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Job id: 066367. Salary: Grade 5: £35,502 - £40,333 per annum including London Weighting Allowance depending on experience.

Posted: 25 April 2023. Closing date: 28 May 2023.

Business unit: Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. Department: Institute of Pharmaceutical Science.

Contact details: Dr Heba Sailem.

Location: Waterloo Campus. Category: Research.

Job description

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate to join a highly collaborative project as part of the Nucleic Acid Therapy Accelerator Consortium to develop machine and deep learning approaches and maintain heterogenous imaging data supporting drug discovery and development.       

The candidate should have strong background in deep learning and/or biomedical image analysis algorithm development and interest to employ such techniques to advanced applications in biology, digital pathology and medicine development. The specific research project requires expertise in modern methods for image segmentation and classification of large imaging data using convolutional neural networks. Experience in web-based application development is desirable.  

This post may appeal to candidates with background in computer science or engineering interested in now developing skills and experience in biomedical research. Candidates with good experience in machine learning, bioinformatics, database management, and visualisation techniques will also be considered. The successful candidate will be joining a new group and thus this position provides an opportunity for the right candidate to be part of an exciting new venture. 

This is a highly collaborative project with several institutions including Oxford University, Cambridge University, and UCL. While having prior experience in working on interdisciplinary projects would be an advantage it is not a requirement.  

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 1 year with the potential for extension

Key responsibilities

  • Manage own research and administrative activities, within guidelines provided by senior colleagues 
  • Select, follow, and adapt experimental protocols
  • Gather, analyse, and present scientific data from a variety of sources
  • Build and maintain data management systems and data lakes.
  • Develop methods for handling heterogeneous types of data
  • Develop deep learning algorithms for classification of large biomedical images.
  • Contribute to scientific reports and journal articles and the presentation of data/papers at conferences.
  • Work in close collaboration with the clinicians to validate the developed methods.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

The candidate should have a master’s degree in computational sciences, engineering, or bioinformatics. They should have good knowledge and experience in developing deep learning methods, and handling large-scale real world image data.  

Essential criteria  

1.     Have MSc in Artificial Intelligence, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, or another related area.  

2.     Excellent programming skills in Python.  

3.     Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings 

4.     Good understanding of software testing 

5.     Demonstrate a strong interest in interdisciplinary research 

6.     Ability to manage own academic research and associated activities 

7.     Ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and research income generation 

Desirable criteria

1.  Experience in dealing with large image data and cloud computing 

2.  Experience of contributing to reports and articles for publication 

3.  Strong interest in biomedical applications.  

4.  Experience of working in a research team and contributing ideas for new research projects 

5.  Experience in large-scale image-based phenotyping in the wider sense. 

6.  Published research in a relevant field in high profile journals  

7.  Experience of developing web applications using advanced javascript libraries is desirable but not required