Filled Vacancies

UCL Department / Division: Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £33,353 - £40,313 per annum

Closing Date: Wednesday 05th August 2015


Main Purpose of the Post:


We are seeking a post-doctoral research associate to work on the integration of a suite of novel imaging hardware, software and surgical tools into a unified platform that will provide unprecedented capabilities for fetal surgery. Within this large project, a number of researchers are developing new imaging instruments and surgical tools, such as fibre-optic ultrasound / photoacoustic probes, tracking devices, and dedicated actuators / stabilisers based on fluidic muscles. The successful candidate will join this unique team and bring his/her expertise to develop complete surgical systems that take advantage of the research done in the group.


In terms of software duties, the key role will be in designing and developing API's to control and drive the hardware components within the surgical systems and integrating them within the software platform. This will require: (1) wrapping the low-level hardware drivers into a high-level library and automating the different necessary hardware controls, e.g. data acquisition, calibration pipeline, feedback loops, etc; and (2) processing the multimodal data streams together with pre-operative data such as MRI and 2D/3D ultrasound to assist in utero fetal surgical procedures. The position does not require experience of electronics development although understanding of the basis would be a plus.


In terms of surgical systems design, the project is ambitious and widely scoped and therefore there will be exciting opportunities to lead the development of novel surgical devices or methods e.g. for significantly extending our ability to estimate physiological parameters during surgery.


This post is funded for 2 years in the first instance. 


Key Requirements:



The successful candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent industry experience) in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, or a related subject and be able to demonstrate excellent engineering skills. They will also have demonstrable experience in programming and hardware-software integration. Previous experience in translating novel medical imaging or sensing modalities is highly advantageous.


In order to be considered for a grade 8 the candidate must have significant experience in the field as well as experience of leading a research team.


Further Details:


A job description and person specification as well as the application form can be accessed through the UCL HR website (ref 1473406).

Further information about GIFT-Surg can be found at: Further information about the Translation Imaging Group can be found at:

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Ms Neha Shah (  If you have any queries in relation to the research work please contact Dr Tom Vercauteren (