Placements and Training

Training Opportunities

Early Career Researchers can apply to attend subsidised training modules at the University of Liverpool via CDN+, in topics relevant to cancer diagnosis. To be eligible applicants should be either directly funded by STFC or working on research within the remit of STFC. The modules are part of the MSc Medical Physics and MSc Bioinformatics programmes and will not be credit bearing. PhD students and researchers who have completed their PhD within the last 5 years are eligible to apply. If funding for accomodation and travel is required, please also complete a separate travel award application form. Please note that applications should be submitted to the CDN Project Manager at least 1 month before the chosen module takes place where possible (or at least 2 months if travel funding is also requested). We do accept late applications, if places are still available, so please do get in touch if you are interested.

Dates of each module and the application form can be found here. For further information, please contact our Training Lead, Dr Helen Boston hboston@liverpool.ac.uk

MSc current modules available:

  • Clinical Imaging Applications

  • Medical Statistics and Experimental Design

  • Networking and Hosting

  • Medical Information Technology

  • Nuclear Medicine

  • Non-ionising Imaging

  • Software Techniques and Modelling

  • Diagnostic Radiology

Student Placement Opportunities:

We are currently offering PhD students the opportunity to undertake a placement with one of our industrial partners. We have two opportunities currently available, placement durations are flexible and are to be agreed between the successful student and company. If you would like to be considered, please send a CV and covering letter to admin@stfccancerdiagnosis.org by Friday 19th November 2021. Please also get in touch if you are a company and would like to discuss the possibility of offering a student placement.


Placements are targeted specifically for students funded by STFC. In line with STFC studentship guidance, short term placements are encouraged to develop industrial knowledge and experience, but must be approved by your Supervisor. Placements must run alongside your PhD, so that you complete your studentship within the original time frame agreed. No stipend is offered for the placements, but you would be able to claim some travel and reasonable subsistence expenses if required. Placements are flexible, in terms of length and location (virtual placements may also be considered), and if approved we would work with you and our industrial partner to agree a suitable time and project duration.


Placements available:

Unitive Design & Analysis Ltd - The Unitive team has a wide range of experience in imaging and sensing across the electromagnetic spectrum from gamma and hard X-rays down to terahertz and mmwaves. An opportunity for someone interested in the development of medical devices or the translation of academic research into a tangible products to explore this interest and learn about industry. More information about the placement and requirements can be found here. To find out more about the Unitive Design team and their specialisms please visit their website: https://www.unitivedesign.co.uk/team.html

Kromek - An opportunity for a Physics Student with an interest in radiology to join our team and play a role in development of an innovative molecular breast imaging system based on semiconductor CZT detectors. We aim to use this technology to screen for breast cancer in women with dense breasts, replacing mammography for this application. The position is a part of a large medical imaging project aiming to combine a new radiation detection system design with innovative image reconstruction theory and algorithms to reduce the patient radiation dose and the scan time. More information about the placement and requirements can be found here. More info on the company : https://www.kromek.com/