Research Associate in Advanced Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging

London (Greater) (GB)
£38,304 - £45,026 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
May 14, 2021
End of advertisement period
Jun 13, 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

A post-doctoral research associate position is available at King’s College London within the Department of Biomedical Engineering, located at the St Thomas Hospital. King’s College London, with its 200 years of heritage, is recognised today as a world-leading research university.   


The post holder will participate in a BHF-funded project on MR-guided cardiac catheterisation, led by Dr. Sébastien Roujol. The applicant will join an interdisciplinary environment with a strong experience and expertise in cardiac/interventional MRI as well as in image processing. The project will involve the development of novel MR acquisition and reconstruction techniques for interventional MRI, publishing in high impact journals and presenting findings at international conferences. The post-holder will work under the supervision of Dr. Sébastien Roujol and in close collaboration with clinical collaborators (Dr. Kuberan Pushparajah and Prof. Reza Razavi). 


The successful candidate should have a PhD in biomedical engineering, medical physics, computer science or related fields. The candidate should have a strong experience and track record in at least one of the following: MRI sequence development and/or MR-reconstruction/image processing techniques.  


This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 2 years 

This is a full-time post

  Key responsibilities

  • To lead research in developing, testing and evaluating novel CMR acquisition and reconstruction techniques for interventional CMR. 
  • To work with clinical colleagues to implement the methods developed and participate in early studies to evaluate them and make any modifications required 
  • To undertake research of high quality.
  • To disseminate the methods developed and results obtained to the wider scientific community in suitable meetings and publications.
  • To lead activities designed to develop collaborative research with clinical and technical colleagues and set objectives to achieve effective research outcomes
  • To deal effectively with routine communication.
  • To communicate complex information orally and in writing to a non-technical audience, computing specialists, engineers and clinicians.
  • To initiate new collaborations to progress research
  • To present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research, e.g. steering groups.
  • To develop research plans and prepare proposals to attract research funding
  • Contribute to collaborative decision making with colleagues in the area of research.
  • Prioritize projects and tasks required to carry out the objectives.
  • Translate key objectives into a discrete set of achievable tasks.
  • Write up research work for publication.
  • Continually update knowledge and understanding in the field.
  • Collaborate with academic and industrial colleagues on areas of shared research interest.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant meetings.
  • Attend training courses, seminars, and conferences and give talks and seminars as required.
  • To liaise with other scientific and technical staff to solve technical problems.

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

  • PhD in biomedical engineering, medical physics, computer science or related fields (at or near completion) * 
  • Experience in MR image acquisition and reconstruction 
  • Experience in image/signal processing  
  • Experience in MATLAB and C++ 
  • Presenting scientific research in the form of papers, posters and oral presentations 
  • Working as part of a multidisciplinary research team, relying on and supporting others effectively 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to work to scientific deadlines  
  • Ability to work without close supervision  
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload  

Desirable criteria 

  • Experience in MR pulse sequence development (Siemens environment preferred) 
  • Experience in image-guided therapy  
  • Experience in phantom, volunteer and patient scanning with MR imaging  
  • Applying specialist knowledge in the context of medical imaging 

*Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

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