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					                                   THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

                                    SCHOOL OF CLINICAL SCIENCES
                                  DIVISION OF ACADEMIC RADIOLOGY

Job Title:                        Non- Clinical Lecturer in Neuroimaging/Medical Image Analysis

Location:                         Division of Academic Radiology, Queen’s Medical Centre

Contract Status:                  This full-time permanent post is available from 1 September 2010
                                  and is open to job share.

Salary:                           £32,620 - £43,840 per annum, depending on qualifications and
                                  experience (salary may progress to £50,822 per annum, subject to
                                  performance).

Appointment

Applications are invited from outstanding medical imaging scientists for the above post to further develop
the interdisciplinary translational neuroimaging program within the Division of Academic Radiology, and
the Institute of Neuroscience.

The person appointed will be expected to develop a competitive program of research in neuroimaging
within, or allied to, the research directions of Academic Radiology. The main research interest is to
develop imaging biomarkers of CNS diseases and complex symptoms including neurodegeneration,
stroke, brain cancer, and chronic pain (see:
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/SCS/Divisions/AcademicRadiology/index.aspx.

Applications are particularly encouraged from those with research interest in diffusion tensor MR imaging,
molecular MRI or neuropharmacological MR studies. The successful candidate will be expected to
contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, student supervision, and to taught modules for
the MSc in translational neuroimaging.

Candidate must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, have an excellent track record in high
quality publications, significant independent postdoctoral research, and clear potential for international
leadership in their field. It is desirable that candidates should have a track record of raising external
research funding, collaboration across disciplines, experience in supervising postgraduate students, and
experience of different types of assessment and higher education quality assurance.

This Post

Accountable to the Head of Division of Academic Radiology.

This post will provide the Lecturer with an exciting and challenging opportunity to build on their own
research activities, to facilitate research development within the Division of Academic Radiology, and to
participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

1.        Research
          The successful candidate will have a proven track record in initiating and undertaking original
          research, as indicated by excellent publications record and grant income. We wish to appoint an
          individual whose research activities complement the activities of the Division (See appendix 3). A
          major criterion in making this appointment will be the research potential of the individual as well
          as the area of research activity. The Lecturer will be expected to obtain research funding for PhD
          and Postdoctoral Staff.

2.        Teaching
          The University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) are major
          centres for undergraduate and postgraduate education and teaching. Involvement in the
          supervision and teaching of undergraduates (knowledge and clinical skills) as well as making
          contributions to the management of teaching including participation in assessments (question
          writing, standard setting, clinical skills examinations), module coordination and curriculum
          development. The successful candidate will also be expected to play a significant role in post-
          graduate teaching.
       Academic Radiology has started a MSc course in Translational Neuroimaging in 2009/2010. The
       successful candidate is expected to contribute significantly to develop and deliver taught courses
       for this MSc, and to supervise MSc and BMedSci students for their research projects.

       In addition, contribution to mentoring and supervision of students is expected.

3.     Managerial and Administrative duties
       As a member of the Division, the appointee would assist in the development of the research
       programme, planning and delivery of teaching and contribute to an aspect of the Division of
       Academic Radiology’s administration.

       The Lecturer will take on a supervisory role for the information technology infrastructure for the
       Division. This will require close liaison with the School and University IT departments to ensure
       that the system specification and software remain current, and comply fully with University
       security policy.

       The Lecturer will share responsibility for the direct supervision of junior staff.

       The above list is not fully specific or comprehensive and the appointee may be expected to
       undertake other activities as required by the Head of Academic Radiology.

4.     Job Plan
       The appointee will be expected to show excellent time management and organizational skills. As
       such the post does not have a fixed timetable. The appointee will spend approximately 70% of
       their time on academic pursuits including research and supervision of research students, 20%
       teaching and developing teaching materials, and 10% on administrative duties. Flexible working
       is permitted, but a significant presence during working hours is required to facilitate interaction
       with students and staff. Attendance at staff meetings and the weekly divisional journal club and
       research meetings is expected.

5      Requirements for the post:
       •     A track record in research and plans for research consistent with the research strategy of
             the Faculty and the School of Clinical Sciences.
       •     A higher postgraduate research degree comprising a PhD or equivalent.
       •     The ability to work well in an academic environment, being able to combine leadership
             qualities with team-work.
       •     A full commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate education.
            Knowledge and skills to be able to maintain and develop the Division’s information
             technology infrastructure.

6.     Qualifications and Experience
       The appointee to the post must be able to:

       •       Perform well in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
       •       Attract research students and research funding.
       •       Co-supervise BSc/BMedSci, MSc and PhD students.
       •       Publish peer-reviewed papers in appropriate high impact journals.
       •       Teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
       •       Participate in University/Faculty/School/Divisional committees and related administrative
               function.

