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Clinical Research Fellow in Neonatal Brain MRI

London (Central), London (Greater)
£40,470 - £57,570 per annum, plus £2162 London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
12 May 2024

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Job Type
Research Related
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

About the role

This role sits within the Department of Perinatal Imaging (name will be changing to Early Life Imaging), King’s College London.

The postholder will be based in the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences in King’s College London which has a multidisciplinary faculty of clinicians and academics and state-of-the-art facilities for carrying out cutting-edge imaging research. The role also closely liaises with the Neonatal Unit at Guy’s & St Thomas’, now the largest in the South Thames Region and one of the largest in the United Kingdom having completed in the recent years an expansion project, with 20 Intensive Care, 12 High Dependency and 20 Special Care beds. There are over 7,000 births per year on-site, the majority of which are from a high risk, inner city local population. There is an academic Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine Department.  A substantial number of antenatal referrals and in-utero transfers occur due to a wide range of Maternal Medicine tertiary services, including Diabetes, Lupus, Cardiology and Renal Medicine. Fetal Medicine and Fetal Cardiology services also account for many of these.

There is a close working relationship with subspecialties including the departments of Paediatric Neurology and Neurodisability, Fetal and Paediatric Cardiology, Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Paediatric General Surgery, Paediatric Anaesthesia, , Paediatric Nephrology & Urology, Paediatric Metabolic Medicine, Paediatric ENT, Plastic Surgery (including the Regional Cleft Lip & Palate Service), Orthopaedic Surgery and Genetics

The candidate will support and enable the imaging of children, infants and fetuses in the Evelina Newborn Imaging Centre (based at St Thomas’s Hospital) to support the work across a number of imaging studies in the department’s portfolio. 

These include (but are not limited to): Autism Innovative Medicine Studies-2-Trials (AIMS-2-Trials), which aims to increase our understanding of autism and help develop new therapies to improve health outcomes and quality of life for autistic people; the UK’s only ultra-high field (7 Tesla) MR imaging programme which includes high resolution functional imaging studies; simultaneous EEG-fMRI studies of infant learning; the development of novel MR imaging methods on a portable ultra-low field Hyperfine MRI scanner as part of the Gates Foundation UNITY project.

This is a full-time post (40 Hours per week) but candidates wishing to work part time will also be considered. You will be offered a fixed term contract for 12 months in the first instance.

About You

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

  1. MBBS or equivalent primary medical qualification  
  2. Full UK GMC registration and a licence to practise  
  3. Specialty qualification in Paediatrics (MRCPCH or equivalent) 
  4. Newborn Life Support training or equivalent  
  5. Clinical training in paediatrics (including general paediatrics, neonatology, paediatric sub-specialties) 
  6. Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics  
  7. Knowledge and experience of caring for sick newborn infants, particularly preterm infants 
  8. Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment

Desirable criteria

  1. Clinical training in tertiary level neonatology  
  2. Evidence of academic or research achievements (e.g. degrees, prizes, awards, distinctions, publications, presentation…) 
  3. Experience in Neonatal MR imaging and/or image analysis, undertaking scientific research and comprehensive clinical experience in neonatal medicine

Full details of the role and the skills and experience required, can be found in the attached job description which provided on the next page.

Further information

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and/or Occupational Health clearances.

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.


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.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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