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Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,604 - 38,832 a year
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Role Description

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associateship to work in the York Neuroimaging Centre and the Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance on the development of hyperpolarisation methods for MRI. The position is tenable until the 31 March 2020. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of hyperpolarisation based methods to probe blood flow, the blood-brain barrier, cellular function and cellular metabolism in vivo. The post holder requires a good practical knowledge of MRI and an ability to code pulse programmes.

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 Hyperpolarization (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 pursue research into the development of novel contrast agents for MRI based on research advances in hyperpolarization.  You will join an ambitious team of researchers, who aim to transform the way in which Magnetic Resonance Imaging is performed.  You will share that ambition and help to deliver ‘first in man’ studies of hyperpolarised compounds for MRI.  A Medical Research Council grant funds this post and more broadly 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 have knowledge and experience in MRI or MR Physics, together with knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies to engage in high quality research.  You will have skills and experience in pulse sequence programming, while experience of preclinical imaging is desirable.  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.

Interviews will take place on a date to be confirmed.

Closing Date: 2 April 2018


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