Postdoctoral Research Associate in MR Image Analysis

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health - Academic Unit of Radiology - Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

Contract Type: Fixed-term for 3 years.
Salary: Grade 7
£30,688 to £38,833 per annum, with potential to progress to £42,418.


Applications are invited for a 3 year fixed-term Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Academic Unit of Radiology at the University of Sheffield to develop image analysis techniques for application to a variety of neurological disorders. This is one of three positions that will work within a team of leading imaging scientists, radiologists and their collaborators developing advanced image processing and magnetic resonance imaging techniques. It is expected that there will be some overlap of interests between the posts, providing the successful candidate with the opportunity to collaborate and further broaden their skill base and experience.

The post will involve developing and evaluating novel computational MR image analysis methods for application to the range of neurological disorders studied within the Unit. Key applications within the group include the assessment of normal foetal development and foetal brain abnormalities in utero, characterising how these abnormalities manifest through childhood with follow-up imaging, development of methods for quantifying cerebellar abnormalities, imaging of diabetes, epilepsy and cerebral small vessel disease. A wide range of imaging techniques are currently employed to study these diseases, including detailed structural imaging, diffusion imaging, spectroscopy, relaxometry, perfusion imaging (ASL and DSC-MRI) and blood-brain barrier imaging (DCE-MRI). Research will focus on improving the characterisation of brain abnormalities using techniques such as computational modelling, registration, segmentation and machine learning.

The post will particularly suit candidates from an engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics background with a PhD, or previous postdoctoral experience in biomedical image analysis, or a related area. Experience with any of the MR imaging techniques and their analysis would be advantageous, as would some experience of computer programming. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop their portfolio of research aligned to one or more of the imaging techniques and application areas depending on their own interests and expertise.

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