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Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Computational Orthopaedics Imaging

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
£38,826 - £43,239 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
18 May 2023

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Academic Discipline
Life sciences
Job Type
Research Related, Research Associate
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

Job description

Spine surgery encompasses a variety of intricate surgeries, all of which aim at improving patients’ activity levels, quality of life, satisfaction with procedures, spine stability, reducing pain and other related symptoms. The purpose of this role is to develop, extract and analyse imaging biomarkers predictive of good surgical outcome.  

Tools such as image segmentation and image registration, will enable to extract relevant information about disk volumes, nerve root canal compression or spine mobility amongst others. They will have to process cross-sectional information as well as longitudinal scans to monitor evolution over time. In addition, these tools will have to be robust to the presence of metal artefact due to implemented hardware such as surgical screws or rods. 

The successful applicant will have access to a large database of retrospective data acquired at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This includes imaging data: MRI, CT, Xray acquired pre-, intra- and post-surgery, as well as non-imaging information extracted from Electrical Patient Records, radiological read reports and surgical theatre system. They will also be granted access to large external non-imaging database of over 250k patients. 

The post-holder will have the opportunity to work closely with the clinical team as well as with Medtronic, the project funder. 

The successful applicant will have experience in medical image processing using machine learning and non-learning-based approaches for medical image registration and/or segmentation. They will also be knowledgeable in software development using Python and relevant modules such as MONAI, PyTorch. The post-holder will have knowledge in statistical analysis and modelling to extract information from large scale database. 

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

This is a full-time post

Key responsibilities

•       Development of analytical tools to extract quantitative information from medical images (MRI, CT, Xray, …)  

•       Development of machine learning tool for prognosis. 

•       Perform statistical analyses and modelling on large datasets. 

•       Data curation and organization in a structured infrastructure. 

•       Adhere to project’s milestone deadlines. 

•       Publish methods and findings in international journal. 

•       Actively collaborate will clinical and industrial partners. 

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 degree in relevant area 

2.       Experience in medical image processing 

3.       Experience in machine learning 

4.       Experience in statistical analysis 

5.       Experience in developing good quality software using Python 

6.       History of publishing research articles in international journals and/or conferences. 

Desirable criteria

1.       Experience in medical image registration. 

2.       Experience in developing machine learning tools using the MONAI framework. 

3.       Experience in working in a multi-disciplinary team.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

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