Location
Sutton (Greater London)
Department
Radiotherapy and Imaging
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Starting salary £38,607 - £40,902 per annum
Vacancy Type
Fixed term
External Advertising End Date
06 Jun 2022

Key Information

Salary: Dependent on relevant Postdoctoral experience. Future progression is based on annual performance review. If the candidate has not yet been awarded their PhD, the starting salary will be at  £32,844 until the successful completion of their viva.

Duration of Contract: Fixed Term for 36 months

Hours per week: 35 hours per week (Full Time)

Closing Date: 6th June 2022

Job Details

 
Research Lead: Dr Andreas Wetscherek
 
Summary of Role
 
Quantitative MRI (qMRI) is of particular interest in MR-guided radiotherapy to detect functional changes associated with response to treatment and patient outcomes. Already 1.5% of linear accelerator systems installed world-wide are hybrid MR-Linacs. Daily functional imaging on MR-Linacs could also be used to assess damage to healthy tissue and to identify resistant tumour sub-volumes to prescribe a treatment intensification (dose boost).
 To enable these applications, this project aims at using various strategies to minimise uncertainty in qMRI acquisitions, while keeping acquisition and reconstruction times short. A particular focus of this project would be MR relaxometry measurements. While implementation on the 1.5 T MR-Linac system at the Royal Marsden Hospital and seamless integration into the MR-guided radiotherapy treatment workflow is the overall aim, development and testing on the MRI scanners in the diagnostic radiology department is also possible. The successful applicant will combine MR pulse programming with state-of-the-art image reconstruction techniques supported by dedicated high-performance hardware.
 
As Postdoctoral Training Fellow you will be working in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Radiotherapy team. The successful candidate will enable fast quantitative imaging for daily functional imaging on the Unity MR-Linac system. This will involve MR pulse programming within the Philips PARADISE (C++) framework and image reconstruction using the ICR’s high-performance computing architecture. Results will be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at relevant conferences in the field (ISMRM / ESTRO / MR in RT symposium).
 

Key Requirements

The successful candidate must hold a PhD in Physic, Engineering, Informatics or a related discipline and possess sound knowledge of spin physics and relevant experimental methodology including MR image acquisition in vivo. Knowledge of at least one object oriented programming language and of analysing complex functional imaging data in a numerical computing environment are essential.

The ICR has a workforce agreement stating that Postdoctoral Training Fellows can only be employed for up  to 7 years as PDTF at the ICR, providing total postdoctoral experience (including previous employment at this level elsewhere) does not exceed 10 years

 

Department/Directorate Information:

The Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging is investigating new imaging methods to diagnose cancer, and ways in which advances in technology and molecular biology can improve radiation treatment.

The candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with other MRI scientists, clinical researchers and medical physicists in the Joint Department of Physics at the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, in particular in relation to the Cancer Research UK programme “Adaptive Data-driven Radiation Oncology”.

We encourage all applicants to access the job pack attached for more detailed information regarding this role. For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Dr Andreas Wetscherek via Email on a.wetscherek@icr.ac.uk

About The Institute of Cancer Research

Why work for us?

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The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world's most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. Further information about working at the ICR can be found here.

 

We look forward to receiving applications from all candidates, wherever in the world they are currently based. We will select those who display the potential to become, or to support, the world leading cancer researchers of the future based on their application and performance at interview. However, we particularly welcome British applicants from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are under-represented within the ICR and nationwide in STEM roles.


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