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Research Fellow in Biomedical Ultrasound



Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position to join the programme of experimental work within the Biomedical Ultrasound Group at UCL.

This post will support several EPSRC and UKRI funded research programs focused on medical and therapeutic applications of ultrasound including ultrasonic neuromodulation, and the development of ultrasonic rewarming of biological cells and tissues after cryopreservation (storage at low temperatures).
Experimental work feeds in to many aspects of the group’s research, from development of ultrasonic transducer arrays, to development of treatment planning software, and safety of patient studies. For example, rigorous measurement using state of the art techniques is used to validate the accuracy of measurement-based modelling. This is necessary for effective treatment planning and dosimetry in transcranial ultrasonic neuromodulation and other therapies, as well as for planning of energy delivery for rewarming of cells and tissues after cryopreservation.

The post will be largely laboratory based and key aspects of the work will include the characterisation of laboratory and clinical ultrasound sources and acoustic fields, designing setups and performing experiments for ultrasound hardware development, the validation of models of ultrasound propagation, and characterisation of the acoustic properties of materials, and development of techniques for ultrasound metrology.

The post offers an opportunity to conduct research at an internationally leading university and contribute to the state-of-the-art in medical and therapeutic applications of ultrasound (the open-source k-Wave Toolbox developed by our group is widely used across academia and industry). The appointed person will work in a multidisciplinary team led by Dr Elly Martin and Dr Bradley Treeby.

This post is available immediately, initially funded for 2 years.

Key Requirements
A postdoctoral research fellow with a track record of research achievement (or progress towards) is sought. Candidates must have a PhD (or about to submit for a PhD) in a relevant subject or equivalent qualifications and/or work experience.

A background in engineering or physical sciences, and knowledge of ultrasound physics, ultrasound systems, and ultrasound metrology techniques is sought. Experience or knowledge of some or all of the following would also be advantageous: therapeutic ultrasound, characterisation of acoustic fields and the acoustic properties of materials, programming in Matlab. Please see the job description for further details.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD (or equivalent); if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Grade 6B (£32,217 - £33,958 per annum inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.
Further Details
A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy, click the 'Apply Now' button below.

Further information about the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering can be found at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medical-physics-biomedical-engineering

Further information about the UCL Biomedical Ultrasound Group can be found at http://bug.medphys.ucl.ac.uk.

For informal enquiries about the role, please contact Dr Elly Martin at

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