7.     Administrative support
       Office accommodation and administrative support will be provided, as will a PC with
       Email and Internet access. This new post will be supported by a share of University support staff.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor DP Auer, tel: 0115 823 1178, Email:
Dorothee.Auer@Nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this Email address will
not be accepted.
Person Specification:
Requirement       Essential                                          Desirable
Qualifications    Undergraduate degree in physics, computer
                  science, neuroscience, mathematics or other
                  relevant scientific degree (or equivalent).
                  PhD (with a significant component involving
                  analysis of medical images).
Medical           Significant research experience with               Experience of applying image
imaging           demonstrable independent research output.          analysis techniques in a clinically-
experience        Expertise in the field of MRI-based image          based research setting.
                  analysis with experience of statistical analysis   Experience in the
                  of images.                                         assessment/analysis of quality
                  Excellent knowledge of MR image acquisition        control for imaging data.
                  and analysis.                                      Deep understanding of MR physics.
                  Excellent programming skills.
                  Advanced practical knowledge of major image
                  analysis packages.
Managerial        Experience of management of resources,             Experience of obtaining research
experience        including personnel.                               ethics committee approval and R&D
                  Ability to foster good working relationships       approval for research projects.
                  within the research team, both clinical and        Experience of business planning.
                  non-clinical.
                  Ability to form effective collaborations with
                  researchers in other academic departments.
                  Understanding of research governance and
                  subject confidentiality issues.
                  Sound knowledge of safety issues in the MRI
                  scanner environment.
Teaching,         Ability to train and supervise junior members      Experience in module preparation,
training and      of the research team.                              supervision and assessment at a
supervision       Ability to teach other students and staff          post-graduate level.
experience        outside the research team at undergraduate         Teaching diploma or other evidence
                  and post-graduate levels.                          of training in teaching skills.
                  Experience of lecturing and demonstrating
                  techniques to students.
                  Experience of supervising or co-supervising
                  undergraduate research projects.
Research and      Proven track record of research in the field of    PI on grants held with research
publications      MRI-based medical image analysis.                  council, in the field of medical image
                  Demonstrable output of independent and             analysis.
                  innovative research.                               Principal or co-applicant on research
                  A clear potential for developing and               grants.
                  implementing novel image analysis
                  techniques and projects.
                  Authorship of peer reviewed publications in
                  leading journals in the field of medical
                  imaging.
Professional      Clear evidence of continuing professional          Member of, and contributor to, the
                  development.                                       relevant learned societies.
Personal          An aspiration to deliver research excellence.      Evidence of having received
attributes        Strong ability to cooperate in a multi-            professional training in
                  disciplinary team.                                 communication skills and person
                  Excellent communication skills both verbal         management.
                  and written.
                  Ability and enthusiasm to drive innovative
                  research projects in the field of medical
                  image analysis.
Other             Presentation skills.
                  Computer skills: data input, word
                  processing, email.
                  Proven reliable attendance record.


Please quote ref. VF/34190.
Appendix 1: Faculty of Medicine and Health Services and the School of Clinical Sciences

UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM MEDICAL SCHOOL

Nottingham has a strong reputation for clinical medicine, research and teaching. As one of the most
popular medical schools in the country it is able to select excellent students and produce and attract good
junior doctors. There is a strong commitment to develop and expand our research strengths. There are
excellent facilities to support current research interests.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Services is organized into eight academic schools, namely Biology,
Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Community Health Sciences, Graduate Entry Medicine and Health,
Molecular Medical Sciences, Nursing, Midwifery & Physiotherapy and Veterinary Medicine & Science.

RESEARCH

Research within the Faculty is undertaken by staff and research groups within individual schools and is
overseen by the Faculty Research Strategy Group, which is responsible for the overall strategic direction
of research, coordination of faculty wide initiatives and implementation of University wide initiatives.

Within the faculty are a number of flagship clinical translational priority groups, such as the NIHR funded
Biomedical Research Units (BRUs) in respiratory disease, gastrointestinal disease and hearing research,
NIHR funded Collaborative Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) in Mental Health,
ARC/Nottingham pain centre, Tobacco Control Studies. These and other translational areas and
preclinical research areas are supported by faculty wide research platforms, covering areas such as deep
sequencing, screening, human physiology and clinical research facility, MR imaging, animal imaging and
clinical trials unit. These faculty platforms underpin basic research technologies within the Faculty
emphasing multidisciplinary use.

In partnership with the Nottingham Universities Hospital Trust and Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, the
Faculty has been successful in establishing the 3 NIHR-funded BRUs a CLAHRC in Mental Health which
together have resulted in around £26m of additional NIHR funding coming to the Trust/University
partnerships. The University has also recently been successful in major bids to develop an academic
translational imaging unit and to set up the ARC/Nottingham Pain Centre.

