Location
Sutton (Greater London)
Department
Radiotherapy and Imaging
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Starting salary £32,000 per annum
Vacancy Type
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External Advertising End Date
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Key Information

Salary: Commencement on the salary range is subject to comparable skills and experience. Future progression is based on annual performance review.

Duration of ContractFixed Term for 24 months in the first instance

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

Closing Date: 3rd July 2022

Job Details

Summary of Role

The post holder will participate in the design and implementation of translational studies aimed at biological optimisation of radiotherapy by improving tumour response whilst minimising normal tissue toxicity. The main laboratory project will involve understanding the radiation-induced changes in the breast tumour immune microenvironment to inform rational radiotherapy immunotherapy combination treatments in high-risk breast cancer patients. This would involve the use of laboratory techniques for the processing of patient samples, and a willingness to train for, and undertake, trial related procedures. The post-holder will also be involved with assisting in clinical trials undertaken in the breast RT unit. Excellent communication skills, administration abilities and computer skills would be vital, including working collaboratively with the existing team members both within and outside the institution.

 

Key Requirements

The applicant must have a degree (BSc) in biology/biochemistry with post-qualification laboratory experience. Additional qualification/training in cancer research including a range of skills in contemporary cellular biology, molecular biology & biochemistry is essential. Higher degree (MSc/PhD) in cell or molecular biology/cancer biology/radiobiology is desirable.

  

Department/Directorate Information

Translational Breast Radiobiology Team, Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging

Dr Navita Somaiah is a clinician scientist at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and an honorary clinical oncology consultant at The Royal Marsden. Her team are investigating the optimisation of radiotherapy by improving tumour response whilst minimising normal tissue toxicity for more personalised treatments.

The division includes the prestigious Cancer Research UK Cancer Imaging Centre, and overlaps with the Joint Department of Physics, which spans The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Researchers in the division are developing methods to more accurately image tumours, making improvements to treatment planning, and implementing and assessing techniques to precisely target beams of radiation. Projects are using 3D imaging and robotics, and include quality assurance to ensure the safety of new techniques in a clinical setting. The division has long-standing clinical imaging research programmes in computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), together with major projects in ultrasound, nuclear medicine, X-ray detectors and imaging applied to radiotherapy and focused ultrasound therapy. The ICR’s leading role in the development of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) has helped to change the way that radiotherapy is provided in the UK and worldwide.

Researchers in the division are also interested in developing ways of increasing the effectiveness of radiotherapy by combining it with other treatments – including targeted drugs or viral therapies. A major research focus is the development of multimodality imaging for evaluating response to treatment in vivo. Novel imaging techniques can provide non-invasive assessments of various facets of tumour biology such as tumour angiogenesis, cell proliferation and hypoxia.

The joint appointments of faculty in this division and the divisions of Cancer Biology, Cancer Therapeutics or Clinical Studies ensure scientific and technical developments are rapidly taken through to testing in the clinic.

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 Navita Somaiah via Email: [email protected] 

 

About The Institute of Cancer Research

Why work for us?

As a member of staff, you'll have exclusive access to a range of staff benefits.

The ICR is committed to supporting overseas applicants applying for roles, please click here to find out further information.

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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