Research Fellow - mTBI, MRI (Fixed term)

Closing Date
Friday, 17th December 2021
Job Type
Physics & Astronomy
£31406 to £40927 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

The Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, University of Nottingham is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral research fellow in the field of MRI. This is part of a large, multi-centre, Ministry of Defence-funded programme whose aim is to identify novel, accurate, biomarkers which predict prognosis of mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). Your role will be to set up the MRI sequences for this programme of work. 

mTBI is common with 1.4 million hospital visits due to head injury annually in the UK. Although classified as mild it leads to disproportionate impact on future health with 31% unable to work at 12 months. The consequences of mTBI are profound with many patients suffering long-term disability due to persistent headaches, imbalance, memory disturbance, and poor mental health. Identifying those patients most at risk of these disabling consequences is not currently possible. This represents a clear unmet need as it would allow targeting of treatments to improve patient outcomes. MRI measures, both functional and structural, including fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) from DTI, functional connectivity from fMRI and cerebrovascular reactivity from CO2 challenges during fMRI all show potential as biomarkers from small cohort studies and will be assessed their potential as biomarkers with multiple other measures in this programme. 

The successful candidate(s) must have a Ph.D. in neuroimaging or an associated area. Candidates should be experienced in MRI data acquisition and analysis. In particular, experience in programming using Matlab and/or Python is required. Also experience in running Siemens and/or Philips MRI scanners and sequence optimisation/setting up multi-centre studies and/or experience with clinical populations is desirable. 

The successful candidate will work closely with a Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH), University of Birmingham specialising in MEG and the MR physicist at (CHBH) and researchers at the Aston Brain Centre, Aston University as sequences are set-up across sites.

The University of Nottingham has been at the forefront of imaging since the 1970’s and a rich history of novel developments resulted in the award of a Nobel Prize to Sir Peter Mansfield. The Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre remains at the forefront of neuroimaging development with significant contributions in the fields of MRI, MEG, multi-modal imaging, and simultaneous EEG/fMRI. The Centre is equipped with a 275 channel MEG, 7T , 3T and upright MR systems, as well as MR-compatible 64-channel EEG. It also houses the world’s first 50 channel wearable MEG device based on OPMs. 

This is a full-time (36.25 hours), fixed-term post to 31st December 2022. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Karen Mullinger: tel: 0115 9514752 email:
Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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