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MVLS/EPSRC - Magnetic resonance imaging physics for the study of small vessel disease in humans at ultra-high field


   College of Medicine, Veterinary and Life Sciences

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  Prof D Porter, Prof K Muir  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

We are looking for a physicist or engineer to participate in a major initiative to develop the Living Laboratory at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. This will integrate medical research across a range of disciplines, including technology development for clinical MRI, based in the Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE), which houses one of the first 7-tesla (7T) MRI scanners in a clinical setting. The PhD project will involve a close collaboration with partners in the NHS, Siemens Healthcare, and MR CoilTech, a local company with expertise in developing radiofrequency (RF) coils for MRI. The project will use 7T MRI to develop an advanced imaging capability for the diagnosis and characterisation of small-vessel disease in the brain. Compared to standard MRI at 1.5T or 3T, the higher signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) at this field strength improves the visualisation of smaller vessels using magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and the measurement of tissue perfusion using arterial spin labelling (ASL). The successful candidate will be involved in the design and implementation of new imaging methods using parallel-transmit techniques and dedicated RF hardware that is currently in development at ICE. The candidate will also contribute to a clinical study to assess the benefits of the new technology.


Funding Notes

Start: 1st October 2022

Qualifications criteria: Applicants applying for a studentship must have obtained, or will soon obtain, a first or upper-second class UK honours degree or equivalent non-UK qualification, in an appropriate discipline; Physical Sciences, Engineering, or other relevant disciplines. The MVLS/ESPRC grant provides tuition fees and stipend £16,062 (UKRI rate 2022/23).

View programme details here : https://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/mvls/graduateschool/mvlsepsrcstudentships/
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