Research Associate/Fellow in Magnetoencephalography

University of Nottingham Department of Physics and Astronomy

United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)

Closing Date
Friday, 4th February 2022
Job Type
Physics & Astronomy
£27924 to £40927 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £31406 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

The Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre (SPMIC), University of Nottingham is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral research fellow/associate in the field of magnetoencephalography (MEG). This is part of a EPSRC-funded programme whose aim is to develop a new generation of MEG system based upon optically pumped magnetometers (OPMs). The position will be a seconded position, located at the Young Epilepsy (YE) Education Centre in Lingfield, Surrey. YE is one of SPMICs key MEG research collaborators.

Optically pumped magnetometers are ultra-sensitive magnetic field detectors which can operate without cryogenic cooling, and so can be brought closer to the head than conventional field detectors. The aim is to build a multi-channel OPM MEG device which can be worn on the head allowing the subject to move freely in an open and natural environment. The prospect of an affordable and wearable system has a number of exciting applications including novel paediatric imaging.

The successful candidate must have or be nearing completion of a PhD in physics, engineering or an associated area. Candidates should be experienced in hardware and software development for MEG systems. In particular, experience in programming using Matlab and/or Python is required. Also experience in the field of MEG experimental design, MEG array design, and paediatric and/or clinical imaging is highly desirable.

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 1.5T 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 role is available on a fixed term basis until 28/02/2023.Hours of work are full time (36.25 hours). Job share arrangements may be considered.

For more information email Prof. Matt Brookes, 0115 9515188 or Prof. Richard Bowtell

Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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