Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Computing)

University of Dundee - Molecular and Clinical Medicine

Summary of Job Purpose and Principal Duties

Duration of employment: This position is full-time and available to 31st March 2021.

Appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the Grade 7 salary scale is dependent upon you having been awarded a PhD. An appointment may be considered if you are shortly expected to be awarded a PhD. The initial appointment will be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 25 - 28 £27,098 - £30,688).

Role Purpose
The University of Dundee has been awarded a £7million grant from the National Institute of Health Research Global Health programme to establish a major new Scotland-India clinical partnership to combat diabetes. The new project will see Dundee’s world leading expertise in the use of genomics linked to medical records to deliver improved care in diabetes `twinned’ with the large patient data set (covering over 400,000 Indian diabetic patients) collected by Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, the largest clinical network of diabetes care in India.

The successful candidate will join the Computer Vision and Image Processing group (CVIP) and the Dundee VAMPIRE team co-ordinated by Professors Emanuel Trucco and Stephen J McKenna.

Principal Duties

  • You will be trained in the use of the VAMPIRE 3.1 package for semi-automatic measurement of large quantities of fundus-camera retinal images, and participate in a program of quantitation of retinal vascular properties in various image sets.
  • You will co-supervise VAMPIRE PhD students within the NIHR program, as well as MSc and final-year CompSci students choosing projects attached to the program.
  • You will collaborate closely with the other RAs in the Dundee team, collectively taking responsibility for co-organizing regular, technical project meeting in Dundee, as well as collaborate with the India team with modalities to be defined, including regular skype meetings and frequent email contacts.
  • You will take part in project meetings in Dundee and in Chennai, prepare any necessary presentation material, and contributing to organization where appropriate.
  • You will develop, and contribute to develop, (a) algorithms and software for retinal image analysis, including their systematic validation on data provided by project, as well as public data sets were appropriate; and (b) an analysis of the associations between quantitative retinal properties and diabetes-related clinical outcomes (kidney complications, diabetic retinopathy, others) based on machine learning and deep learning, and collaborate with the clinical statistics team to harmonize findings from machine learning and conventional statistics.
  • You will write, and contribute to write, high-quality technical papers for conferences and journals.

Where appropriate, you will contribute to public engagements activities, e.g. Science Festivals, Café Science and others.

Potential applicants are encouraged to have an informal discussion about the post with Professor Emanuele Trucco e.trucco@dundee.ac.uk.

For full details please see job description.

Additional Information
The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment.  We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (Athena Swan) which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

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