TRABIT ( is an ambitious EU-funded project aiming to develop new computational methods to analyse the “wild” type of neuroimaging data arising in the standard clinical treatment of brain disorders. TRABIT is currently inviting applications for 15 early-stage researcher (ESR) positions in a dedicated PhD research program involving some of Europe's most renowned universities, research hospitals, and industrial R&D divisions.


The selected ESRs will receive an interdisciplinary research training, with a special emphasis on overall career development and on the translation from academic research to industry and clinical practice. TRABIT has the explicit ambition to bring novel quantitative image computing methods into the clinic, enabling improved healthcare delivery to patients with brain disease.

This specific position focuses on the development of computational tools to assess congenital brain defects in utero. Such disorders of the brain appear during fetal development and are present at birth. Many congenital brain defects have a very poor prognosis, with little hope for definitive curative care. Some cases of congenital brain defects can nonetheless be prevented, while the severity of others can be reduced by prenatal interventions including fetal surgery.


The candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.

Successful applications are subject to academic approval; the selected candidate will be enrolled in a PhD programme at UCL.

The appointment is available with an ideal start date in April 2018 and is funded for 3 years. 


Key Requirements
  • The successful candidate should have a master's degree in applied mathematics, physics, computer science, or electrical engineering, or a similar degree with an equivalent academic level.
  • A genuine interest in medical image computing, machine learning and/or signal processing is a must, as is the ability (or the willingness to learn) to program in C++, Matlab or Python. Prior exposure to medical imaging is not required
  • Ability to travel for secondments in the TRABIT network is essential.
  • The candidate must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their career and not awarded a PhD at the time of their recruitment.


Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed via the UCL HR Jobs Portal

If you have any queries regarding the scientific content of the vacancy, please contact Dr. Tom Vercauteren. For general application queries, please contact Ms Sarah Jeffrey,
Closing Date
21 January 2018