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Research Associate (Fixed Term)


This is an opportunity to join the the new and growing 7T MRI Physics group at the University of Cambridge. The group now has 4 senior members, and we expect 3 new people to join by Oct 2018. We are part of a 20-strong team of MRI method development scientists in Cambridge. We have close collaborative links with the other UK 7T sites in Oxford (where Chris Rodgers also has a research group), Nottingham, Cardiff, and Glasgow.

We have a wealth of equipment available for 7T MRI research in Cambridge. Our Siemens 7T Terra MRI scanner was installed in 2016. It runs VE11K software, including the new single-host parallel transmit concept. We have 1H coils for scanning the brain (32ch Nova and 8x Tx Nova) and knee, and eight different multinuclear coils for the brain and body. We will soon have a powerful multinuclear capability for imaging 1H, 19F, 31P, 23Na and 13C throughout the body. We are embedded within Addenbrooke's Hospital, directly adjacent to neuro-critical-care, giving outstanding access to relevant patient cohorts.

You will develop your own area of physics-based research using our new Siemens 7T Terra MRI scanner, in close collaboration with Chris Rodgers and clinical scientists in Cambridge. You will also help the 7T MRI Physics group develop protocols and data analysis pipelines relevant to other users of the facility. Key clinical interests for 7T MRI in Cambridge include studying dementia, stroke, head injury, and neurodevelopment. There is also strong interest in studying cognitive neuroscience and psychology. Particular applications of 7T MRI in Cambridge so far include layer-resolved functional imaging, high-resolution structural imaging and neurotransmitter spectroscopy. For example, we are interested in developing more advanced methods for spectroscopic imaging in the brain; or using the Terra's excellent parallel transmit capabilities to study deep brain structures, and their functional connectivity to the cortex; or in improving methods for imaging patients who are prone to motion; or other innovative projects.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

This appointment requires a Research Passport application.

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 your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter, a list of publications in PubMed citation format, and a statement of how your experience matches the role requirements above (max 2 pages) 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.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Chris Rodgers (ctr28@cam.ac.uk, +44 1223336291). If you are attending the ISMRM 2018 meeting in Paris, Chris Rodgers would be delighted to meet with you to explain more about the role, and to see the work you are presenting.

Closing Date: 3rd July 2018

Interview Date: w/c 9th July 2018

Please quote reference SR15774 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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