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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Europe's top cancer charity, Cancer Research UK, has combined with the University of Cambridge to fund the world class Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, situated on the Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus in Cambridge.

As part of the University Of Cambridge School Of Clinical Medicine, the Institute's research ranges from basic cancer biology through translational cancer research to clinical application. The Institute currently houses over 400 researchers and support staff with 22 research groups. It provides a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment in cancer research, with state of the art facilities and core scientific resources, and good links with the scientific community of Cambridge.

We are currently recruiting for a new research group that will focus its research on metabolic imaging by hyperpolarized magnetic resonance, with a focus on new technological developments. Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance (MR) is a revolutionary and promising technique with a proven potential in biomedicine. Based on Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP), a low-temperature technique used to increase the nuclear spin order, hyperpolarization leads to an improvement in signal-to-noise ratio on the order of 10'000 times. It allows for the detection of tiny amounts of biological substances in vivo and to follow the metabolic pathways of chosen molecules.

A Research Associate position is available for an individual interested in developing their own research project in a multidisciplinary environment. The selected candidate will be involved in the development of new technologies and protocols to perform in vitro and in vivo DNP-enhanced MR experiments. The successful candidate will possess a PhD (or equivalent) in Physics, Biomedical Engineering or related field. The candidate is also expected to have a strong background in MR physics from their PhD, as well as good knowledge in cryogenic engineering and MR-related microwave technology.

Applicants who wish to be considered for this position must have advanced scientific and laboratory knowledge in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging. Experience in hyperpolarized magnetic resonance and scientific instrument development as well as skills in cryogenic system handling would be highly desirable. The selected candidate will be expected to work in close collaboration with other research groups within the CRUK CI.

Applicants must display an ability to undertake project management and have good presentation and communication skills.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. 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.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 4th March 2018 and interviews are yet to be confirmed.

Please quote reference SW14676 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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