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Research Assistant in Computational Imaging

Heriot-Watt University - School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £26,243 to £30,395 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th November 2018
Closes: 10th December 2018
Job Ref: IRC17209

The position is with the Biomedical and Astronomical Signal Processing group (BASP, at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh ( The research of the BASP group spans Data Science from theory and algorithms to application in astronomy and medicine. The group is headed by Dr Yves Wiaux, Professor in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

BASP is part of the Edinburgh Joint Research Institute in Signal and Image processing between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh (JRI-SIP, The Joint Research Institute is a successful collaborative research venture exploiting complementary skills from the Institute for Digital Communications at the University of Edinburgh, and the Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems at Heriot-Watt University. Formed in 2005, it offers a critical mass of more than 20 academic staff, supported by over 100 research staff and students, delivering world leading research and technology transfer in all areas of signal and image processing.

BASP is at the core of a large international research project for the development of computational imaging algorithms in astronomy and medicine.

The project aims to (i) define new concepts for Fourier imaging in a ``Big Data’’ context, on both levels of data acquisition and image recovery, and validate them through numerical simulation; (ii) design fast, parallelised and distributed algorithms, and provide a professional software implementation; (iii) apply these developments to radio-interferometric imaging in astronomy in the perspective of next-generation instruments such as the Square Kilometre Array; (iv) apply these developments to magnetic resonance imaging in medicine with the aim of enabling fast high resolution quantitative imaging. The project has access to data from state-of-the-art facilities.

The appointee will focus on developments of a fast algorithm for wide-band polarisation imaging in radio interferometry in astronomy, and its validation on real data. This position is short-term and is consequently targeting researchers already highly specialised in the fields of interest. 

You will be educated to degree level in Electrical Engineering with several years of of experience in research with a focus on computational imaging, with direct application to radio-interferometric imaging. Deep knowledge of convex/nonconvex optimisation algorithms.

The post is available for three months.

For application details and further information please go to:

Closing Date: 10 December 2018

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