PhD in Radiology at University of Cambridge

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in radiology at University of Cambridge. The funds for this fellowship are available for three years. Potential candidates should apply before August 31, 2019.

W.D. Armstrong PhD Studentship in Radiology: Unravelling tumour spatial and temporal heterogeneity using ultrasound analysis of the tumour microenvironment (TME).

The overall goal of this project is to leverage Cambridge expertise in Engineering and Advanced Cancer Imaging by developing an US tumour habitat analysis system for tracking of the dynamics of TME during treatment.

The project aims to: (a) to explore the benefits of using ultrasound (US) together with, and in comparison with, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the evaluation of the changes in tissue texture as a result of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy; (b) to align US with tumour maps derived from the texture maps/habitats and use this to provide precise tissue identification that may be used to guide sampling during surgery.

This novel approach will provide completely new insights into differential drug effects in different TMEs and facilitate spatially co-registered longitudinal tracking of these effects in neo-adjuvant and window of opportunity studies conducted as part of the newly established Mark Foundation Institute for Integrated Cancer Medicine. The project will be jointly supervised by Professor Evis Sala (Department of Radiology) and Professor Richard Prager (Department of Engineering). Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree in an Engineering, Imaging or related subject. This studentship will cover University fees at the UK/EU rate and a maintenance allowance of 15,009 per year for UK/EU/Overseas students for three years. Recipients subject to International fees accept the studentship on the understanding that any difference in fees is the responsibility of the student.

To apply for this studentship, please send your CV, undergraduate transcripts, and a cover letter describing any previous research experience as well as why you would like to undertake this PhD to Simone Matias Vegh ( to arrive no later than 31 August 2019, though applications will be reviewed as they arrive. The start date for the successful applicant will be Lent Term (January/2020).

Please note that any offer of funding will be conditional on securing a place as a PhD student. Candidates will need to apply separately for admission through the University’s Graduate Admissions application portal; this can be done before or after applying for this funding opportunity. Note that there is a 60 fee for PhD applications. The applicant portal can be accessed via:

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


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