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Research Fellow in Biomedical Fluorescence Imaging

UCL - Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering Photoacoustic Imaging Group

Location: London
Salary: £36,770 to £40,928 UCL Grade 7, per annum, inclusive of London Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th January 2022
Closes: 31st January 2022
Job Ref: 1881092
 

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow position to work on the development of a near infrared and shortwave infrared fluorescence imaging scanner applied to cancer. The scanner will be used to image antibody-conjugated dyes to improve the accuracy of fluorescence-guided surgery of paediatric solid cancer. The scanner will also be combined with an all-optical photoacoustic imaging instrument to create a dual modality intraoperative imaging system to better detect cancer cells that remain during surgical removal and to improve the visualisation of vital organs and vessels.

The ultimate goal is to translate the findings to a human clinical trial and the job maybe extended accordingly subject to further funding. The UCL Photoacoustic Imaging Group is part of the Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory, and has a great deal of experience in developing advanced optical instrumentation for biomedical imaging. The successful applicant will be expected to draw on, and build on this experience.

The position is available immediately and is initially funded for 2 years.

An engineer or physicist with strong applied optical engineering skills is sought. Candidates must have a PhD in a relevant subject or equivalent qualifications and/or work experience. Practical experience in the development of optical techniques such as fluorescence spectroscopy or fluorescence imaging systems for biomedical applications is essential. The project is funded by a Wellcome Trust Innovator Award (PI: Mr Stefano Giuliani) and it will be carried out in collaboration with research groups at the UCL Great Ormond Street (GOS) Institute of Child Health, the Institute of Cancer Research (Marsden), and the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS) at UCL.

Therefore, enthusiasm in the project, good inter-personal skills and experience of interdisciplinary working are essential. Knowledge of, or a wider interest in, Biomedical optics or Photoacoustics, is advantageous but not essential.  Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £32,217 - £33,958 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

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

Further information about the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering can be found here https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medical-physics-biomedical-engineering

Further information on the research activities of the Photoacoustic Imaging Group and the Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory can be found at:http://www.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/research/mle/index.htm and https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medical-physics-biomedical-engineering/research/research-groups/biomedical-optics-research-laboratory-borl

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Dr Ollie Ogunlade (o.ogunlade@ucl.ac.uk) or Prof Paul Beard (paul.beard@ucl.ac.uk).

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Tracy Pearmain on medphys.hr@ucl.ac.uk.

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

Interview Date: TBC

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