PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy is now CLOSED

Research Assistant/Research Associate (Fixed Term): Multinuclear/Clinical hyperpolarized 13C MRI development

Closing date: 04 November 2021

Interview date: 15 November 2021

Salary Range: £27,116 – £31,406 – Assistant

£33,309 – £40,927 – Associate

Location: Department of Radiology, University of Cambridge

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2023 in the first instance.


Job Description

The University of Cambridge is seeking a Research Associate/Assistant with practical experience of setting up and performing multi-nuclear MRI studies in humans as well as undertaking quantitative analysis of MRI data. The successful applicant will be working within the clinical hyperpolarized carbon-13 and National Cancer Imaging Translational Accelerator (NCITA) teams to undertake tasks such as establishing an MRI core lab and assisting in multi-site qualification of data.

There will be opportunities in the exciting human hyperpolarized carbon-13 programme established in Cambridge as well as other multinuclear approaches. The MR techniques to be developed in collaboration with 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 their clinical research programmes.

The successful candidate will contribute to the development, implementation, deployment, documentation and operation of quality systems (quality assurance and quality control) for novel and existing imaging biomarkers as part of the NCITA QA/QC Unit. The post holder will work as part of the NCITA QA/QC Unit and be expected to provide support to the development of imaging biomarkers from first-in-man application to achieving multi-site reproducibility assessment, which will require close working with the NCITA Trials and Repository Units to support delivery of multi-centre imaging studies.

Key Requirements

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 (or be close to obtaining) a PhD and ideally have post-doctoral experience involving the development and application of magnetic resonance methods, ideally with specific experience and expertise in multinuclear MRI. It would be ideal if the candidate had 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 £33,309 – £40,927 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 £27,116 (Grade 5) and, if applicable, advancing to Grade 7 Research Associate level following the conferment of their PhD.

For informal enquiries please contact Prof Ferdia Gallagher by email:

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2023 in the first instance.

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