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  • Ref no: RGU02857
  • Published: 8/11/19
  • Closes: 8/12/19
  • Location: RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
  • Salary: £30,942.00 - £33,797.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week

Job Summary

The Research Assistant will work on a one year Newton Fund project in collaboration with UNAM (Mexico) and funded by the British Council.

The project is focused on the development of support tools for the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases, specifically pulmonary hypertension, based on the analysis and processing of medical images, deep learning and data science. The main aim is to produce a software which will be transferred to a hospital setting in benefit of the public health sector of Mexico City. A tool of these characteristics will provide significant advantage in the reduction of time and man-hours to diagnose patients, which has a positive impact on the Mexican economy and social welfare.

You should hold a MSc or PhD in Computing Science or related fields as well as having significant research experience carried out in fields such as medical imaging, mathematical modelling, computer vision, pattern recognition or machine learning.

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

Closing Date: 08 December 2019


Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Carlos Moreno Garcia, School of Computing Science and Digital Media

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibilities

PURPOSE OF POST: Incorporate as research assistant in a collaboration project with a Mexican partner.


-Carry out significant research in the fields of medical image analysis, deep learning and data science, to collaborate in a project which aims at developing tools for the modelling and understanding of cardiovascular diseases.

-Execute a work programme under supervision aligned with the project grant.

-Carry out literature review and experiments to produce scientific reports, outputs and academic publications.

-Interact with academical, research and medical staff from the university and the Mexican partners to develop an awareness of the research and the appropriate methodologies to follow.

-Work towards an MRes/PhD degree if applicable and if agreed with the School.

-Undertake other reasonable duties that may be requested by the School.

Person Specification

Essential Requirements

Qualifications and Professional Memberships
MSc or PhD in Computing Science or related fields.

Significant research carried out in fields such as medical imaging, mathematical modelling, computer vision, pattern recognition or machine learning.
Experience in publication of scientific articles in national and/or international conferences and journals.
Experience working alongside a multi-disciplinary team involving health sciences.

Desirable Requirements

Qualifications and Professional Memberships
Membership of national or international societies on related fields (e.g. IAPR, BMVA, SNI, etc.)

Some knowledge of Spanish is desirable to better interact with the collaborators and stakeholders, although this is not mandatory.

Few years of post-MSc or PhD research experience.
Successful in establishing collaborations, both internally or externally.
Publication track in medical imaging, mathematical modelling, computer vision, pattern recognition or machine learning.



Behaviour 1 - Communication 

Ability to receive, understand and convey both straightforward information, and information requiring careful explanation, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2 - Decision Making

Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others


Behaviour 3 - Service Delivery

Experience of giving customers a positive and satisfactory service, by providing accurate and up to date knowledge of services available in own and related areas of work


Behaviour 4 - Liaison and Networking

Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner and working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships


Behaviour 5 - Planning and Organising Resources

Experience of planning, prioritising and organising your own work or resources to achieve agreed objectives


Behaviour 6 - Analysis and Research

Experience of identifying and using a range of sources to produces reports that combine different types of data

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