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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in fast functional MR imaging for MR-guided radiotherapy, Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK

Postdoctoral position

Closing Date 12/06/2019
Location  Sutton, Greater London, UK
Division   Radiotherapy and Imaging
Team  Magnetic Resonance
Vacancy Type Full time, 35 hours per week
Type of Contract  Fixed Term
Length of Contract  36 months
Salary Range  £31,023 - £39,473 pa
Our Ref  730

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, and today lead the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment.

The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) came top in the league table of university research quality compiled from the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). Based on our publication record, citations and impact, we rank among the world’s leading cancer research centres. As a college of the University of London, the ICR provides postgraduate higher education of international distinction. We also have charitable status and rely on support from partner organisations, charities, donors and the public.

The ICR is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.


Vacancy Description  

Real-time adaptive MR-guided radiotherapy requires MRI acquisition and reconstruction times to be fast, so that the clinical workflow can benefit from the additional imaging. While the anatomical information of fast 4D MR imaging has been a key research topic of the team at the ICR, functional information obtained with fast quantitative MRI has the potential to revolutionize the MR-guided radiotherapy workflow.

This project aims to harness the latest MR image reconstruction techniques to develop fast volumetric MR imaging, with a particular focus being the implementation on the Unity MR-Linac system. To meet the high requirements of radiotherapy in terms of spatial accuracy, in particular in the context of hypo-fractionated treatments, the successful applicant will have to combine MR pulse programming with state-of-the-art image reconstruction techniques, supported by dedicated high-performance hardware. Candidates ideally will have expertise in a relevant quantitative MR imaging method and/or in advanced MR image reconstruction techniques to complement our team. Examples for functional imaging methods of high interest for MR-guided radiotherapy are fast mapping of relaxation parameters to characterize hypoxia.

The post holder is expected to drive this project within a multi-disciplinary team of computer scientists, medical physicists and clinicians within the Joint Department of Physics at the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Results will be published in relevant high-impact journals and presented at national- and international conferences.

Applicants are expected to hold (or be very close to obtaining) a PhD degree in Physics, Engineering or another relevant field and ideally have experience in pulse sequence development and/or MR image reconstruction. Starting salaries will be offered in the range from £31,023* to £39,473 p.a.

*thesis submitted, awaiting PhD award

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Andreas Wetscherek ( Please do not send your application by email. To apply, please upload your CV and cover letter (addressing where you meet the person specification and including the names and addresses of two referees) using the ICR’s e-recruitment system.

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Application deadline: 12 Jun 2019

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