Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pulmonary MR Imaging

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pulmonary MR Imaging
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Employer: The University of Sheffield (Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease) Location: Sheffield


An opportunity has arisen for an experienced MRI Physicist/engineer to work in the POLARIS Hyperpolarised and Pulmonary MRI Research Group at the University of Sheffield (, where significant technological development work has been undertaken to establish the group as a world centre in this emergent branch of diagnostic pulmonary imaging with proton and hyperpolarised gas MRI.

The role will be based in the POLARIS group in the Academic Unit of Radiology in the Department of Cardiovascular Science. The Academic Unit of Radiology is an active research unit focused on MR imaging. The main research themes of the unit are neuroscience, developmental and pulmonary MRI.

The post will involve developing pulse sequences and computing images for pulmonary MRI applications. You will generate research publications as part of the role as well as participating in ongoing international collaborations with other academic, clinical and industrial researcher partners. You will contribute to the supervision of PhD and undergraduate students in the research group, analyse and record data to aid future research, and produce useful findings for line managers and support ongoing clinical lung imaging research. You will present results to collaborators of the project, members of the research group and external audiences to disseminate and publicise research findings along with developing and applying translational tools for clinical use.

The post will particularly suit candidates from a physics or engineering background who hold a PhD in MRI Physics, MR Engineering or equivalent. It is essential that you have experience in image processing and computational skills and a track record of publications in MR and imaging journals. You must have effective communication skills, both written and verbal, report writing skills and experience of delivering presentations. You must have experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team and have the ability to develop creative approaches to problem solving. The ability to analyse and solve problems with an appreciation of longer-term implications is also essential.

About the Team

The Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease was formed in September 2015 following the merger of the former Departments of cardiovascular Science and Infection and Immunity bringing together research strengths in inflammation, medical and biomedical imaging, discovery science using experimental model systems and cardiopulmonary medicine in particular. This exciting new development arose in part from the Tooke Review of Biomedical Life Sciences carried out by Sir John Tooke in 2014.

The Department occupies 4 research floors in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in a prime position for translation of discoveries to man. In addition, our Academic Radiology Unit is based on C Floor adjacent to the main NHS Radiology Department. A brand new development is MRC POLARIS at 18 Claremont Crescent which opened in April 2016. Some researchers also share labs in Firth Court area and others undertaking clinical trials research in cardiology are based at the Clinical Research Facility, Northern General Hospital.

The Department fulfils an important research-led role teaching on the Sheffield MBChB course covering important parts of the course e.g. Infections, Cardiology, Nephrology, Radiology and Respiratory medicine. In addition, we lead a very successful postgraduate programme in Molecular Medicine with several specialist pathways. We teach undergraduate medical physics modules and undergraduate pharmacology modules within the Faculty of Science.

Our research broadly seeks to understand mechanisms of inflammation in the context of lung, heart and, more recently, brain disease. Imaging and Modelling in Medicine and Biology comprises researchers from Radiology, Medical Physics and Mathematical Modelling in Medicine. Research interests include the development of novel imaging technology, image processing methods and computational modelling techniques for better diagnosis and physiological assessment of diseases. Areas of methodological and engineering research include MR image acquisition, imaging hardware development, image processing and computational fluid dynamics. Clinical research applications of these technologies include cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, cerebrovascular disease, brain development, pulmonary hypertension and metabolism. This research node contributes strongly to Insigneo and the emerging Neuro BRC and PET-MRI initiatives.

Sheffield also hosts the largest European Centre for pulmonary vascular disease and novel methods of medical imaging and modelling are leading to new and better treatment decisions for patients. Our Department has pioneered the use of in silico modelling in decision-making at the time of primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute coronary syndrome.

The Academic Unit of Radiology performs clinical and research scanning using Magnetic Resonance Imaging techniques. Particular areas of interest are neuro, functional MR, fetal and paediatric imaging, pulmonary imaging and the use of hyperpolarised gas.

How to apply?

To apply visit our job pages ( and search for vacancy number: UOS021178.

Contact details

For informal enquiries about this job and the recruiting department, contact: Professor Jim Wild on or on 0114 2159141. For administration queries and details on the application process, contact the lead recruiter: Yvonne Steel on or on 0114 2159605.