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  1. 1. St. George's, University of London CARDIAC AND VASCULAR SCIENCES CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE MR PHYSICIST REF: 434-09 Post Title MR physicist Grade SGUL 6 Responsible to Dr Franklyn Howe, Reader in MR Physics Accountable to Professor Hugh Markus, Professor of Neurology Responsible for N/A Liaises with Clinical and scientific research staff, radiologists, radiographers, medical physicists, MRI manufacturer engineers and scientists Overall purpose of job St George’s has a long track record in clinical MRI research, particularly brain imaging. Our major areas of strength are imaging of stroke and vascular cognitive impairment, brain tumours, and normal ageing. The group has particular expertise in techniques of imaging white matter damage, especially diffusion tensor imaging, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The programme is well funded with support from EU, Wellcome Trust, MRC, Health Foundation, and Research into Ageing. Most of the work is currently based within Clinical Neuroscience. St George’s University of London, in collaboration with its associated hospital Trust on the same site (St George’s NHS Healthcare Trust) has recently invested in a new 3T MRI scanner. This will be installed in the Atkinson Morley Neuroscience Centre which is on the same campus as both the Medical School and main hospital and a short distance from the Medical School. Half of the time on this system will be for clinical imaging and the other half for research imaging. Being located within the Regional Neuroscience Centre will allow us to study acutely ill patients with stroke and other neurological diseases. This MR physicist post is a key post which has been established to support the development of clinical MRI research projects on the new scanner which will open in May 2010. It provides an opportunity to join a dynamic MRI research group 1
  2. 2. ( The post holder will be expected to help develop imaging protocols for a wide variety of studies. This will include multimodal MRI combining advanced techniques such as diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), arterial spin-labelling (ASL) and functional MRI (fMRI) which will be applied to stroke patient groups and normal volunteers. You will work closely with the research and clinical teams to develop appropriate imaging protocols, analysis and quality control methodology. Therefore, this post offers an excellent opportunity to work at the interface between the physical sciences, biomedical research and the clinical environment. Funding for this post has come from Comphrensive Local Research Network (CLRN). The aim of this funding is to support clinical studies which have been adopted by the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN). Therefore, the priority for the post holder will be to establish research sequences which can increase recruitment to these studies. Studies can be adopted in any area of medicine provided they are supported by external peer reviewed funding. Funding has initially been provided for two years. For informal enquiries and further details please contact Dr Franklyn Howe ( or Dr Tom Barrick ( Clinical Neuroscience at St George’s The MRI imaging group is part of the Clinical Neuroscience department. This post will be responsible to Dr Franklyn Howe, Reader in MRI Physics. Dr Howe has particular expertise in magnetic resonance spectroscopy and is involved in implementing a wide variety of different MR sequences. Dr Tom Barrick, Senior Lecturer in MR Image Analysis, in the department leads the imaging analysis group. He has particular expertise in techniques for mapping white matter tracts on DTI. The MR group works closely with other groups within Clinical Neuroscience, providing support to a wide variety of clinical projects. Other areas of strength in Clinical Neuroscience include stroke, normal ageing, and brain tumours. We are also establishing a dementia research group with new appointments currently being made. The Stroke Research Group has particular interests in cerebral small vessel disease and vascular cognitive impairment, genetics of stroke, applying imaging techniques to investigate the pathogenesis of stroke, and clinical trials and other large scale studies in stroke. Of particular relevance to this post there is a long standing programme, currently supported by a four year Wellcome Trust grant, investigating the pathogenesis, and mechanisms of cognitive impairment, in patients with cerebral small vessel disease. This applies multimodal MRI, and particularly DTI, to look at damage to white matter tracts within the brain and its relationship to cognitive impairment. Within neurosurgery a major research interest is using MRI techniques to help classify and diagnosis of cerebral tumours. Both MRS and DTI are being applied and this has been funded by EU programme grant support. We currently have research time on a 1.5T scanner within the general hospital but will be moving most projects to the 3T scanner when this is operational. In addition, there is a 4.7T small bore MR system which is used for a variety of experimental studies in brain tumours and strokes. 2
  3. 3. 1. Main Duties and Responsibilities Research Data acquisition • Develop multimodal MRI protocols for specific research projects, and in particular CRN adopted studies to acquire MRI data from patients, volunteers and phantoms. • Develop MR scanner quality control protocols and perform measurements Data analysis • Develop data analysis methodology for multimodal MRI data and in particular CRN adopted projects • Develop protocols to assess data quality Publications & Presentations • Prepare and submit publications based on own research work • Prepare talks for presentation of research work at group research meetings and scientific conferences • Assist in the preparation of publications, grant applications, or Ethics Committee applications of associated research projects. Teaching • Contribute to the teaching of undergraduate medical students and assist in the preparation of teaching materials. Administration • Assist in the preparation of grant applications, or Ethics Committee applications of associated research projects. • Help with organisation and maintenance of the MRI data • Liaise with other clinical centres to obtain and transfer patient data to St George’s for subsequent analysis 2. Special Factors Awareness of the safety issues and compliance with safety regulations associated with working in the high magnetic field present around an MRI scanner is essential. Some out-of-hours (e.g. after 6pm and weekends) working will be required. 3. Person Specification Criteria Description Essential/Desirable How it is to be 3
