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Research Associate in Radio-Frequency Design for Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Imperial College London - Mechanical Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £35,477 to £47,579 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st October 2019
Closes: 20th November 2019
Job Ref: ENG00977

Recent research within the Medical Engineering group has produced a novel MRI scanner which offers unique new capabilities for musculoskeletal imaging, particularly ligaments, tendons and cartilage, which are difficult to assess using conventional techniques. This new method has the exciting potential to become a game changer in diagnosing injuries or disease in joints, with important implications for subsequent treatment, for example of sports injuries. 

Having demonstrated the viability of the approach, we now have funding from the Wellcome Trust which aims to maximise the image quality from the new system and to enable early clinical studies, which will be conducted in collaboration with medical partners. 

­We are looking to hire a Research Associate to work on this new project, where we will be involving design and development of novel RF receivers, the associated electronic circuitry, and various related aspects of MRI system integration. There is a strong opportunity to be part of a team producing new IP with prospects for future commercialisation. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Your research role will primarily involve the design and development of novel RF receiver configurations suited for the MRI scanner with variable magnetic field orientation, and the associated circuitry and methods for automatic tuning and matching.
  • You will be a key member of a team which includes specialists experienced in various aspects of MRI and will take on a key role in system integration and preparation for clinical trials.
  • You will liaise with medical specialists involved in the project who will be the users of the system, and with the industrial collaborator supporting the project.
  • You will be expected to publish in top venues and contribute to the publications of the group. 

Skills, knowledge and experience 

You must have practical experience with radio-frequency (RF) system design and development, preferably in the context of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, including:

  • RF transmit and receiver coils and arrays and use of vector network analyser.
  • RF circuits, filtering, tuning, matching, detuning, switching, decoupling etc.
  • Computational modelling and analysis methods and tools.
  • Programming using languages such as Python or C++. 

Key information: 

Please note this is a re-advertisement; previous applicants need not apply. 

Due to the nature of this role we will be shortlisting candidate as applications are received. We therefore reserve the right to close this vacancy as soon as a suitable candidate has been appointed. It is therefore advisable that you submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

This is a fixed term position for up to 12 months in the first instance.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38566 per annum.

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please visit our website using the provided link for more information about the post and the application process.

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