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Postdoctoral Training Fellow in diffusion-weighted MRI for MR-guided radiotherapy

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.

Within the CRUK programme grant “Adaptive Data-driven Radiation Oncology” the successful candidate will work on functional imaging for MR-guided Radiotherapy with particular focus on the Unity MR-Linac system. Both apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and parameters derived from intravoxel incoherent motion imaging (IVIM) have shown potential for assessing and predicting radiotherapy treatment response. To enable dose-painting guided by functional imaging, the successful applicant will further work on reducing the geometric distortions in diffusion-weighted MRI on the MR-Linac. This will involve MR pulse programming within the Philips PARADISE (C++) framework and image reconstruction using the ICR’s high-performance computing architecture. Supported by the Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Radiotherapy team’s experience in biophysical modelling of IVIM, the post holder will also have the opportunity to design and implement tailored diffusion-weighting gradients to resolve changes in microvasculature beyond the ADC.

Appointment will be on a Fixed Term Contract for up to 36 months in the first instance. The starting salary is expected to be £32,844* - £38,607 p.a. inclusive (*starting salary for pre-viva candidates until PhD award). The starting salary will be based on previous postdoctoral experience and future progression is based on annual performance review. The full range for the grade is £32,844 - £45,224.

To apply please submit an application online 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 relevant experience and incl. the names and addresses of at least two referees). Job ref 1274

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