Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (Staff PhD Candidate) in the Field of Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (ESR6)

University of Sheffield

Applications are invited for a 3 year full-time Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (staff PhD candidate) in the field of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging. This unique opportunity will enable an exceptional candidate to work in an international research training network, for the European H2020 MSCA ETN project, BQ-MINDED. The successful candidate will be based at the University of Sheffield within the host centre, CISTIB, Centre for Computational Imaging and Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine (, and will register as a staff candidate PhD student. CISTIB performs cutting-edge research in areas of fundamental and applied biomedical imaging & modelling with impact in personalized minimally invasive therapies and active and healthy ageing. Our team has an international and interdisciplinary profile and has a strong commitment to clinical and industrial translation with impact in future healthcare.

The BQ-MINDED project aims to develop breakthroughs in quantitative MR imaging such as MR relaxometry and diffusion MRI. During the research there will be strong emphasis on career development and on achieving impact. B-Q MINDED has the ambition to turn the developed algorithms into diagnostic solutions for improved health and care.

As one of two related posts within this project at the University of Sheffield (ESR6), your specific research, titled “Parallel transmission/reception and simultaneous multi-slice (SMS) techniques for dMRI”, will aim to reduce the acquisition time for dMRI measurements using state-of-the-art hardware- and software-based methodologies. It will involve exploring the optimal integration of simultaneous multi-slice (SMS) into quantitative MRI (Q-MRI), such as relaxometry, dMRI, and derived microstructural models. This will include the accurate characterization of the noise distributions resulting in SMS for different multi-transmitter and multi-receiver configurations and parallel RF pulse transmission protocols, and its exploitation in the parameters fitting for obtaining dMRI and relaxometry images. Finally, an optimal Q-MRI SMS protocol will be implemented taking into account clinically acceptable acquisition times and the regulations on specific absorption rate. 

This post will involve two short term research stays at the sites of partners within the BQ-MINDED project.

Further details, and a full description of the project can be found at following the links for ESR6. 

Eligibility: Applications are invited from EEA nationals only. Candidates should have a master’s degree in physics, computer science, mathematics, engineering, or related field at the time of appointment, and a background in scientific computing and/or magnetic resonance imaging MRI is desirable. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal communication skills and be a good presenter in written and spoken English.

At the time of recruitment you should be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not have been awarded a doctoral degree. You should also not have resided or carrier out your main activity (work/studies) in the host country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date (not including compulsory national service of short holiday stays).

Deadline: The closing date for applications is Friday 15th December 2017

How to apply: Informal inquiries can be made to Prof Alejandro Frangi ( with a copy of your curriculum vitae. To formalise the application, candidates should apply via the BQ-MINDED project website ( selecting ESR6. 

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