1. Postdoctoral Position at the University of Edinburgh

    Postdoctoral Position at the University of Edinburgh

    We are seeking an independent and motivated postdoctoral research scientist with an interest in optical imaging and biomechanics.  The project will focus on moving forward our optical technology to measure biomechanical forces non-destructively in engineered tissues, and to develop independently novel algorithms for the retrieval of nanoscale displacements from images acquired with an optical coherence tomography system. You will have evidence of a strong training in biomedical engineering/imaging, signal processing to extract quantitative physical parameters from optical coherence tomography time-lapse imaging. This is a multidisciplinary project in collaboration with Keele University and Oxford University. Experience phase-resolved optical coherence tomography would be highly advantageous.

    The PDRA will be based in Dr. Bagnaninchi Lab at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.


    Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

    • PhD in biomedical imaging, image and signal processing, or related field;
    • First author evidence of expertise in signal processing approaches to the retrieval of quantitative parameters from image datasets; ideally within the context of biomechanical properties.
    • Knowledge of biomedical imaging and ideally of optical coherence tomography.
    • Ability to communicate complex information clearly, orally and in writing;
    • Ability to train and supervise junior members of the staff (e.g. MRes students, technicians);
    • Past experience in at least two of the programing languages: C/C++, Matlab, Labview
    • The ability to conduct research projects semi-independently.
    • Ability to take the lead on writing papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals and deciding on appropriate journals with the PI;
    • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and participate in team meetings/discussions and departmental research group activities;
    • Ability to take the lead on the planning & organising of different aspects relating to the project(s);
    • Ability to identify potential sources of funding and making applications.

    Job Context and any other relevant information

    This post is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences research council. The post will be available for 2 years, with the potential for a further extension for highly motivated candidates.

    The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

    The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine traces its origins back nearly 500 years (Darwin, Simpson and Conan-Doyle were students here) and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching. Headed by Professor Sir John Savill, the only conjoint Medical and Veterinary Medical School in the UK employs over 2300 academic and support staff. The College has two Schools, the Edinburgh Medical School comprising 3 Deaneries; Biomedical Sciences; Molecular Genetic and Population Health Sciences and Clinical Sciences and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

    The College’s reputation as one of the world’s leading centres of medical and veterinary medical research has been reaffirmed by its UK REF2014 results. Medicine, the University’s largest submission, was ranked in the top 5 in the UK. Veterinary Medicine came 1st in the UK, and retained its position as the UK’s top Vet School.

    The University of Edinburgh

    For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do. 

    As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles. 

    As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

    The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment. See our University Initiatives website for further information. 

    Please contact pierre.bagnaninchi@ed.ac.uk for more information on how to apply.

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