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Research Fellow

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Fixed term
38,832 - 47,722 a year
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Role Description

Applications are invited for an independent research fellowship in hyperpolarised magnetic resonance. York has pioneered a number of techniques to hyperpolarize compounds that enhance their detectability by Magnetic Resonance techniques. To date these compounds have been examined in the laboratory, but there are now opportunities to use these compounds in vivo in the study of animal disease models and human. The post will be based in the York Neuroimaging Centre and the role holder will work alongside colleagues in the York Centre for Hyperpolarization in Magnetic Resonance to develop  in vivo methods to support  an MRC funded grant proposal focussed on achieving the clinical translation of these techniques.  There will also be the opportunity for the role holder to development of their own independent research.  The post is funded by the Department of Psychology for a period of four years and the applicant will be expected to contribute to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

The Departments of Psychology and Chemistry have prioritized investment in the application of Hyperpolarization for Magnetic Resonance Imaging in health and disease.  Both departments are leaders in research nationally and this post will reflect their joint priority to exploit the cutting edge facilities in the York Neuroimaging Centre (Psychology) and the Centre for Hyperpolerization (Chemistry) to make advances in medical imaging.  This role holder will actively engage with researchers from both centres, but will be formally employed by York Neuroimaging Centre.

You will join an ambitious team of researchers, who aim to transform the way in which Magnetic Resonance Imaging is performed.  We seek an individual, who shares that ambition and can help drive forward the project to deliver ‘first in man’ studies of hyperpolarised compounds for MRI. You will contribute to and/or lead on the production of research outputs and research outcomes by working as part of a team of individuals with complementary skill sets.  You will also write or contribute to publications or disseminate research findings, including public engagement to non-research specialist organisations using other appropriate media

Funding from the Medical Research Council underpins this effort and an additional postdoctoral researcher will also be hired as a result of this funding.  More broadly, the MRC funds a collaboration with the University of Leeds, where identical clinical imaging facilities exist.  There will, therefore, be excellent opportunities to take the research of hyperpolarization into the clinical arena.

You will have a PhD in a science and substantive experience in MRI or MR Physics at postdoctoral level.  We are keen to appoint an individual with skills, knowledge and experience in pulse sequence programming.  Experience of pulse sequence programming in the context of imaging contrast agents and hyperpolarization, and running experimental protocols to evaluate pulse sequences would be particularly valued.

The post is full time and available until 30 June 2020. 

Informal enquiries can be directed to Professor Antony Morland (

For further information and to apply on-line, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Vacancy Reference: 6385


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