Paradigm Hardware Developer

London (Greater) (GB)
Maximum salary, including London Weighting is £34,442
Thursday, 15 July 2021
End of advertisement period
Friday, 3 September 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Job description

The Department of Neuroimaging hosts cutting-edge research facilities based at King’s College London. Its primary area of focus is functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, but it is also involved in psychological and other neuroimaging modalities. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the development team who are responsible for the planning and development of the hardware systems required to support a dynamic range of innovative research activities. Such hardware systems include fibre optic controllers and instruments for: 

• Pneumatic stimulation 

• Delivery of liquids for consumption 

• Circulation of hot and cold fluids 

• Electrical stimulation 

• Laser stimulation including optogenetics 

• Detection and logging of overt, covert and physiological responses 

The post holder will be responsible for interfacing with our collaborators to interpret requirements, and to plan and design novel hardware solutions. The post holder will require a strong background in the design and development of electronic and mechanical instruments. 


This post will be offered on an indefinite contract. 

This is a full-time post.


Key responsibilities

• Liaise with our research collaborators to plan and design bespoke hardware solutions. 

• Design, prototype, produce and troubleshoot a wide range of electronic, mechanical and pneumatic instruments for the presentation of stimuli and the recording of participant feedback. 

• Design and print 3d structures used to house bespoke hardware systems. 

• Ensure equipment is maintained in good working order. 

• Ensure all hardware used within the Magnetic Resonance (MR) environment complies with relevant Health and Safety regulations and has been appropriately tested to ensure MR safety. 

• Provide training and support to our research teams in the use of bespoke equipment. 

• Provide input into the development of research protocols, documentation and related procedures. 


The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria 

• Proven knowledge of hardware development principles and good engineering practices. 

• Experience with hardware and software fault finding and fault resolution. 

• Knowledge of micro-controller programming for precise timing of solenoid, switch and signal control. 

• Ability to work unsupervised as part of a multidisciplinary team. 

• Flexibility and adaptability to cope with frequent and unpredictable interruptions and shifting priorities. 

• Analytical and problem-solving skills. 


Desirable criteria 

• Familiarity with state-of-the-art functional MR paradigm hardware and software 

• Experience of building systems to operate within an MR environment. 

• Knowledge of one or more computer programming languages such as C#, C++, Rust 


Further information

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance. 

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