Medical and Health Care Studies: Fully Funded Swansea and Grenoble Joint PhD Scholarship

  • Phd
  • Full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend
  • 7 June 2022

Medical and Health Care Studies: Fully Funded Swansea and Grenoble Joint PhD Scholarship: Microbeam Radiotherapy with High-purity Diamond Detectors

Funding providers: Swansea University and Université Grenoble Alpes

Subject areas: Medical and Health Care Studies

Project start date:

  • 1 October 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-September)

Project supervisors:

  • Dr Richard Hugtenburg - Swansea University
  • Dr Jean-Francois Adam - Université Grenoble Alpes, DCM

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Medical and Health Care Studies

Mode of study: Full-time

Project description:

Microbeam radiotherapy is a leading contender among novel radiotherapy treatments, offering enhanced normal-tissue sparing at high-dose rates. A current international objective is to translate the treatment into human clinical trials envisaged to be carried out in the near future at 3rd generation X-ray synchrotron facilities, including the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the Australian Synchrotron (AS).

High-purity diamond detectors have the potential to offer significant improvements in dosimetric accuracy, required to safely deliver treatments. In this project the PhD candidate will undertake experimental assessment and modelling of existing detectors and direct the prototyping of new dosimeter designs.

The performance of diamond-based dosimeters will be examined using Monte Carlo methods, utilising high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure. Prototype diamond detector designs will be implemented through connections with partner fabrication laboratories and tested on radiation therapy systems Swansea Bay University Hospital and the biomedical beamline at the ESRF in Grenoble.

The supervisory team will be lead by Dr Hugtenburg at Swansea University and Dr Adam at University Grenoble Alpes. The institutions bring extensive expertise in the medical physics subject area, including next-generation clinical technologies, HPC methodology and detector design.

The PhD is funded by Swansea University and Universite Grenoble Alpes, and as such the student will spend the 1st year at Swansea, followed by 18 months at UGA, with the final 6 months, write-up and submission at Swansea. The student will travel frequently to perform experiments at the ESRF in Grenoble through-out the candidature.

Eligibility

As this is a joint degree, applicants must meet entry/funder requirements of both universities: a recognised master’s degree in Physics or compatible engineering or physical science discipline, and appropriate English language qualification.

Experience in medical physics subject area, computer modelling is required.

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with no individual component below 6.5) or Swansea recognised equivalent.

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.

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Benefits

This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend of £16,062, reviewed annually in line with UKRI rates. (For the time spent at Universite Grenoble Alpes, equivalent funding defined by the institution will be provided.)

Additional research expenses will also be available.

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