PhD in Radiology

open until filled
Medical Sciences, Radiology
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Applications are invited for two 3-4 year PhD studentship starting in October 2020 or earlier at the Department of Radiology, University of Cambridge, funded by Cancer Research UK and The Lundbeck Foundation (Denmark) respectively.

The successful candidates will conduct research under the supervision of Dr. Ferdia Gallagher in the Department of Radiology

These studentships are part of an exciting programme to image metabolism in cancer patients using a new technique called hyperpolarised carbon-13 MRI. The technique is a novel method to non-invasively detect tissue metabolism using MRI, allowing a breakdown product of glucose to be imaged in real-time, as well as downstream metabolic products such as lactate. The images generated probe tumour metabolism at unprecedented sensitivity and allow metabolic heterogeneity to be studied in ways not previously possible. Cambridge has pioneered this technology over the last 5 years creating a translational research platform to explore potential clinical applications for this technique. The research programme will investigate patients with renal and brain tumours and will correlate the imaging findings with tissue derived at surgery and patient outcome. A major question of the grant is how this novel metabolic imaging method can be combined with other approaches (e.g. tissue sampling, tumour genomics and circulating tumour DNA to better stratify patients and to determine the most appropriate therapy for an individual patient). The successful candidate will integrate with a highly multidisciplinary team of scientists and clinicians as part of a translational cancer imaging team. We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic scientists with a degree in biological sciences, physical sciences, computer science or medicine to join our research group to help develop this exciting new field of research.

We are advertising two PhD studentship: the first is a Cancer Research UK (CRUK)-funded studentship to develop this imaging in renal cancer. The second is a Lundbeck Foundation-funded (Denmark) studentship to develop the technique in the brain and brain tumours in collaboration with Aarhus University.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3-4 years.

Eligibility and Funding:

Candidates should have a first or upper second class degree in a relevant subject and meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements - see:

The studentships will cover a stipend at the CRUK rate (currently £19,000 per annum), research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Informal enquiries about the project may be made to Dr. Ferdia Gallagher (

To apply please: Complete the University GRADSAF application. The course code is MDRA (PhD in Radiology). The closing date is 20th January 2020. Early enquiries are encouraged.

With your GRADSAF application you will be required to submit (i) a draft research proposal outlining your suitability, why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area, your background and research interests. (ii) your CV stating your citizenship and years of residence in the UK (iii) copies of your academic transcripts (iv) details of two academic referees.

Please inform when you have made an application.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview within two weeks from the application deadline.

Please quote reference RQ21793 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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