Research Associate: Microstructural Imaging of the Spinal Cord

UCL Institute of Neurology - Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging

A postdoctoral position is available within the Physics Group at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (WTCN), UCL Institute of Neurology, part of a collaborative project “hMRI of SCI – Understanding the mechanisms of atrophy associated with spinal cord injury: the application of MRI-based in vivo histology and ex vivo histology”, funded by the MRC as part of the ERA-NET Neuron network.

The WTCN conducts cutting-edge research by means of functional and structural brain imaging, and is currently equipped with three 3 T MRI scanners (Siemens Prisma and Tim Trio architecture), an MEG system (CTF/VSM), and MR compatible EEG, tDCS, and TMS systems. One of the MRI systems is equipped with an optical tracking system for prospective motion correction (Kineticor). Our ambition is to further expand our use of ultra-high field imaging.

We seek a highly motivated individual to work within the WTCN Physics Group reporting to Dr Martina Callaghan, Head of Physics. This position will extend voxel-wise analyses within the Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) software to the level of the spinal cord and increase their sensitivity. The post holder will also develop models to better understand the relationship between morphological and microstructural changes after spinal cord injury.

Applicants must have a PhD or, if not already held, the PhD must have been obtained by the agreed start-date, in physics, biomedical engineering, mathematics, or a comparable subject. A strong background in MR physics or medical image computing is essential, as is expertise in programming high-level languages (e.g. Matlab or C/C++). Applicants must also be specialized in at least two of the following areas: biophysical modelling; artefact correction schemes; anatomical imaging; image registration algorithms; or probabilistic modelling.

The post is available from September 2017 and is funded by the Medical Research Council for a period of two years in the first instance. Starting salary on UCL Grade 7 £34,056 - £38,981 per annum including London Allowance, superannuable. Experience using the SPM software packages and building toolbox plugins is desirable, as is experience collaborating on neuroscience studies and with ultra-high field MRI (7T or above).

You should apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment ( where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1654961.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Samantha Robinson, HR Officer, Institute of Neurology, 23 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG (email:

Informal enquiries to Dr Martina Callaghan (email:

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Closing date: 4 September 2017.

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