Vacancy (Research Scholarship Scheme)

Project Title
Pilot study of Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CEST MRI) in Brain Cancer Patients
UTAR Sg Long Campus
Appointment Duration
1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019
No. of Vacancy
1 (one)
Education Level
Minimum Bachelor degree with CGPA (2.5 and above)
Specific Skills / Knowledge Required
Good in programming software such as Matlab & C/C++
Job Description
Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death globally according to the World Health Organization. About 100 thousand of Malaysians suffer from cancer each year. When detected early, cancer is more likely to respond to treatment, leading to higher chance of surviving and lower treatment cost. However, about 60% of the reported cancer cases at the time of diagnosis in Malaysia are in the late stages.

In Malaysia, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is one of the standard medical imaging techniques for cancer diagnosis. Its strength lies in the ability to probe the metabolism of tissue and thus identify aggressive cancer from normal tissues. However, PET exposes the patients to ionising radiation, increasing the risk of developing new tumours. Whilst MRI is sometimes used to support PET imaging, it has not been able to supplant PET despite being lower cost and non-ionising.

The recent development of CEST MRI may offer equivalent metabolic information to that provided by PET without any of the associated risks and at substantially lower cost. This project aims to transfer CEST MRI from Oxford University to Malaysia and start a pilot study to use CEST MRI in brain cancer patients at UKM Medical Centre.

The successful candidate has to register for Master or Phd by Research at UTAR and will be paid a monthly stipend of RM 2500 in the first year and renewable in the second year, depending on the performance. The candidate needs to spend time at UTAR and UKM.
How to apply/strong
If you are interested, please contact Dr. Tee Yee Kai via email at