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Medical Physics Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Edinburgh - College of Science & Engineering - School of Physics & Astronomy - Institute of Particle and Nuclear Physics

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £35,333 to £42,155 per annum (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th January 2023
Closes: 21st February 2023
Job Ref: 6341
 

Full-time: 35 hours per week

Fixed-term: 2 years

We are looking for a postdoctoral research assistant to join our developing medical physics program. You will make substantial contributions to the simulation of the Total Body PET detectors as well as developing advanced reconstruction techniques.

The Opportunity:

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is an important technique that is used in the diagnosis of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and cardiovascular diseases. In recent years total body PET scanners with axial lengths of 1-2 m have been developed. These devices have the potential to dramatically reduce the radiation dose of a PET scan and broaden the utility of PET in human medical research resulting in new clinical applications. The experimental particle physics group at the University of Edinburgh has developed a collaboration with the Preclinical PET Facility at the Edinburgh QMRI facility. Using in-house expertise, we have developed a Geant4-based simulation framework that allows to study and optimize the parameters of total body PET scanners. We are looking for a PDRA to take these simulation studies further, to develop reconstruction techniques and to investigate combined PET/Computed Tomography (CT) scanning techniques.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Possess, or be about to obtain a PhD in Experimental Physics or Medical Physics
  • Proven track record of performing high quality research in medical physics or related area (e.g. nuclear or particle physics)
  • Good working knowledge of Python and C++ programming languages
  • Ability to self-motivate and work independently
  • Ability to work as part of a team while showing leadership and initiative

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Application procedure:

Please apply online uploading a CV, cover letter, short research statement including future plans (max 1 page) and details of 2 referees we can contact for a reference.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. Is e buidheann carthannais a th’ ann an Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, clàraichte an Alba, àireamh clàraidh SC005336.

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