The magnetic resonance team led by Dr. Simon Robinson, is focused on the application of both established and innovative, quantitative functional MRI techniques to identify case-specific imaging biomarkers in pre-clinical models of cancer in vivo, thereby establishing their utility to correctly inform on i) the pathology and processes relevant to a particular cancer type, and ii) response/resistance to treatment against these processes. There is a strong emphasis on the development of quantitative MRI biomarkers that can be realistically translated and prove informative in aligned imaging investigations of cancer patients.
Through programme grant funding from Cancer Research UK, an early-stage post-doctoral training fellow position is available for an MRI physicist, preferably with experience of working with animal models of cancer. We are looking for a highly motivated and creative individual with an interest in the development and application of multiparametric MRI strategies to characterise the tumour microenvironment and its response to treatment in vivo. Areas of potential projects for this position will include imaging the viscoelastic properties of tumours using magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) (Li et al, doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-19-1595). An interest in digital pathology for MRI biomarker validation would also be advantageous.
The position will be based within the Centre for Cancer Imaging, which provides an integrated environment for multi-modality pre-clinical imaging, co-locating 7T and 1T MRI systems, a PET/SPECT/CT system, multispectral optoacoustic and ultrasound imaging platforms, bioluminescence imaging systems and micro-CT. The position will provide excellent opportunities to interact within a multidisciplinary environment of staff within imaging, radiotherapy, drug development and molecular pathology, and explore new avenues of research.
Applicants should possess a PhD in physical science or similar, and ideally have demonstrated excellence in the field of pre-clinical MRI, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and productivity during their PhD studies.
Appointment will be on a Fixed Term Contract for 2 years in the first instance.
Informal enquires are welcome and can be made to Dr. Simon Robinson ([email protected]
). Please note that formal applications must be submitted online.
To apply please submit an application on the ICR Careers site, attaching your CV with the supporting statement (addressing with specific examples where you meet the person specification, a brief description of your research experience and incl. the names and addresses of at least two referees).
For more details, please refer to the job description and person specification.
We consider all applications on merit and have a strong commitment to enhancing the diversity of our staff.
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