Research Fellow (106452-0922) . Job Reference: 1888033

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

October 19, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only


Computer Science


£32,348 - £42,155 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed-term contract for 36 months, 1.0 FTE.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) to support computational pathology methods development and assist in the successful execution of our Mesothelioma early diagnosis project grant funded by Asthma + Lung UK.

This is an immensely exciting opportunity to join a dynamic project team based in the Tissue Image Analytics Center, Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick.

The goal of the project is to develop a data repository and associated Al tools to improve diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma. The collaborative and multi-disciplinary project is led by Imperial College and involves experts at University of Warwick, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College (NHLI), Queen Mary University of London, Middlesex University and University of Oxford.

We are recruiting a research fellow in order to build a pathology image data repository and develop novel Al tools to demonstrate diagnostic efficiencies of computer-aided testing of pathology samples and to improve early detection of malignant mesothelioma.

As research staff on the project, you will work on research and development of deep learning-based image analytics methods for computer-aided screening in multi-gigapixel pathology images and other modalities.

You will also be expected to work closely with project partners in terms of data integration and management as well as development of enabling technologies in this area that can potentially meet regulatory requirements and be suitable for deployment into a clinical setting.

Suitable candidates will have at least a 2.1 Honours degree and a PhD (or equivalent experience / qualification) in Computer Science or a closely related discipline and the experience to initiate and perform research in line with the identified requirements of the project.

You will have a strong background in one or more of the following: deep learning; big data management; computational pathology; medical imaging; computer vision; and machine learning.

If you are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD but have not yet had it conferred, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant at the top of level 5 of the University grade structure (£31,411). Upon receipt of evidence of the successful award of your PhD, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£32,348).

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


Undertake high quality research in order to support computational pathology methods development.


Work with the multi-disciplinary project team to conduct research on big data management and/or deep learning for pathology image and data analytics and visualization to meet the Warwick team's responsibilities.

- Work independently and alongside the project partners to meet the larger project objectives.

- Write up research work for presentation at top international conferences and publication in high quality journals.

- Continually translate knowledge gained from the research process into additional areas / methods of research.

- Contribute to the preparation of paper for project management and responses to funding agencies.

- Present information on research progress and outcomes to project participants.

- Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of a specialist or highly technical nature.

- Help establish a sound research base within the department in order to assist the development of research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, as required by the project lead.

- May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research agenda.

- Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism. May be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student research skills.

Administration and Other Activities

- Will be required to attend team meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other working groups within the project.

- Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.

- Work within budget constraints.

- Undertake any additional tasks that fit with the role and grade of the role. Travel to project partners, as and when required.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

2:1 or above honours degree and possession of a PhD or equivalent in Computer Science or a closely related discipline. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in one or more of the following: deep learning; big data management; computational pathology; medical imaging; computer vision; and machine learning. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 3

Ability to initiate, plan, organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 4

A developing research profile with the ability to publish and/or produce high quality research output. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Ability to work with people across academic, healthcare and industry, with good interpersonal skills. (c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Good written and oral communication skills, with the ability to translate complex information into accessible language. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 3

Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work independently and initiate and develop relevant research. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 4

Ability to work independently or as part of a multi-disciplinary team on research programmes. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 5

Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in order to generate external funding to support research projects. (a, c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

The University of Warwick holds an Athena SWAN Silver award; a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students. Further information about the work of the University in relation to Athena SWAN can be found at the following link: Athena Swan (

The University of Warwick is one of the six founder institutions of the EUTOPIA European University alliance, whose aim is to become by 2025 an open, multicultural, confederated operation of connected campuses.

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As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

19 Oct 2022

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