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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ultrahigh Field MRI

London (Central), London (Greater)
£43,205 - £50,585 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
22 May 2024

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About us

The post will be based at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London in the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King’s College London: There is an unmatched infrastructure in place to support the planned work, including one of the UK’s only 7 Tesla MRI systems located inside a hospital environment, state-of-the-art engineering and physics laboratories, high-performance computing, and industry collaboration through the London Institute for Healthcare Engineering. The work is also being done in collaboration with the Martinos Centre, MGH-Harvard and funds are available for spending time at that institution during the post.

About the role

We are seeking an ambitious and motivated MR physicist to join our multidisciplinary team in a pioneering MRC funded project exploring the early development of activity in the brain in newborn infants using ultra-high field (7 Telsa) MRI.

The primary focus of this role will be to perform methods development work in the highly specialized area of ultrahigh field magnetic resonance imaging of infants. Performing imaging studies with the infant population introduces many specific challenges which may be further enhanced at ultrahigh field including but not limited to: safety considerations, accounting for age specific tissue properties, and addressing motion artefacts. Resolving these will require complex problem solving through integrating, cutting-edge methodology and working closely as part of a team including clinicians, neuroscientists, engineers and computer scientists, all of whom are engaged with studying the early developing brain with previously unprecedented precision.

The post holder will have a good understanding of MR physics and engineering and be experienced with pulse sequence design/optimization and image reconstruction. Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams and prior experience with ultrahigh field MRI are also desirable.

This is a full time post, and you will be offered a fixed term contract for up to 24 months

About You

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

Essential criteria

  1. PhD qualified in relevant subject area (or pending results)*.
  2. 1st or 2nd class honours degree
  3. Experience with MR scanning technology, methodology and their clinical application
  4. Expertise and knowledge of MR physics and MR sequence development
  5. Experience of working with image data (e.g. postprocessing and image reconstruction)Ability to work without close supervision
  6. Ability to work without close supervision

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience with ultrahigh field MR including safety assessment
  2. Knowledge and experience of sequence programming on Siemens MR systems
  3. Knowledge and experience of advanced MR image reconstruction including motion and distortion correction
  4. Experience with functional MRI acquisitions and experiments
  5. Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment

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.

* 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 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.

This role does meet the requirements of the Home Office and therefore we are able to offer sponsorship for candidates who require the right to work in the UK.


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