  4. 4. tested Qualifications • 1st or upper 2nd BSc (Hons) Degree in Physics, Engineering or related subject E CV, AF • MSc or PhD with MRI focus D CV, AF Experience • Operating an MRI system for biomedical imaging or spectroscopy E SS, INT • MR pulse sequence programming D SS, INT Knowledge/ Skills • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills E SS, INT • MR physics E CV, SS, INT • MR data analysis E CV, SS, INT • Competence in unix/linux, C or Matlab D CV, SS, INT Personal Attributes • Rigorous approach to data acquisition and analysis E INT • Dedicated to achieving set goals E INT • Enthusiastic E INT • Practical E INT Key: AF=Application Form, CV=Curriculum Vitae, SS=Supporting Statements, ST=Selection Test/Presentation, INT=Interview Note: Elements marked SS (Supporting Statements) in the Person Specification will be highlighted in Step 6 (Supporting Statements) on the online application form. Applicants’ answers to Step 6 are an essential part of the selection process. Applicants should write individual supporting statements to demonstrate how their qualifications, experience, skills and training fit each of the elements highlighted in this section. Applicants should address other elements of the Person Specification in Step 7 (Additional Information). Shortlisting will be based on applicants’ responses to Step 6 and 4
  5. 5. Step 7. Therefore applicants should complete both sections as fully as possible on the online application form. About St George’s, University of London St. George’s, University of London, is the only remaining independently governed medical school in the country. A College of the University of London, we have been providing medical and healthcare training for over 250 years. Our Mission is “to promote by excellence in teaching, clinical practice and research, the prevention, treatment and understanding of disease.” 5,500 students study at St George’s, divided between two faculties, Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and Health & Social Care Sciences (a joint venture with Kingston University). Our courses range from medicine, biomedical sciences, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, to therapeutic and diagnostic radiography as well as post graduate courses. St George’s prides itself on providing the highest standard of learning through the latest in teaching and learning resources, exceptional research, innovative course development, enterprise and innovation, and strategic partnerships. We were the first to introduce a 4 year MBBS Graduate Entry Programme (GEP) open to graduates from all disciplines. Our latest Biomedical Informatics degree, a programme that brings together computing, medicine, and biology in various different applications, has seen significant enrolment in its inaugural year. In research, we are equally as innovative and driven by high standards of excellence to advance healthcare. The 4 major research themes at St George’s are Cardiac & Vascular Sciences, Cell Signalling, Epidemiology, and Infection, including research on HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, Stroke and hypertension. St George’s success has been aided by our strategic partnerships with other institutions. Our life-long partnership with St George’s Hospital has created a unique learning and research environment. Our joint Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, and our Foundation Year Medicine programme with Kingston University, have significantly broadened access to medical and healthcare education for students previously excluded from the higher education experience. And our new three-way alliance with Kingston University and Royal Holloway, University of London will create still more new opportunities at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level such as the BSc in Biomedical Science. In 2001, St George’s established an Enterprise and Innovation Centre to encourage the transfer of knowledge and skills to business and the wider community. St George’s academic provision is organised into 6 divisions: Basic Medical Sciences, Cardiac and Vascular Sciences, Clinical Developmental Sciences, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Community Health Sciences, and Mental Health Sciences. 5
  6. 6. More information about these divisions and their research specialisms can be found at Terms and Conditions of Employment (Grades 5- 8) A full statement of the terms and conditions will be sent to the successful candidate. Post title: MR Physicist Contract type: Fixed term for 2 years Probation period: Six months Grade: SGUL 6 London allowance: £2,773 per annum Salary range: £29,704 - £30,594 - £31,513 - £32,458 - £33,432 - £34,435 - £35,469 discretionary points £36,532 - £37,651 - £38,757 The maximum starting salary for the post is £32,458 (SP 33) Hours: 35 hours per week notionally. Staff are expected to work the hours necessary to meet the requirements of the role. Annual leave: 32 days per annum Plus eight UK public holidays and three days when St George’s is closed (usually between Christmas and New Year). Part time staff receive a pro rata entitlement. Pension: Membership of USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme, employee contribution rate is 6.35%) or of SAUL (Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London, employee contribution rate is 6%) is optional. Existing members of NHSSS (National Health Service Superannuation Scheme) may elect to remain as members of that scheme. Notice period: 3 months Offers of employment Offers of appointment are only valid if made by the Director of Administration or designated members of the Human Resources Department acting on his behalf. Offers of appointment are made subject to receipt of satisfactory references and satisfactory completion of probationary periods where appropriate. 6
