposure in Offspring and Next Generations

 

Sara Dumit, USA

Ämilie Louize Degenhardt-Erbe, Germany

Augusto Giussani, TG121 member & ICRP C2 member

 

Review of the scientific literature related to dose assessments for in utero exposures to ionizing radiation and related uncertainties.

Review of the scientific literature related to dose assessments for the offspring of individuals exposed to internal emitters, with focus on exposures to radon and its progeny.

One year starting11 April 2022

One year starting 11 April 2022

Task Group 121 Effects of Ionising Radiation Exposure in Offspring and Next Generations

  

Shayen Sreetharan, Canada

Christelle Adam-Guillermin, TG121 member

Review the literature relative to the heritable effects of exposure to ionizing radiation on non-human biota.

One year starting 11 April 2022

Task Group 121 Effects of Ionising Radiation Exposure in Offspring and Next Generations

Liudmila Liutsko, Spain

 Kimberly Applegate, TG121 member & ICRP C3 Chair

Review of the epidemiological and to the radiation biology literature on the fetal effects of exposure to ionising radiation. Potentially, also contribution to the review of the epidemiological and radiobiological literature on the heritable effects of exposure to ionising radiation

One year starting 11 April 2022

Task Group 121 Effects of Ionising Radiation Exposure in Offspring and Next Generations

Aidana Amrenova

Dominique Laurier, TG121 Member & ICRP C1 Chair

Review of the epidemiological and radiobiological literature on the heritable effects of exposure to ionising radiation

One year starting 11 April 2022