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Retinal Imaging Research Associate

The University of Edinburgh - CMVM / MGPHS / USHER Institute

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £31,396 to £36,024 Grade UE06 per annum (pro-rata for part time)
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 8th January 2024
Job Ref: 9144

Full time (35 hours per week) or Part time (minimum 21 hrs per week) could be considered 

Fixed Term available from 1st January 2024 to 31st October 2024

Location: Usher Institute moves to a new building in Edinburgh Bioquarter, early 2024

We are looking for a person to work on the SCONe (Scottish Clinical Optometry Network e-research, https://www.ed.ac.uk/ophthalmology/scone) project and contribute to data retrieval (i.e. retinal photographs) from community optometrists in Scotland. The post holder will also involve and engage patients and the public with SCONe by organising and running focus groups and designing and carrying out a programme of qualitative research around patient and public perspectives on the use of unconsented medical data for research and the adoption of AI technology in optometry. Full time or part time working would be considered. Initial post length is 9 months with high likelihood of further extension.

The Opportunity:

SCONe is an exciting interdisciplinary project for the collection, curation and classification of retinal images and has the primary aim to investigate early-intermediate Age-related Macular Degeneration biomarkers and more widely, establish a world-leading retinal imaging biorepository. The current post will support data collection efforts and design and carry out a programme of qualitative research around patient and public perspectives on the use of unconsented medical data for research and the adoption of AI technology in optometry.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Miguel O. Bernabeu, Professor of Computational Medicine (miguel.bernabeu@ed.ac.uk)

Your skills and attributes for success: 

  • An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a field such as, for example, public health or optometry.
  • Experience in delivering qualitative research projects including aspects such as study design, implementation and analysis.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Experience in clinical research
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
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