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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

We are looking for an enthusiastic researcher to take the technical lead on a new imaging project. The role is funded by the radiation research network of Cancer Research UK ("RadNet"). RadNet aims to tackle major challenges in radiobiology and radiation oncology. Within RadNet, a network-wide collaborative effort has been established to bridge the gap between preclinical radiotherapy research and cutting-edge clinical practice.

This role will be the technical lead on the "MIGRATES" project. MIGRATES will develop and deploy a user-friendly framework for multi-modal image co-registration for radiotherapy planning. It is based on a system-agnostic cradle for accurate physical co-registration of preclinical imaging data. The role-holder will adapt an existing cradle hardware and image acquisition / registration software to improve maintenance and monitoring of physiological status of experimental animals during in vivo imaging under anaesthesia and provide artifact-free MRI data. They will also be responsible for installing and optimizing these systems for use with the pre-clinical MRI, PET/CT and SARRP image-guided irradiator systems locally at the CRUK Cambridge Institute, and later for transferring the technology to collaborating centres at Leeds and Glasgow.

The outcome of the project will be improvement of image co-registration during preclinical radiotherapy, which will enable optimization of clinically-relevant radiotherapy plans and improved evaluation of imaging biomarkers of radiotherapy response.

The successful candidate should have experience in small animal MRI and must have experience in constructing and troubleshooting electronic equipment (although access to an electronics workshop is available). A PhD graduate in pre-clinical imaging with electronics experience and an interest in learning a wider range of modalities would suit the role well. Previous experience with pre-clinical imaging and a Home Office license would be desirable. The successful candidate should have the demonstrable ability to undertake active management of research collaboration across several Institutions.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Closing date: 30th January 2022.

Interview date: TBC.

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 email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 £30,497) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

Please quote reference SW29557 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd December 2021
Closes: 30th January 2022
Job Ref: SW29557
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