Post Doctoral Research Assistant

University of Leeds

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A post-doctoral research assistant (PDRA) is sought to join the preclinical MR team at UoL. You will be responsible for implementation and testing of optimised MRI / MRF pulse sequences on a Bruker 7T MR system, for optimisation of the protocol for scanning ex vivo tissue samples, and for co-ordinating the acquisition of microscopy data, including segmentation/labelling of microscopy volumes. This post is funded by a major MRC-award, held by Prof Derek Jones (Cardiff University). The post is initially funded for 18 months.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post.

  • Working with and in support of Profs Derek Jones (PI) and Jurgen Schneider’s research grant to ensure the project is successfully completed;
  • Responsible for ex vivo multi-scale (MRI & microscopy) imaging of human tissue samples
  • Developing  and optimising bespoke microstructural imaging sequences on a preclinical ultra-high field MR system
  • Co-ordinating the acquisition of microscopy data of the same samples, including segmentation/labelling of microscopy volumes.
  • Determining the experimental approaches and developing the underpinning technology for the research, in collaboration with the research supervisors; 
  • Collating and analysing data; 
  • Maintaining good records and laboratory notebooks of research work carried out; ensuring compliance with HTA
  • Routinely meeting with the Principal Investigator and other members of the project to discuss progress; 
  • Generating and pursuing original research ideas in the appropriate subject area;
  • Developing research objectives and proposals and contributing to setting the direction of the research project and team including, where appropriate preparing proposals for funding in collaboration with colleagues;
  • Evaluating methods and techniques used and results obtained by other researchers and to relate such evaluations appropriately to your own work;
  • Communicating or presenting research results through publication or other recognised forms of output;
  • Preparing papers for publication in leading international journals and independently writing reports in a prompt manner;
  • Working both independently and also as part of a larger team of researchers, engaging in knowledge-transfer activities where appropriate and feasible;
  • Maintaining your own continuing professional development and acting as a mentor to less experienced colleagues as appropriate;
  • Contributing to the research culture of the School, where appropriate;
  • Contributing to the training of both undergraduate and postgraduate students, where appropriate, including assisting with the supervision of projects in areas relevant to the project.
  • To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

    Professor Jürgen E Schneider [email protected]

    Criminal Records

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such, applicants are required to declare criminal records accordingly. Appointees may also be required to complete a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and where relevant, equivalent overseas authorities.

Location:  Leeds – Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:  Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM)
Section:  Biomedical Imaging Science Department (BISD)
Category:  Research
Grade 7

£36,333 to £43,155
Post Type: 

Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (18 months until 31 December 2024 due to external grant)
Release Date:  Thursday 01 June 2023
Closing Date:  Saturday 01 July 2023
Interview Date: 

To be confirmed
Reference:  MHLCM1337
Downloads:  Candidate Brief

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