Research Fellow in MRI Susceptibility Mapping of Head and Neck Cancer

    • Application Deadline
      08 August 2022
      (application date has expired)
    • Job Salary
      £36,770 to £44,388 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.
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    • Contact Name
      Professor Karin Shmueli

    Applications are invited for a talented MRI physicist and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Group in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at UCL.

    The postholder will have a central role in an exciting research programme developing, optimising and applying MRI magnetic susceptibility mapping techniques in studies of patients with Head and Neck Cancer.

    The postholder will work within the MRI Group, led by Prof. Karin Shmueli, a pioneer of quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM), whose research focuses on developing and optimising electromagnetic tissue properties mapping techniques for a variety of clinical applications, aiming to improve disease diagnosis and monitoring of therapies.

    Prof. Shmueli has obtained funding for this position as part of her Cancer Research UK Multidisciplinary Award funded project to develop a new MRI magnetic susceptibility mapping-based technique to measure oxygenation in Head and Neck and Prostate cancers.

    The ultimate goal of this research project is to develop a new QSM-based technique to map oxygenation in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) and to investigate its clinical potential to non-invasively determine the hypoxic status of tumours and cancerous lymph nodes.

    The postholder will carry out their research as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team of physicists, biomedical engineers and clinicians. The postholder will lead the optimisation of QSM to measure oxygenation in HNSCC, reporting to Prof. Shmueli.

    This position is available immediately until December 2023 in the first instance.

    The post holder must have a PhD, or be about to submit a PhD, in MRI Physics, engineering or a related subject.

    A strong background in MRI Physics and expertise in computer programming in a language such as Matlab, Python or C/C++ are essential. Experience in acquisition, reconstruction, processing and analysis of MRI data is required. Experience in quantitative magnetic susceptibility mapping (QSM), MRI pulse sequence development, and/or MRI body or cancer imaging studies would be desirable.

    The post holder will also have excellent problem-solving, interpersonal, communication, self- and time-management skills, and the ability to work effectively both in a team and independently.

    Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD. If you are about to submit a PhD, the appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (£32,217 - £33,958 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

    For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to and search on Reference Number 1885802

    Further information about the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering can be found at

    If you have any scientific or informal enquiries regarding the position, please contact Prof. Karin Shmueli; [email protected]

    If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Tracy Pearmain, HR Staffing Officer; [email protected]

    Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

    UCL Taking Action for Equality
    We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.
    Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

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