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PhD Studentship - Compositional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Joint Tissues


A three year PhD studentship, funded by GSK, is available in the University of Cambridge Department of Radiology. This studentship is intended for a student in physics, engineering, or another field related to MRI development.

The Department of Radiology is an internationally competitive department undertaking innovative research in medical imaging. We have a team of dedicated academic radiologists working with imaging scientists with an active doctoral and post-doctoral research programme. We have access to state-of-the-art imaging facilities within Cambridge University Hospitals including one 3T MRI and four 1.5T MRI systems and the University of Cambridge Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (WBIC) that has a whole-body 7T, two 3T MR systems and a PET/MR system.

The University of Cambridge and the Department of Radiology also supports a broad programme of education and training designed to nurture the next generation of Radiology researchers and clinicians with projects covering an exciting range of studies. Students will have the opportunity to attend lectures, workshops and meetings aimed at facilitating and strengthening collaborations between complimentary specialties.

This PhD project is directed towards developing new magnetic resonance methods for imaging osteoarthritis. The student will be working with the osteoarthritis imaging team - which includes Martin Graves, Joshua Kaggie, Stephen McDonnell, and James MacKay. Further details are outlined in the Additional Information document below.

Please ensure you meet the entrance requirements and follow the application processes detailed below. The studentship will commence during the academic year 2017/18. Eligibility: Applicants should hold or be about to achieve a First or Upper-Second (2.i) class degree in a relevant subject. The full studentship is available to UK nationals and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements.

The studentship will run for 3 years and includes:

  • A fee waiver equivalent to the Home rate (£7,857). Overseas students may apply but will need to fund the difference between the Home and Overseas fee from another source.

  • A stipend of £17,000 p.a. for 3 years

The successful candidate will be able to apply for a Graduate Admission to the University of Cambridge and full details on how to apply will be provided. Candidates whose first language is not English are required to pass an English test at a high level prior to their admission being confirmed. For details see http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/entry-requirements.

Applications consisting of a cover letter with an essay detailing your goals or potential project on osteoarthritis imaging (two pages max), academic certifications, detailed curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of three academic referees should be sent to Catherine Munn (cm861@medschl.cam.ac.uk), as soon as possible, and at the latest by 21st May 2017.

Further project enquiries should be made to Josh Kaggie (jk636@cam.ac.uk).

Closing date for applications is 21st May 2017 with an interview date to be confirmed.

Please quote reference RQ11577 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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