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Research Associate in Medical Physics

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,236 - 39,609 a year
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Role Description


We wish to recruit two postdoctoral research associates in medical physics to support our ongoing InnovateUK project, carried out in collaboration with a leading UK industrial partner (Kromek Ltd). The post will be based at the Department of Physics at the University of York within the nuclear physics group, working with Prof Dan Watts. In the role you will work closely with colleagues at York, with our industrial partner and with colleagues in the medical physics community.

The Department of Physics is at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world leading research centres, focused around condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics and fusion energy at the York Plasma Institute. As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups. We promote good practice and a strong culture of equality in higher education, and are proud of our Juno Champion Award and Athena SWAN Silver Award.


Your main responsibilities will be:

  • To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research.
  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects.
  • To obtain PET imaging data using a new prototype detector system at York based on CZT detector technology
  • To analyse the data employing a new imaging technique which utilises quantum entanglement effects
  • Compare the data with simulation based on a modified GEANT4 framework
  • Use simulation to extrapolate the results to larger commercial systems
  • Present results and network at international medical physics conferences
  • Liaise with our industrial partner (Kromek Ltd.)

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You will have:

  • A PhD in Physics, Medical Physics or related discipline
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Experience of data analysis and simulation (experience in the GEANT4 software package is an advantage)
  • Experience of programming in C++ or Java is an advantage
  • Experience of detector development
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in a team
  • Ability to contribute to the broader research aims of the group in nuclear and medical physics

The post is fixed-term for a period of 12 months, and will be available from 1st November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary from £32,236 on grade 6 of the University’s salary scales.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Dan Watts (

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