Research Associate for Near Spectroscopy Data Analysis

University College London - Department 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 to appoint a Research Associate, on a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation entitled: Brain Imaging for Global Health (BRIGHT).

The aim of the Brain Imaging for Global Health (BRIGHT) project is to develop brain function for age curves in Gambian and UK infants. These curves will be used to direct targeted interventions for infants at risk of malnutrition and other risk factors. The BRIGHT project is a collaborative study between UCL, Birkbeck University of London, Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia and Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. 

This position is for a postdoctoral researcher to develop functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) data analysis tools to characterise robust markers of typical and atypical development which can be used to identify the impact of adversity. The post is based at UCL but will involve direct collaboration with teams in the USA and Bangladesh and The Gambia.

The position is funded for 24 months.

Candidates must have a degree and PhD in a relevant science discipline and a proven research experience in functional near infrared spectroscopy. They must have direct experience of working with fNIRS data, and preferably infant studies, and developing analysis tools. The post holder must have excellent communications skills, flexibility, enthusiasm and the ability to build and maintain excellent working relationships. The post holder must be able to travel to, and spend time working in the USA, and visit field sites in The Gambia and Bangaldesh. 

The post holder is expected to be well organised, use their own initiative, have excellent time management skills and be able to prioritise and work to deadlines.

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 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

UCL vacancy reference:   1708205     

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

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

Further information can be found about the BRIGHT project via this link

If you have any queries regarding this vacancy please contact Prof Clare Elwell at If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Tracy Pearmain on

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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