Job Opportunity – Postdoctoral Research Fellow

P60522 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences

This STFC-funded RCUK Innovation Fellowship is available from 1 April 2018 for up to three years to participate in a multidisciplinary research programme on the use of radiative transfer modelling to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The post

You will work alongside physicists, mathematicians, biologists, and clinicians in applying Monte Carlo radiative transfer modelling to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The use of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of skin and other cancers will be a particular focus, along with the use of deep Raman spectroscopy as a diagnostic tool for breast cancer.

You will undertake short-term placements with our non-academic partners (based at the Royal Cornwall and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals) in order to better understand the clinical challenges, and to receive training in the best practice for the treatment and diagnosis of cancer. The Fellowship is associated with funds for international travel and personal computing equipment, as well as access to the University’s supercomputing facilities.

You will be hosted in the Wellcome-funded Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis (CBMA). The CBMA brings together mathematicians, physicists, and computer scientists with biologists and clinicians to enable breakthroughs in biomedical and clinical research. The CBMA is part of the Living Systems Institute, which is housed within a new 52 million pound building.

About you

You will:

  • Possess a relevant PhD and have a strong track-record in radiative transfer
  • Have experience in Monte Carlo methods and code development
  • Have a high level of analytical ability, as well as be able to communicate complex and conceptual ideas to a range of groups, including scientists from outside your own immediate research area, and to participate as part of an interdisciplinary team to develop new research ideas
  • You will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations

Although a background in biomedical modelling would be an advantage, we encourage applications from experts from other fields who wish to apply their knowledge to the healthcare domain.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.

Applications may be made here.


The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (ifapplicable).

The starting salary will be from £34,520 up to £38,833 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.

The closing date for completed applications is Sunday 25th February 2018. Interviews areexpected to take place during the week commencing Monday 5th March 2018.

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