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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/06/2021.

Career Grade / PET Clinical Scientist

Job Reference: 317-2021-22-053

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Nuclear Medicine - 420602
317 03 Campus for Ageing and Vitality
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 15,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “Healthcare at its best with people at our heart”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.72 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has been twice rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

An exciting vacancy has arisen for an experienced PET Clinical Scientist interested in research to join our multi-disciplinary scientific team. This post is accountable to the Nuclear Medicine Department for line management purposes and to the PET-MR centre for research and development. The PET-MR centre is situated at the Newcastle University Campus for Ageing and Vitality.

The successful candidate will have a robust understanding of PET physics, radiation protection, experience of PET methodological development with application to biological research and a keen interest in working in a clinical research environment. The post will involve the development and application of novel PET technological approaches integrated with the MR acquisition methodology, including optimising clinical applications. The post-holder will work closely with an MR Physicist who will have primary responsibility for MR methodology. As a core member of the PET-MR team, the post-holder will also be expected to engage with our clinical collaborators to deliver the application of the methods in our established patient populations. The post-holder will be involved in all aspects of the research including method development and validation, data acquisition and processing and dissemination of findings through conference abstracts and first author publications. The post-holder will also have opportunities to develop their own area of research with the expectation that, in time, they will develop an independent research career within the University imaging teams.

The successful applicant must be a qualified Medical Physics Expert to be appointed at Band 8a. However, a Band 7 appointment would be considered for a candidate with outstanding potential to quickly progress to an 8a after accreditation as a Medical Physics Expert, this will need to be achieved within 6 months for completion and submission.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the post informally with Ross Maxwell, PET MR Technical Director,

The Nuclear Medicine Department is part of the Radiology Directorate of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust.

Full Time 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week


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