Research Fellow: MRI Physicist (Maternity Cover)

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 11th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £36,770 - £44,388 per annum
  • REF: 1880285
  • Closes: 24th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Imaging Neuroscience is part of the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, which works on developing clinically transformative applications of neuroimaging. The Centre has excellent facilities including one 7T and two 3T MRI systems, MEG and OP-MEG. The Centre is formed of multiple interdisciplinary teams with a strong emphasis on computational modelling of data that help us understand human behaviour, function and dysfunction.

We are looking for a Research Fellow: MRI Physicist to join a highly collaborative team within the Physics Group at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, working at the interface of technical development and deployment in neuroscience studies. Motion remains one of the most prominent sources of image quality degradation. This role will focus on the development of motion mitigation and quality assurance strategies, exploiting both software and hardware solutions. The developed solutions are to be deployed, and supported, at both 3T and 7T.

The post is available from 8 January 2022 and is funded by a Centre award from the Wellcome Trust. The post is to undertake specific maternity cover the duration of which is dependent upon completion of the cover, return of the post holder or cessation of the funding, whichever is the soonest.

This maternity cover is for six months.

Key Requirements

Applicants must have a PhD in MRI physics or, if not already held, the PhD must be obtained by the agreed start date. Experience of working with motion mitigation strategies and developing tools for quality assurance is essential. Candidates must have strong problem solving abilities, excellent oral and written communication skills, and good inter-personal skills with an ability to work co-operatively in a multidisciplinary setting. Experience analysing the impact of motion on imaging data is desirable.

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.

Further Details

A Job Description and Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

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If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Oksana Shapoval, HR Officer, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, 23 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG (email:

Informal enquiries to Prof Martina Callaghan (email:

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Closing Date

24 Nov 2021

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