Research Associate in Machine Learning for 3D Histology

University College London - UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Juan Eugenio Iglesias has been recently awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). This 5-year award has provided 1.5 million euros to construct a next-generation computational atlas of the human brain using ex vivo samples (histology, ex vivo MRI), along with companion tools that apply the atlas to the automated segmentation of in vivo scans in neuroimaging studies. This project is in close collaboration with the UCL Brain Bank, which is providing the brain samples, as well as performing the histological analysis.

We are seeking a talented and enthusiastic post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) to develop image analysis methods for the 3D reconstruction of the histological data in this exciting project. The PDRA will combine synthesis and segmentation techniques (Bayesian and/or deep learning based, e.g., U-Net, CycleGAN) with registration methods developed at the Translational Imaging Group. These techniques will be used to recover the 3D structure of histological samples from human brain specimens provided by the UCL Brain Bank. The resulting reconstructed data will be used to build next-generation brain atlases in later stages of the ERC project.

This project provides an exciting opportunity for a PDRA at the interface between machine learning, medical image analysis and neuroscience, with a huge potential impact on the neuroimaging field. The post is funded for 2 years in the first instance.

The successful candidate must have a PhD or equivalent research experience in computer vision, neuroimaging, or biomedical image analysis. Applicants with degrees in Physics or Applied Mathematics will also be considered along with applicants close to submission of a thesis. Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,316 - £31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

The candidate must have a strong background in image analysis along with a good publication track record in top journals and conferences.

Expertise in programming or using high-level languages or packages and the ability to work in Linux environment is also essential.

UCL vacancy reference: 1700056

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. If you have any queries regarding the scientific content of the vacancy, please contact Dr. Juan Eugenio Iglesias ( e.iglesias@ucl.ac.uk ) For general application queries, please contact Ms Sarah Jeffrey s.jeffrey@ucl.ac.uk

Interview Date: TBC

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