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In Vivo Verification of Proton Therapy: Derivation of Delivered Radiation Dose via Prompt Gamma Imaging

  • Full or part time
    Dr T Pryer
    Dr M Tindall
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, March 04, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Conventional radiation therapy uses high energy beams of radiation to destroy cancerous cells. These beams are not local and can affect the surrounding tissue. Common side-effects of this include nausea and sometimes disruption to organ function. Proton therapy is an alternative treatment that uses proton beams that are better able to locally target specific areas. As a treatment, they do not affect the patient in the same way, with little to no noticeable side-effects.

The successful candidate will work on cutting-edge mathematical modelling of proton therapy cancer treatments in collaboration with the Royal Berkshire NHS, Proton Partners International and the National Physics Laboratory. This gives the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary research skills in an emerging topic of substantial investment nationally.

Funding Notes

Starts September 2019;
3-year award;
Tuition fees plus RCUK stipend;

Applicants should hold or expect to gain a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor Degree or equivalent in mathematics or another Mathematically based discipline.

Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is open only to UK/EU students. EU applicants only qualify for the stipend if they have been resident in the UK for the 3 years leading up to the start of the studentship.


(1)  Please quote the reference ‘GS18-022’ in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of your on-line application.

(2) When you are prompted to upload a research proposal, please omit this step.

Please note that, where a candidate is successful in being awarded funding, this will be confirmed via a formal studentship award letter; this will be provided separately from any Offer of Admission and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria.

How good is research at University of Reading in Mathematical Sciences?

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