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Research Assistant at University of Cambridge

A new opening postdoctoral researcher position in applied mathematics is available at University of Cambridge, UK. The initial contract for this position is 2 years and posible to extend. Applications are invited up to August 15, 2019.

The Department of Radiology with its combination of scientific excellence and access to state-of-the-art imaging facilities is collaborating with seven Cancer Centres in developing novel technologies to apply to the study of Cancer. Cancer Research UK (CRUK) accelerator award have funded a multi-centre translational research programme grant that aims to address the gaps in translation of imaging biomarkers either as tools for clinical trials or to aid clinical decision making. The successful applicant will be working in our exciting human hyperpolarized carbon-13 programme which we have established in Cambridge as well as other multinuclear approaches. The MR techniques to be developed in collaboration with our industry partners at General Electric will include fast imaging techniques such as echo planar imaging and non-Cartesian techniques such as radial and cones. There will also be opportunities to develop image analysis software and mathematical modelling of time-dependent signals. The aim is to use imaging technologies to improve healthcare and draws on Cambridge’s strengths in physics, applied mathematics and engineering, and is an important component of our clinical research programmes.

We are seeking a Research Assistant/Associate with practical experience of setting up and performing multi-nuclear MRI studies in humans as well as undertaking quantitative analysis of MRI data.

The main roles of this post are to optimise and acquire multinuclear MRI data from healthy volunteers and standardized phantoms and to analyse MR images from phantom and healthy volunteer studies using a variety of analysis methods in collaboration with the physics team. The main focus will be to develop the techniques for cancer imaging, particularly within the abdomen.

The successful candidate will be expected to have excellent computational skills and to integrate with an enthusiastic multidisciplinary group of people with the aim of translating this technique into the clinical arena. Therefore, applicants should have experience involving the development and application of magnetic resonance methods, ideally with specific experience and expertise in multinuclear MRI. The candidate should have a keen interest in the biological application of associated MR techniques to address clinical questions and possess excellent computing skills (programming in MATLAB and working with UNIX/LINUX and Windows operating systems).

Candidates with a PhD will be appointed as a Research Associate, with a salary level on the scale 32,236 – 39,609 pa depending on relevant postdoctoral experience. Candidates who have submitted their thesis but not yet been awarded their PhD will be appointed at the Research Assistant level with a salary of 29,515 (Grade 5) and, if applicable, advancing to Grade 7 Research Associate level following the conferment of their PhD. If an individual has not submitted a PhD or is not working towards one they could be appointed as a Research Assistant if they have either a degree (and/or Master’s) in a relevant area.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Interview Date: likely to be w/c 19 August 2019

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


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