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Salary: Research Assistant: £28,331 - £30,046 per annum

            Research Associate: £30,942 - £38,017 per annum


Closing Date: 15 January 2021

The Role


This full-time postdoctoral research position is funded by an NIHR AI Award. The OCTAHEDRON project aims to create automated software for detecting early signs of neurodegenerative disease in OCT retinal images, via machine learning. (OCTAHEDRON: Optical Coherence Tomography Automated Heuristics for Early Diagnosis via Retina in Ophthalmology and Neurology). The project is a collaboration between neuroscientists, computer scientists, ophthalmologists and neurologists, at Newcastle University and regional NHS Trusts (Newcastle upon Tyne and South Tyneside/Sunderland).  The work involves application of machine learning to the analysis and classification of OCT images, in close liaison with the NHS research informatics team and project team members. 


This post is fixed term for 12 months.


For informal enquiries contact or .

As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.

Key Accountabilities



  • Contribute ideas and technological enhancements to the research project, under general guidance of the project co-investigators and in collaboration with the project team

  • Determine, enhance and apply methodologies for curating and structuring the OCT image database; develop metrics for assessing OCT image quality, in collaboration with project team

  • Develop  machine learning network architectures for analysing and classifying OCT images; train networks and evaluate performance on image databases

  • Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations

  • Produce written reports of project work  and contribute to formal writing up and dissemination of the results, through publications in appropriate journals

  • Present results both internally (to project team) and externally to appropriate scientific and clinical conferences

  • Contribute to supervision, with guidance, of final year undergraduate or Masters research projects,  where relevant,  and/or provide support to postgraduate research students or Research Assistants, where relevant

  • Contribute to project-related public engagement events

  • Interact with NHS and university staff on project-related activities


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Detailed knowledge, prior experience and strong skills in machine learning techniques and their application to real-world challenges (either in academia or industry)

  • Strong software engineering skills, especially using the python programming language

  • Experience and strong understanding of image processing

  • High level of analytical and problem solving capability

  • Excellent ability to communicate complex information with clarity and to encourage the commitment of others

  • Evidence of research achievements in machine learning (e.g. research outputs; conference presentations; technical papers)

  • Knowledge of java and R programming languages (Desirable)

  • Knowledge and experience of biomedical imaging (Desirable)

  • Experience in deep learning (Desirable)

  • Familiarity with high performance computing environments (e.g., HPC clusters, GPUs, Cloud resources) (Desirable)

  • Experience in working in highly interdisciplinary environments (Desirable)

  • Experience in presenting work at conferences (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Proactive, problem-solving attitude

  • Ability to work well as part of a team and rapidly acquire new skills

  • Ability to prioritise tasks, take initiative and work independently

  • Ability to incorporate constructive guidance from supervisors and collaborators in flexible, productive manner

  • Track record of success in related project work

  • Interest in innovation & applications of science to biomedicine (Desirable)




  • Masters in Computer Science, Maths, Physics, Vision Science or other relevant discipline (Research Assistant level)

  • PhD in Computer Science, Maths, Physics, Vision Science or other relevant discipline (Research Associate level)

  • Candidates with demonstrably equivalent experience in industry are also encouraged to apply


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


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