The Faculty is a strong supporter of collaborative research, and our internationally-leading research
groups have many national and international collaborations. We also actively encourage collaborations
between workers in different Schools within the Faculty, particularly between basic scientists and
clinicians. Increasingly we are also collaborating with researchers in other Faculties, and this has been
particularly encouraged by recent strategic reviews. Particular fields of national eminence within the
Faculty of Science and Engineering include biosciences, chemistry, mathematics, physics, engineering
and pharmacy.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is consistenly successful in raising research funding. It
generated research income of nearly £30m last year and obtained grants of more than £30m from the
Research Councils and Wellcome Trust over the last three years. There has also been a major upgrade of
laboratory facilities on all sites.

TEACHING

Student teaching began in 1970 with an initial intake of 48 students a years, rising progressively to 253
students last year. More recently the Faculty has established a graduate entry programme at Derby
which is now in its fifth year and admits around 90 students. Undergraduate clinical teaching takes place
at various hospitals in Nottingham. The responsibility for teaching within the Faculty lies with the
Curriculum Policy Group which reports to Faculty Board. Course Management Committees responsible for
individual attachments report to the Curriculum Committees.

NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) came into being on 1 April 2006 when the two 3* rated
Hospital Trusts in Nottingham became one. It is one of the largest hospital Trusts in the UK with an
annual budget of more than £500 million, a total of 2,200 hospital beds across both campuses and over
11,500 staff and is currently in the process of applying for Foundation Trust status.
NUH (a major teaching Trust) enjoys close links with the region’s universities and attracts and develops
the highest calibre of staff. The work being carried out by NUH researchers has led to a reputation for
excellence and is making a very real difference to people’s lives. The Trust continues to attract and
encourage investment and remains at the forefront of research with about 700 active research projects
and combined Research and Development funding of around £9m from the Department of Health. As part
of a national clinical research collaboration, the Trust is a UK co-ordinating centre for clinical trials in
stroke and stroke rehabilitation. It houses a training centre in breast screening and has recognised
strengths in respiratory medicine and gastrointestinal disease, and major research interests in Magnetic
Resonance (MR) imaging, premature babies, dermatology, neurology, oncology, clinical haematology,
rheumatology, diabetes and urology. NUH is also a cancer centre – a major element of the Mid-Trent
Cancer Network.

SCHOOL OF CLINICAL SCIENCES

The School of Clinical Sciences was formed on 1st October 2008 from individuals previously in the
Schools of Human Development and Medical & Surgical Sciences and includes all hospital-based medical
and surgical disciplines. The research interests of the School are therefore diverse and include
Inflammatory Disease; Vascular Disease; Digestive Diseases; Surgery; Fertilisation and Embryonic
Development; Development through fetal life into the newborn period and further into childhood;
Neurology; Radiology and Dermatology. The School is home to NURTURE, one of the UK's leading
infertility units and hosts the biggest clinically-based gastrointestinal research grouping in the UK.

We are a large and dynamic school employing nearly 400 staff, principally in the Queen’s Medical Centre
and City Hospital Nottingham Campuses but also at King’s Meadow Campus and the University Campus in
the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences. About 70 of our staff are at Associate Professor grade or above
and more than 50 of these are clinicians.

Our Mission Statement is;
1. To deliver internationally-competitive research. In particular, to concentrate on research which will
   make a real difference to patients in the short and longer terms.
2. To provide innovative and inspiring professional teaching to undergraduate medical students, masters
   students and trainee researchers working towards degrees of DM and PhD.
3. To deliver cutting edge patient care in association with our NHS colleagues.

The School supports basic, translational and clinical research and works closely with the NHS, particularly
the Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust. We focus on areas of excellence where we are nationally
or internationally leading. These include our three National Institute for Health Research-funded
Biomedical Research Units in GI and Liver Disease, Respiratory Disease and Hearing. Nottingham is the
only University/NHS Trust Partnership in the UK to host three of these prestigious national units for
patient-based translational research. We have also recently been funded by the Arthritis Research
Campaign as their National Pain Centre. As well as cutting edge translational research at the interface
between science and medicine, we have world-leading research programmes in basic science and run
large, influential clinical trials. Strengths within the School include, but are not limited to: assisted
reproduction, bioimaging, clinical trials, effects of early life environment on development and disease;
stem cell science, infection; genetics; respiratory diseases; gastroenterology and hepatology; hearing;
stroke medicine; arthritis and pain; pre-clinical cancer studies;;

We teach medical students undertaking the clinical components of their professional training and pride
ourselves on our innovative student-centred clinical training. We also run internationally-acclaimed
masters courses in stem cell technology, sport and exercise medicine, assisted reproductive technology
and translational neuroimaging.

