PhD position at the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester

Position: PhD student for Optimising image guidance quality for high-accuracy proton therapy

Institution: University of Manchester

Location: Manchester, UK

Application closes at: Dec 1st, 2017 00:00

University of Manchester

Project Description

Proton therapy has the potential to reduce treatment side effects compared to conventional photon radiotherapy. Due to limited availability, it is crucial to identify patients who are the best candidates. Ideally, the selection should be based solely on clinical factors: patients who get the most benefit should get prioritised access. Unfortunately today, this is only partially true as technical challenges prevent proton therapy to be safely delivered to moving or variable anatomy. By increasing the quality of image guidance available on the treatment machines, we enable developing strategies to account for these anatomical changes and improve the quality of proton delivery for all patients. 

The overall project has 3 main aims: 

This project will develop clinical workflows for optimal image-guidance quality and bring results to the clinic. Patients treated with proton therapy will benefit from improved imaging quality in three ways:  

Daily, by ensuring that the position of the tumour in the treatment beam is optimal

For more information about this PhD scheme please visit http://www.crukcentre.manchester.ac.uk/Training/PhD-Training-Scheme 

Funding Notes

The Studentship will cover an annual stipend (currently at £19,000 per annum), running expenses and PhD tuition fees at UK/EU rates. Where international student fees are payable, please provide evidence with your application of how the shortfall will be covered (approximately £16,000 per annum). 

Candidates must hold, or be about to obtain, a minimum upper second class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in relevant subject. A related master's degree would be an advantage. 

To apply please visit http://www.crukcentre.manchester.ac.uk/Training/PhD-Training-Scheme/Application-Process-and-Important-Dates