Research Associate in Deuterium Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Human Liver and Skeletal Muscle

University of Cambridge

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated scientist to join the University of Cambridge to develop deuterium Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in human liver and skeletal muscle, and to then implement these methods in a study to investigate the mechanisms of insulin resistance.

The successful applicant would be based at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (WBIC), located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which is one of the world's most vibrant centres of biomedical research. The WBIC is a research facility that houses a 7T and three 3T scanners and has been involved in a wide range of applied MR research for over 20 years. You would be using both Siemens 3T Skyra and 7T Terra systems, and your role would involve optimisation and coding of pulse sequences for this study, and testing these in phantoms and in vivo. Additionally, you would have the fantastic opportunity to implement these methods in patients with insulin resistance, primarily through a longstanding collaboration that Dr Alison Sleigh has with the nearby Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science. You would therefore be a part of both a growing physics team and a multidisciplinary team, designing novel MR measures at the forefront of interdisciplinary research.

Applicants should have or be about to receive a PhD in physics, chemistry, engineering, or other subject that provides a solid grounding in magnetic resonance. You need to have an understanding of the fundamentals of magnetic resonance, have had some experience with pulse sequence coding, and be able to work safely in a high-field MR environment. It is desirable to have had experience with MR spectroscopy and an interest in metabolism / physiology. More specific criteria are outlined within the Further Particulars document (click the link below).

Starting date: Flexible August/September 2021.

For informal discussions please contact Dr Alison Sleigh by email:

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children and adults' barred lists) and a health assessment. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

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The closing date for this vacancy is 25 May 2021 with the interviews expected to take place w/c 07 June 2021.

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