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Research Associate in Electronic Engineering for Imaging Brain Function with Electrical Impedance Tomography

Research Associate in Electronic Engineering for Imaging Brain Function with Electrical Impedance Tomography

Full Time

The appointments will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £32,375 - 39,132 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) is a new portable inexpensive imaging method which has the potential to provide high resolution tomographic images of the brain in health or disease. One leading application lies in its use for imaging in acute stroke. EIT systems are small, safe and portable. They could be deployed in an ambulance collecting a stroke victim and so enable rapid brain imaging which could be reported over the internet by a radiologist and allow a paramedic to give immediate  clot-dissolving agents. This would save invaluable time over the current method of waiting until hospital admission and so could save many lives. This has led to a MRC Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme grant to develop this method with studies first in animal models and then in human subjects.

The appointee will join a multidisciplinary team working on the development and testing of this method. Collection of EIT data for imaging stroke requires high precision impedance measurement across frequencies and is a demanding engineering problem. The signals are at the edge of accurate detectability and need to be of high quality to be reconstructed into accurate images. Their role will be to develop novel EIT instrumentation to achieve this.  It will require a good understanding of analogue and digital electronics and preferably integrated circuit design. They will also be involved in related engineering aspects of the study, such as analysis of measurement errors, system design, integration with novel electrode helmets and the use of the equipment in making physiological and clinical recordings in collaboration with other members of the group.

The work will take place in an interdisciplinary bioengineering/neurophysiology research group in the Department of Medical Physics at UCL http://www.ucl.ac.uk/silva/medphys/research/eit), which is in an attractive part of central London, close to the museum, theatre and shopping districts. It will be for 18 months in the first instance.  The vacancy is available immediately. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Prof. David Holder  (d.holder@ucl.ac.uk),.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply on line please go to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/ and search on Reference Number 1342929. Further details on research in the group are at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/medphys/research/eit.

Closing Date: 21/07/2013 by 5.00pm