Novel Complementary Diagnostics for Improved Therapeutics / Theranostics

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Closing Date: 2nd July 2021


Do you have a passion for using imaging to transform medical diagnosis and personalised health treatment?

EPSRC-funded four-year PhD studentships in Novel Complementary Diagnostics for Improved Therapeutics/Theranostics

The University of Nottingham, in partnership with the University of Queensland, Australia

Applications are open for two fully funded PhD studentships at the University of Nottingham. An Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Programme (EPSRC-DTP) will fund the successful UK candidates, with support from Nottingham’s flagship Centre for Additive Manufacturing and the Precision Imaging Beacon.

This thematic DTP is in collaboration with the University of Queensland, Australia, with research placements of up to six months at Queensland an integral part of the studentship.

These studentships will deliver significant improvements in medical imaging/treatment by the co‑application of a range of biomedical imaging modalities. There will be scope for applicants to develop project themes with supervisors across a broad range of clinical targets (oncology, neuroscience, renal, and cardiovascular), with a focus on imaging applications in:

  • Contrast agent development/therapeutics delivery
  • Clinical/preclinical translation

The DTP underlines a deepening collaboration between the universities of Nottingham and Queensland. Nottingham, home of the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre and birthplace of MRI, and Queensland’s Centre for Advanced Imaging, are world leaders in precision medical imaging.

The supervisory teams will include academics from Nottingham and Queensland, which share a vision of training world-leading researchers. Both institutions are Universitas 21 members, an international consortium of leading, research-intensive universities dedicated to strong collaborative engagement.

Support for the DTP from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council also underlines the UK’s commitment to accelerate the translation of novel healthcare and manufacturing technologies.

A cohort of eight doctoral students will work across both institutes on thematically linked PhD projects, spanning all areas of imaging science, from synthetic chemistry and chemical engineering to physics, biology, and translation.

A virtual open day will be held on Tuesday 15 June, 9.30am – 12pm, to further explain the theme and discuss potential project areas. If you wish to join this optional session, please e-mail Individual Projects will be advertised following the open day, for start dates in early 2022.


The funded PhD projects will be undertaken for the full four years of the studentship and will include transferable skills training. Successful applicants will receive a stipend (£15,609 per year for 2021/22). Funding will also cover full tuition fees and a Research Training Support Grant.


Fully funded studentships are available for UK applicants, who are expected to have or obtain, a First or 2:1 in a relevant discipline. If you are an EU applicant and can confirm residency in the UK for at least three years before October 2020, you may also be eligible for a full award.

Closing Date

Friday 2 July.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to make early contact with Professor

Derek Irvine ( and the Precision Imaging Beacon (

To apply, please complete the online application form available at: including your CV and quoting “EPSRC DTP Thematic” in the personal statement section. Upon submission, send an email to stating your application ref number and attach the CV included in your application.

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Nottingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,609
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 4th June 2021
Closes: 2nd July 2021

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