About the Role
This project aims to improve the accuracy and precision of clinical functional imaging using joint
information from Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), Positron Emission Tomography
(PET) and x-ray Computed Tomography (CT). PET and SPECT are two of the main imaging modalities for
cancer detection and are also used for the detection of inflammation and calcification. They also play a
fundamental role in the newly established Theragnostic approach delivering patient-specific treatment and
therapy monitoring using images. For the first time, the synergistic reconstruction methods developed in
this project will fully exploit the data obtained from triple modality scanners. In addition, we will investigate
the possibility to jointly reconstruct data from SPECT/CT and PET/CT scans acquired at different time points.
Our aim is to increase the ability of these modalities to early detect and diagnose priority diseases, and to
monitor therapy effectiveness.
About You
Candidates must meet the UCL graduate entry requirements which include holding at least an upper
second-class degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant subject area such as physics, biomedical
engineering, computer science or applied mathematics. A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline and
additional research experience would be an advantage. Depending on experience the student will be
entered into either a 1-year MRes+3-year PhD programme, or a 4-year PhD.
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Informal enquiries and applications should be sent directly to Prof Kris Thielemans by email to k.thielemans@ucl.ac.uk with subject-line “trimodality PhD application” and include a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a cover letter.
 
About The Company

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

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