Research Associate in intra-operative specimen imaging using x-ray phase contrast CT

University College London - UCL Dept of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering is proud to host internationally-leading research groups covering a broad range of activities and is spread over several sites. Our staff and students have a diverse range of interests and expertise, covering many areas of physics, engineering, medicine, physiology, computer science, and mathematics. This provides a highly stimulating multidisciplinary environment for learning and for scientific research.

We are looking for an x-ray physicist/engineer to assist in the optimisation of the imaging system, scanning process, data acquisition and data analysis. The UCL Advanced X-Ray Imaging (AXIm - group has obtained funding to develop a novel phase-based x-ray CT scanner to be used in operating theatres for real-time imaging of tissue specimens. The involved research is highly innovative, and is expected to lead to the first clinical use of x-ray phase contrast imaging. The application was triggered by a pressing medical need, and indeed a full clinical team (surgeon, pathologist and radiologist) is directly involved in the project alongside a medical statistician. The project is supported by Nikon Metrology UK which will develop the pre-clinical prototype based on the results obtained at UCL, lead the clinical trial which will follow this project, and ultimately commercialise the technology for clinical use. As well as working in a world-leading lab, the successful candidate will collaborate closely with medical and industrial partners, consequently expanding her/his range of skills and employability profile.

Funding is initially available for 20 months with an expected start date of March 1st 2018.

It is expected that the successful candidate would have a first degree in Physics or Engineering, and a PhD in Physics or related subject, preferably in an area related to x-ray imaging. Previous essential experience in the field of x-ray phase contrast imaging and/or x-ray CT will be considered an advantage. Knowledge of additional software packages and ability to use them to control experimental hardware and data acquisition systems is a desirable.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD. Or if about to submit a PhD, the appointment will be at Grade 6B (30,316 - £31,967) salary, inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further information about the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering can be found here

UCL vacancy reference:1705515

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 this vacancy please contact Prof Sandro Olivo on If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Tracy Pearmain on 

Interview Date: TBC

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