Some of our strongest recent innovations are in research training for PhD and MD degrees. We have
recently established the N-Trans DTC (The Nottingham Translational Research Doctoral Training Centre).
This programme, for both clinicians and basic scientists, contains taught modules in all aspects of modern
translational research training alongside opportunities to perform original research in any one of our
leading units, including our NIHR Biomedical Research Units. It complements other excellent PhD training
within the School. Our next aim is to establish a similar programme for Clinical Trial Research training

Most of our Schools’ Senior Researchers and Teachers are also clinicians who dedicate 50% of their time
to patient care within the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. This close juxtaposition brings
cutting-edge clinical care to our patients and clinical relevance to our research and teaching. We are
closely integrated with our full time NHS clinical colleagues, many of whom are themselves leaders in
research and teaching and who work closely with the School. We are working to further increase the
mutual benefit from integration between the University and NHS.
Appendix 2: Academic Radiology

The Division of Academic Radiology is part of School of Clinical Sciences. The Division of Academic
Radiology has established an international reputation in translational and clinical neuroimaging research.
It has major interests in development and qualification of biomarkers for common brain diseases
(neurodegeneration, stroke, mental disorders, multiple sclerosis and gliomas). The research is funded by
National Institute of Health Research, Department of Health, Medical Research Council, research charities
and the EU.

Divisional office space and a seminar room with modern audio-visual and IT equipment is based at NUH,
Queen’s Medical Campus, and the Lecturer will be based there. QMC also hosts other University
Departments, the office of the Faculty of Medicine, and lecture theatres. There is access to the NUH PACS
and CRIS system.

Academic Radiology has dedicated research access to the clinical MRI scanners at NUH including a
modern 3T MR scanner allowing for MRI research in children and acutely ill patients. In addition, there is
access to the unique MR scanning facilities at the UoN for research in healthy volunteers and ambulatory
patients.

Staff of Academic Radiology

Professor DP Auer                       Head of Division
Dr RA Dineen                            Clinical Associate Professor
This post – vacant                      Lecturer/non clinical
Dr MI Schubert                          Lecturer (clinical)
Advertised                              Research Radiographer
Advertised                              Part-time Academic Clinical Lecturer
Sharon Forman                           Research Co-ordinator and PA to Professor Auer

There are three fixed-term non clinical vacancies at postdoctoral level. The division hosts an academic
training programme with currently 3 academic clinical fellows in post (Years 1, 2 and 3).

There is an active postgraduate training programme with currently 10 postgraduate students (9 PhD and
1 MD students) in Academic Radiology and a further 3 PhD students from other Schools are co-
supervised by AR researchers.

Research Interests of existing staff

The main research interests of the department are as follows:-

•       Stroke/TIA – Neuroimaging markers to predict risk of recurrent stroke/ outcome
•       Neurodegeneration – Early disease markers and improved radio-pathological correlation •
        Neuroimaging of Pain - to understand mechanisms of pain/ pain relief in osteoarthritis
•       Brain Cancer – to predict tumour growth and infiltration/ to assess chemotherapy
•       Mental health – Neurobiological basis, Neuroimaging of drug effects/ stress effects

Academic Radiology is a member of newly formed Arthritis Research Campaign National Pain Centre and
has close research links with a national multi-centre Cancer Imaging Research Programme, and locally
with scientists both within and outside the School of Clinical Sciences, in particular the Institute of
Neurosciences and the Sir Peter Mansfield MR Centre.
Appendix 3: Institute of Neuroscience

Institute of Neuroscience

In 2003 the University of Nottingham established the Institute of Neuroscience (IoN, co-directors
Professors Stephen Jackson and Philip Bath) with the objective of promoting and developing the
University’s established strengths in basic and clinical neuroscience. The IoN brings together a critical
mass of more than 100 researchers to undertake high quality preclinical, translational and clinical
research. To facilitate and foster transdisciplinary research, the IoN is divided into four sections, and the
person appointed is expected to contribute in particular to the Neuroimaging section. For further
information see http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/neuroscience.

The UoN has invested in excellent facilities for translational imaging and in particular neuroimaging, with
whole-body MRI scanners operating at 0.1 T, 1.5 T (two scanners, one of which is located in a clinical
research unit based on the University Hospital campus), 3 T and 7T (the only 7T available in the UK,
funded chiefly by the Wellcome trust). These scanners are all dedicated to research, providing ample
access at reasonable scanning costs. Also available are animal scanners operating at 7T and 2.35 T, an
NMR microscope operating at 9.4T, bench top NMR systems, and an experimental 3T scanner used for
novel hardware developments. To support these NMR facilities the UoN also has a number of
experimental and commercial hyperpolarization systems, including one to be based in the clinical
research unit. Complementary to these NMR facilities are an MEG scanner, several MRI compatible EEG
systems and other MRI related infrastructure, including a number of computing clusters.