Lecturer/Associate Professor in Advanced X-Ray Computer Tomography Systems and Applications

Southampton, United Kingdom
£39,152 to £64,145 per annum
02 Aug 2021
End of advertisement period
03 Sep 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Mechanical Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £39,152 to £64,145 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Friday 03 September 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1453721DA

You will join our team working in Advanced X-ray Computer Tomography (XCT) Systems and Applications with an emphasis on biomedical applications and play an integral role in developing and leading activities within the µ-VIS facility.

The µ-VIS Centre ( represents a strategic, multimillion pound investment in high resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography (XCT), combining a suite of state-of-the-art equipment and 20+ years of research experience, with the expertise of over 40 academic staff from across the university.  We offer a unique user experience for advanced 3D imaging, engaging in a holistic approach to imaging for science and engineering applications, alongside underpinning technique development. Internationally regarded as a leading XCT laboratory, the facility highlights include two of the largest high-energy micro-focus XCT systems in the UK (end 2021), two uniquely designed devices for medical soft tissue histology (see, and innovative in vivo fluorescence + XCT ( The latter systems are specifically hosted at Southampton General Hospital as part of a longstanding and close partnership between Engineering, the Faculty of Medicine, and the joint NHS/University Biomedical Imaging Unit (BIU, µ-VIS is proud to be one of the 4 designated UK University Centres forming a new £10M National Research Facility (NRF) for XCT (  

As part of the µ-VIS team, you will engage with the full spectrum of the lab’s activities (XCT development and applications research, excellence in academic service provision etc.), with oversight of Biomedical activities in particular.  

To be successful you will have an academic reputation, demonstrated by high-quality journal publications in your field as you will be committed to developing, largely through external funding, a research team in your area. In education, it goes without saying that you will develop and deliver a range of innovative teaching and assessment approaches in different areas of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering continually enhancing the student experience.  You will support us in developing our range of modules and project work and to widen our teaching activities in your area of interest. It is essential you have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in X-ray imaging, engineering, physical sciences, biological imaging or related subjects.

In addition, you will have a strong foundation in the fundamentals of X-ray imaging, but with a clear, strategic vision of how the technology can develop and create substantive impact for the future, from fundamental medical research through to clinical applications.  

Some research areas that would complement our existing strengths are: 

  • Micro-focus XCT system development
  • Correlative imaging
  • Advanced image processing (e.g. reconstruction, automated feature extraction)
  • Use of the above for a wide range of biological and medical applications

It isn't essential that you possess all of the above but expertise in any combination of above-mentioned areas would be beneficial. 

If you have general expertise in related areas within the remit of XCT applications in a wider biological context we would also welcome your application. You will join a very active department with inter-disciplinary research interests across the University, with strong links to the medical school, health sciences, life sciences, oceanography, archaeology, paleontology, where fundamental and applied problems are addressed with theoretical, experimental and computational methods. 

The post is offered on a full-time, permanent basis. The successful candidate will be appointed at either Level 5 or Level 6, dependant on experience.

Details of our different undergraduate programmes including modules that are currently delivered can be seen here: 


Biomedical Engineering:

For informal enquiries, please contact Head of Department, Prof. Philippa Reed

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1453721DA on all correspondence.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016.   We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy**, onsite childcare facilities

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

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