Postdoctoral Research Associate Job with KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

job description

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow in Optics and Biophotonics to design the next generation of real-time hyperspectral imaging systems for surgical guidance. The incumbent, based at the Center for Craniofacial and Regenerative Biology at King’s College London, will play a key role in a collaborative project with King’s College Hospital and Hypervision Surgical, a recently founded King’s spinoff company. A clinical neurosurgery study was set up to support this collaboration. The successful candidate will work on the optimization and characterization of a new hyperspectral laparoscopic platform.

Brain tumor surgery involves removing most of the tumor in the safest way possible. However, even with the best hands and the most modern technology currently available, it is often not possible to reliably identify the tumor during surgery. Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) has the potential to improve the surgeon’s vision to reliably identify tumors and healthy brain structures.

The key activities concern the optical design and characterization of tissue phantoms. The recruited person will also join our multidisciplinary team working on Raman spectroscopy for optical biopsy. The position involves close and active collaboration with researchers, engineers and clinicians. Working with established platforms and relying on the material already present within our teams is essential to ensure the cohesion of the project and strong links with the members of the team.

This position will be offered on an 18-month fixed-term contract

This is a full time position – 100% full time equivalent

Main responsibilities

  • Develop hyperspectral imaging instruments and Raman systems
  • Contribute to project management tasks
  • Maintain precise and up-to-date technical documentation of the material delivered
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research through publications, conferences and public engagement activities

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the incumbent will be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities reasonably expected in connection with and classification of the position.

Skills, knowledge and experience

Essential criteria

1. Training in bioengineering, physics or related technical discipline

2. Doctorate or equivalent industrial experience in optics or a closely related field

3. A demonstrable record of publications in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and scientific journals

4. Experience working on system integration tasks

5. Ability to work with a variety of people

Desirable criteria

1. Knowledge of machine learning

2. Knowledge and experience of using Matlab or Python programming languages

* Please note that this is a doctoral level position, but applicants who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting their doctoral degree will be considered. In these circumstances, the appointment will be made at level 5, spine point 30 with the title of research assistant. After confirmation of the doctoral award, the job title will become a research associate and the salary will increase to grade 6.

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