Research Associate in Low Field (0.55T) Magnetic Resonance Imaging

London (Greater)
Grade 6, £38,826 - £45,649 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
28 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
23 Feb 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description
A post-doctoral research associate position is available at King’s College London within the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences, 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 recently funded project on the development of novel techniques for low field MRI, with a focus on MR-thermometry. The applicant will join an interdisciplinary environment with a strong experience and expertise in diagnostic & interventional MRI as well as in image processing. The project will involve the development of novel MR acquisition and reconstruction techniques for low field MR-thermometry, publishing in high impact journals and presenting findings at international conferences. The post-holder will work under the supervision of Dr. Sébastien Roujol & Dr. Enrico De Vita. 
The successful candidate should have a PhD in biomedical engineering, medical physics 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 an a fixed-term contract for 2 years (latest end date 27 April 2024)  
This is a full-time post

Key responsibilities

  • Lead research in developing, testing and evaluating novel acquisition and reconstruction techniques for temperature measurement using low field MRI. 
  • Work with clinical colleagues to implement the methods developed and participate in early studies to evaluate them and make any modifications required 
  • Undertake research of high quality.
  • Disseminate the methods developed and results obtained to the wider scientific community in suitable meetings and publications.
  • Present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research, e.g. steering groups.
  • 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.
  • 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 

1.       PhD in biomedical engineering, medical physics or related fields (at or near completion) * 
2.       Experience in MR image acquisition and reconstruction 
3.       Experience in image/signal processing  
4.       Experience in MATLAB and C++ 
5.       Presenting scientific research in the form of papers, posters and oral presentations 
Desirable criteria 
1.       Experience in MR pulse sequence development (Siemens environment preferred) 
2.       Experience in phantom, volunteer and patient scanning with MR imaging  
3.       Applying specialist knowledge in the context of medical imaging 
4.       Experience in multidisciplinary research 
*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. 
Further information

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.