Physics Research Fellow
To develop and maintain state-of-the-art acquisition techniques for magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) studies for clinical and
neuroscience applications in humans at 7 tesla. The successful candidate will
be required to make a leading contribution to the formulation and submission
of research publications and research proposals as well as make a significant
contribution to the management and direction of this complex and challenging
project as opportunities allow.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. Manage a portfolio of advanced MR pulse sequences on a Siemens MAGNETOM
Terra 7T scanner. These sequences will be a mixture of Siemens works-in-
progress (WIP) sequences, third-party sequences from other academic centres,
and sequences developed by researchers in-house.
2. Use the Siemens IDEA development tool to program additional novel pulse
sequences, and to adapt sequences from in-house researchers for robust
application in research studies.
3. Chair a Strategy Group to prioritise the development and introduction of
new 7T techniques. Membership of this group will focus on principal
investigators who are running human imaging studies, or who are developing
core MR technology.
4. Chair a Methods Group to coordinate the development and application of
novel technology. Membership of this group will focus on hands-on developers,
who are programming pulse sequences, or developing hardware, such as RF coils.
5. Act as a scientific partner to multiple research teams, contributing to
grant applications as a co-applicant, and providing expert guidance on optimum
methodology and experimental design.
6. Maintain an expert current knowledge of the scientific literature in
relation to magnetic resonance methodology applied in human studies at 7
tesla. Disseminate this knowledge to in-house research partners, including NHS
7. Participate in joint University and NHS working groups with 7T
responsibility for management, project approvals, operational procedures, and
8. Allocate 20% of core working time to individual research topics, which are
complementary to other research activity on the 7T scanner and support
academic career development.
9. Play a leading role in the planning, design and conduct of research,
individually or jointly, in accordance with the project deliverables and
project/Institute/College/University research strategy.
10. Establish and maintain an extensive research profile and reputation and
that of the University of Glasgow/ School/ Research Group and sustaining a
track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in
high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms
of economic/societal benefit, and gathering indicators of esteem.
11. Play a leading role in the presentation of research findings at high
profile national and international conferences, seminars and meetings to
enhance the research profile of the project/Institute/College/University.
12. Lead the development, both independently and in collaboration with others
(including stakeholders) of the identification of potential funding sources
and lead in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and
external bodies to support future research of international quality.
13. Play a leading role in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and
undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the
project team to ensure their effective development.
14. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research
group and School,
15. Supervise Masters students and act as co-supervisor to PhD students as
assigned by the
Director of Institute and/or senior group leader.
16. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of
17. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile
in line with the
University's Strategic Plan, Inspiring People Changing The WorldSH1 .
A1. An undergraduate degree in physical science or engineering.
A2. Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 12 (PhD) or
equivalent in the development of magnetic resonance imaging or spectroscopy
techniques with application in human subjects.
C1. A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future
directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism
C2. Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge in areas relevant to the
field of research
C3. Knowledge of project-specific technical models, equipment or techniques
C4. An established track record of presentation and publication of research
results in quality journals and/ or at conferencesSH2 .
D1. Advanced knowledge of the Siemens IDEA development tool for programming MR
D2. Knowledge of sequences used for functional magnetic resonance imaging
D3. Knowledge of advanced MRI methods, such as CEST and QSM.
E1. At least three years' post-doctoral experience working in human imaging
research using MRI at field strengths of 7T or above.
E2. A high level of proficiency in MR pulse sequence programming. Experience
required in the development of a wide range of sequence types.
E3. Substantial experience working in multi-disciplinary research teams that
include clinical and basic scientists.
E4. A record of publication and conference presentation in the field of
technique development for MRI in humans.
E5. Experience of independence as illustrated by identification of project
objectives from assessment of literature, design and analysis of research data
and drafting of papers
E6. Proven commitment to supporting career development of colleagues and to
other forms of collegiality appropriate to the career stageSH3 .
F1. Experience working with MRS for human applications in vivo.
F2. Project management skills.
Terms and Conditions
Salary Grade 8, £46,047 - £53,353 per annum
This post is full time and fixed term for up to 3 years.
As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive
community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.
As a valued member of our team, you can expect:
1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are
developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.
2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including
41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook
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3 A flexible approach to working.
4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing
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We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of
all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values.
Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in
particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented
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