  7. 7. Place of residence It is St George’s policy that all postholders must live within 30 miles of St George’s on appointment unless otherwise agreed by Council. Right to work St George’s will comply with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 which requires all employees to provide documentary evidence of their legal right to work in the UK prior to commencing employment. For posts requiring a recognised degree level qualification and where there is no suitable UK or European Economic Area candidate, St George’s will take necessary steps to secure a work permit from the Home Office in order for a foreign national to take up employment. All candidates invited to interview will be asked to provide copies of one of the following official documents: • Copies of the identification pages or appropriate visa pages of their passport describing the holder as a British citizen or a EEA national or showing that they are otherwise entitled to work in the United Kingdom. • A birth certificate issued in the UK or in the Republic of Ireland. • A certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen. • A letter issued by the Border and Immigration Agency of the Home Office indicating that the person has permission to take up employment. All successful candidates will be required to provide the originals of one of the above documents on commencing employment. Medical Clearance St George’s reserves the right to request successful candidates (including internal candidates) to complete pre- employment health questionnaires. In accordance with this, any offer of employment is made subject to satisfactory health clearance by the Staff Health Department. No smoking St George’s has established a no-smoking policy to minimise risks to the health of staff and to maintain a tobacco smoke free working environment. Smoking is not permitted in any of the St George’s buildings or grounds. Equal Opportunities St George's, University of London confirms its commitment to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities in employment in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities and are given equal opportunities within St George’s. The aim of this policy is to ensure that no job applicant or employee should receive less favourable treatment on any grounds not relevant to good employment practice. St George’s is committed to action to 7
  8. 8. make this policy fully effective. CRB/ROA Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure This post is subject to the successful candidate being asked to apply for Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) at Enhanced Level. Further information regarding Disclosure can be found at Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Because of the nature of the work for which you are applying, this post is exempt from the provisions of Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Applicants are therefore not entitled to withhold information about convictions, which for other purposes are regarded as 'spent' under the provisions of the Act, and in the event of employment, any failure to disclose such convictions could result in dismissal or disciplinary action by St George's, University of London. Convictions within the Armed Services, outside the United Kingdom or disciplinary action by certain professional bodies must also be included. Any information given will be completely confidential and will be considered only in relation to posts to which the Order applies. Honorary Contracts An Honorary Contract will be sought from the appropriate Trust for the successful candidate. Informal enquiries Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Franklyn howe ( or Dr Tom Barrick ( Making an application All applicants are encouraged to apply on line at as our system is user friendly and the online application form is simple to complete. If you do not have access to a computer with internet capability, a manual application form can be requested from the Recruitment Team and should be returned as below: Recruitment Team 8
  9. 9. Human Resources Department St George's, University of London Cranmer Terrace London SW17 0RE, Tel: 020 8725 5020 (24 hour answerphone) Fax: 020 8725 3426 Email: Closing date: 12th January 2010 We shall be holding interviews on 22nd January 2010. As shortlisted candidates will be notified by email, it is imperative that you provide an email address that is accessed frequently. References will be taken up before interview unless you indicate otherwise as part of your application. Please quote reference 434-09. Thank you for your interest in working at St George’s, University of London. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by email (or by post if no email address is supplied). We aim to respond to all candidates within 5 weeks of the closing date of the vacancy. 9
  10. 10. ST George’s, University of London STAFF BENEFITS 1. Pay and Pensions Final salary pension schemes (including option to continue existing membership of NHS pension scheme) Pension Scheme Employee’s Contribution Employer’s Contribution NHSS 6% 14% SAUL 6% 13% USS 6.35% 14% • Promotion procedure (annual) to recognise increases in responsibilities • Merit Increments reviews (annual) to recognise and reward outstanding performance 2. Annual Leave • Minimum entitlement of 27 days per year or maximum 32 days (pro-rata for part-time staff) • 8 Bank Holidays • 3 extra statutory days per year (normally between Christmas and New Year) 3. Work/Life Balance • Flexible Working (part-time or reduced hours of work, opportunities to work from home for many posts, local flexibility in agreeing start and finish times of work) • Generous maternity leave benefits (8 weeks full pay and 16 weeks half-pay) after completing one year's continuous service • Long term sickness absence pay (rising to 6 months full pay and 6 months half pay after 5 years' service) • Adoption and Paternity Leave entitlements • Paid Time Off for Dependants (compassionate leave or for domestic emergencies) • Parental Leave • Childcare Voucher scheme 4. Staff Development Programme • Personal Development Review (appraisal) scheme for all staff. 10
  11. 11. • Comprehensive programme of training and development • Management Development programme • Learning and Teaching Support programme for teachers of students • Dedicated programme for Research Staff, including career development, writing for publication and planning and managing a research project. • Departmental and central funding for staff development • Opportunity to achieve European Computer Driving Licence qualification 5. Trade Union and Staff Representatives • Staff Forum for representatives of all staff groups to raise employment issues • Formal recognition agreements with a number of trade unions 6. Staff Support • Occupational Health Service • Staff counselling and support service 7. Staff Facilities • Sports Club (gymnasium, exercise classes, four open squash courts, two aerobics room, one resistance machine room and one free weight rooms) • St George’s Club, Bar and Shops • Interest-free loans for season tickets, car parking permits and costs of training courses. 11