Research Fellow

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

Job posting number: #7122685 (Ref:MHLMR1108)

Posted: February 3, 2023

Job Description

Do you have a background in radiotherapy physics or medical imaging? Would you like to work on an exciting project in one of the UK’s best radiotherapy research groups?

We are looking for a research fellow in medical physics to further our novel work in re-irradiation of cancer patients. The Leeds Radiotherapy Research Group is conducting internationally leading research on technical innovation in re-irradiation, and we are ready to expand the team.

Re-irradiation involves delivery of a second course of radiotherapy to a previously treated part of the body. To do so safely, careful assessment of the combined radiation dose is required, taking anatomical changes and radiobiology into account. You will be working with image registration techniques to map dose distributions between different scans of the same patient, to assess the radiation delivered to sensitive normal tissue and to guide re-irradiation treatment planning.

You will be collaborating with medical physicists, clinical oncologists, and computer scien­tists. Your primary focus will be on lung and pelvic cancers, but you may work on other cancers as well (e.g. brain and head & neck cancer). You will be responsible for a study linking clinical outcomes in lung re-irradiation to the dose delivered; and may get the opportunity to contribute to other exciting projects on novel re-irradiation technologies.

The ideal candidate has a background in medical physics or imaging, with at least a basic understanding of radiotherapy. They will have worked with medical images, preferably in DICOM format, and will understand the challenges involved in image registration. Previous research in radiotherapy and/or deformable image registration as well as analysis of clinical outcome data would be advantageous.

The Leeds Radiotherapy Research Group offers a multidisciplinary research en­viron­ment in a leading UK university, with strong ties to one of Europe’s largest cancer centres. We have an extensive national and international network in re-irradiation research. Additionally, we have substantial track record in securing externally funded fellowships, and will actively be supporting you to further develop your career.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Ane Appelt, Associate Professor in Medical Physics

Tel: +44 (0) 750 244 7087, Email: [email protected] 

As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students and staff from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Within the Faculty of Medicine & Health we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+; and people with disabilities. Candidates will always be selected based on merit and ability.

Location:  Leeds - St James University Hospital
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:  Leeds Institute of Medical Research (LIMR)
Section:  Division of Oncology
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £35,333 to £42,155 p.a.
Working Time:  1.0fte
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (available until 31 January 2024)
Release Date:  Thursday 02 February 2023
Closing Date:  Thursday 23 February 2023
Reference:  MHLMR1108

The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.

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