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PhD Studentship in MosMed CDT: Development of MRI scan methods to image inhaled fluorocarbon gases as biomarkers of lung structure and function

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Number of awards:

Start date and duration:
September 2019 for 4 years.

Lung diseases are a leading cause of death, and new treatments are emerging. Tests to determine patient response to new treatments are essential for disease management, and for development of new therapeutic approaches. We are developing new MRI-based tools to image lung ventilation properties, and this project will involve optimising MRI scanner hardware and scan protocol setup for visualisation of inhaled perfluoropropane (an inert MR-visible tracer), and development of new measures of lung perfusion, ventilation and microstructural properties. The new scan methods will be tested in studies of healthy volunteers and in patients with a lung disease.

Further details can be found at

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (

Name of supervisor(s):
Dr Pete Thelwall, Newcastle University (Lead).

Eligibility Criteria:
The successful candidate will hold first or upper second-class honours in a relevant undergraduate degree; typically this will be synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, theoretical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, structural biology, cell biology, molecular modelling, computer science, and biophysics.

How to apply:
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’ (

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk in the application portal must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

insert the programme code 8300F in the programme of study section
select PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (full time) - Cellular Medicine as the programme of study.
insert the studentship code MOS19-04 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code MOS19-04 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

For further information please contact Dr Pete Thelwall

+44 (0) 191 208 1156

Funding Notes

Full UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living allowance of £15,009 (at the 2018/19 UKRI rate).

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