Research Associate / Fellow - Microstructural MRI Physics

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Location: Cardiff, WALES
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Research Associate / Fellow - Microstructural MRI Physics

Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) is a state-of-the-art purpose-built premises housing 185 researchers, 4 human MRI systems (2 x Siemens Prisma 3T, 1 x Siemens Connectom [with 300mT/m gradients], 1 x Siemens 7T), MEG, EEG, TMS, tDCS, a clinical research facility and testing labs. We are pleased to announce the availability of a new MR physicist  2.5-year position to join the MR research team to work on the development of microstructural MRI using the Connectom 3T MRI system with 300mT/m gradients. We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic individual to develop research projects at CUBRIC by implementing new methods on this exciting MRI system.

This is a rare opportunity to join a successful imaging neuroimaging centre in a phase of strong growth and to work in a vibrant and positive research environment. CUBRIC provides an excellent combination of MR equipment and excellent environment in which to work across a diverse range of MR disciplines. The successful applicant should have expertise in MR physics / engineering, experience of MR neuroimaging methods and sequence optimisation and be able communicate the intricacies of MR imaging to individuals from a wide range of disciplines.

This position would suit a self-motivated individual with a proactive and flexible approach to work, and the ability to use initiative and creativity.

It is strongly recommended that interested candidates arrange for an informal discussions with Prof Derek K Jones (jonesd27@cardiff.ac.uk ) or Prof Richard Wise (wiserg@cardiff.ac.uk ) prior to submitting an application.
This position is full time and is fixed term, (duration 2.5 years). The appointment will be made at either Research Associate (Grade 6), or Research Fellow (Grade 7), according to the level of expertise and experience.

The post is available immediately.

The post duration is for 2 1/2 years, and will be made at either Research Associate (Grade 6), or Research Fellow (Grade 7) - according to the level of expertise and experience.

Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum (Grade 6)
£42,036 - £48,677 per annum (Grade 7)

It is not expected to appoint above starting salary grade 7.38 (£42,036 per annum)
Applications can only be made through Cardiff University jobs website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jobs/ . Full details of the required criteria for the position can be found in the job pack online.  Please submit with your full CV, together with a summary of research interests and career goals, and a clear statement of how you meet each of the essential criteria (and any of the desirable criteria) for the role.
For other job opportunities at CUBRIC and the School of Psychology, please see http://psych.cf.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs.html
Date advert posted: Thursday, 9 May 2019

Closing date: Sunday, 9 June 2019

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Evidencing Criteria - It is School of Psychology’s policy use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure when submitting this document/attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number.
If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed.


Job Description

Main function

To develop and support research in microstructural Magnetic Resonance Imaging of tissue and contribute to the overall research performance of Cardiff University, carrying out research leading to the publication of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Research

  • To develop and support microstructural MRI research for the EPSRC-funded National Microstructure Imaging Facility (NMIF, Siemens 3T MRI with 300mT/m gradients) at CUBRIC and for the national and international partners using this facility.
  • To enhance CUBRIC’s microstructural MRI scanner for research, including the development of new imaging sequences, the optimisation of imaging protocols and integration of external field monitoring and motion correction hardware.
  • To work closely with CUBRIC’s Siemens onsite scientist in the development of the microstructural research programme.
  • To collaborate with other researchers to ensure they are using the appropriate acquisition for their research questions and to innovate new methods where necessary.
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals.
  • To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, explore future research requirements and opportunities, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.
  • To participate in supervision of postgraduate research projects.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.

Other 

  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally to raise awareness of the Centre’s profile and the Connectom scanner, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the Centre and the enhancement of its national and international profile.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria
Qualifications and Education 

  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level in MRI Physics or related subject area.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
  • An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within MRI Physics / Engineering and experience of the analysis of MR data, for example biophysical modelling / image reconstruction.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of MRI diffusion and microstructural MRI methods.
  • Proven ability to publish in high-quality journals.
  • Experience of MR sequence development/optimisation including pulse programming (e.g. Siemens IDEA, ICE) and good understanding of MR hardware (including basic troubleshooting skills).
  • Experience of working with MATLAB (or equivalent) and Linux/Unix
  • Communication and Team Working 
  • Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication, and ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and to be able to work with, and communicate complex information to, individuals from a range of disciplines.
  • Other 
  • Ability to work simultaneously across different projects and capacity to prioritise and achieve targets in a timely manner.
  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work
  • Desirable Criteria 
  • Knowledge of current status of research in fields complementary to diffusion including relaxometry, magnetization transfer and susceptibility imaging, and functional MRI.
  • Ability to translate biological questions to meaningful MRI targets.
  • Experience of programming in C++.
  • In-depth experience of image processing, data modelling and statistical analysis using tools such as MATLAB.
  • Proven contribution to winning competitive research funding.
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision.
  • Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the Centre.
  • A willingness to take responsibility for academically-related administration.
  • A willingness to take responsibility for academically-related administration.

  • Additional Information

    Research Associate / Fellow in Microstructural MRI at Cardiff University Brain Imaging Centre

    Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) is a state-of-the-art purpose-built premises housing 185 researchers, 4 human MRI systems (2 x Siemens Prisma 3T, 1 x Siemens Connectom [with 300mT/m gradients], 1 x Siemens 7T), MEG, EEG, TMS, tDCS, a clinical research facility and testing labs. We are pleased to announce the availability of a new of MR physicist 2.5-year position to join the MR research team to work on the development of microstructural MRI using the Connectom 3T MRI system with 300mT/m gradients. We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic individual to develop research projects at CUBRIC by implementing new methods on this exciting MRI system.

    This is a rare opportunity to join a successful imaging neuroimaging centre in a phase of strong growth and to work in a vibrant and positive research environment. CUBRIC provides an excellent combination of MR equipment and excellent environment in which to work across a diverse range of MR disciplines. The successful applicant should have expertise in MR physics / engineering, experience of MR neuroimaging methods and sequence optimisation and be able communicate the intricacies of MR imaging to individuals from a wide range of disciplines.

    This position would suit a self-motivated individual with a proactive and flexible approach to work, and the ability to use initiative and creativity.

    Evidencing Criteria - It is School of Psychology’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure when submitting this document/attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number.
    If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed.

    Cardiff School of Psychology

    We are recognised internationally for sustained excellence in research, impact and research-led teaching. We are a large School with over 50 academic staff, over 600 undergraduates and 150 postgraduate students. In the last assessment the School attained the highest rating of ‘excellent’ for its teaching from the HEFCW Teaching Quality Assessment Panel.
    Many individuals in the School are leading figures in their research areas. In the last Research Excellence Framework we entered as a unit of over 80 staff with our colleagues in Psychological medicine. We were placed 2nd in our topic area across the UK. We have state of the art laboratories and experimental expertise across the range of psychology, and are currently building one of the largest and best equipped imaging centres in Europe (see: sites.cubric.cardiff.ac.uk).
    Our collective aim is to understand the psychological and biological foundations of behaviour at both individual and group levels. The research undertaken in the School ranges from 'synapse to society', and includes normal behaviour in development and adulthood, the breakdown of cognition after stress, trauma and in neurological and/or genetic conditions, as well as key psychological issues of broad importance to society, such as prejudice, reproductive health and understanding risk. The School also contributes to cross-disciplinary University Research Institutes in Neuroscience and Mental Health, Sustainable Places, and Energy Systems Research.


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