About the Project
One possible method of determining proton range is through the detection of the prompt gamma-rays that are emitted naturally during therapy. It has been shown experimentally that the intensity of the gamma-rays emitted during proton beam therapy correlate well with the Bragg peak and end-of-range. Thus, by detecting these prompt gamma-rays and determining their origin the proton beam range could be established. This project aims to develop a clinical prompt gamma-ray detection system based on LaBr3 scintillation detector technology. Building on the novel 3D gamma-ray reconstruction algorithm, developed in-house, a prototype multi-detector system will be built and tested in the Manchester proton beam therapy research facility. The performance of the system will be investigated in a near-to clinical environment.
Candidates must hold, or be about to obtain, a minimum upper second class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. A related master’s degree would be an advantage.
UK applicants interested in this project should make direct contact with the Primary Supervisor to arrange to discuss the project further as soon as possible. International applicants (including EU nationals) must ensure they meet the academic eligibility criteria (including English Language) as outlined before contacting potential supervisors to express an interest in their project. Eligibility can be checked via the University Country Specific information page (https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/international/country-specific-information/).
If your country is not listed you must contact the Doctoral Academy Admissions Team providing a detailed CV (to include academic qualifications – stating degree classification(s) and dates awarded) and relevant transcripts.
Following the review of your qualifications and with support from potential supervisor(s), you will be informed whether you can submit a formal online application.
To be considered for this project you MUST submit a formal online application form - full details on how to apply can be found on the CRUK Manchester Centre PhD Training Scheme (MCRC) website https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/funded-programmes/mcrc-training-scheme/
General enquiries can be directed to [Email Address Removed].
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Interview date – 8 January 2021
The duration of this project is four years to commence in October 2021.
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