Job Opportunity: Researcher

SMED0321 Researcher

Physics and Engineering, Cancer Research, School of Medicine

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Reference Number SMED0321
Job Title Researcher
College/SASS School of Medicine
School/Directorate Cancer Research
Grade Please refer to advert
Job Category Research
Closing Date 27 February 2018

Summary of Job Purpose and Principal Duties

Closing date: 27th February 2018


Innovate UK-funded Researcher (1.0 FTE)

Grade: 7 maximum appointable spinal point is 29, £31,604

Appointment as a Researcher on the Grade 7 salary scale is dependent upon you ideally having been awarded a PhD and / or an MSc with extensive experience of optical radiation metrology. Individuals in the final stages of completing their PhD may be appointed initially on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 25 - 28 £28,098 - £30,688).

Day to Day Reporting to: Dr Ewan Eadie

Reporting Line Manager: Professor Sally Ibbotson

Staff Supervision: Expected to work alongside undergraduate, MRes and PhD students and other postdoctoral researchers.

Duration of employment: 1 year

Background and purpose:

Sun-damaged skin in the form of pre-cancerous lesions called Actinic Keratosis (AK), is a very common chronic condition in the UK, which affects around a quarter of people over 60. AK can cause significant discomfort and problems for patients and, if untreated, may transform into life-threatening invasive skin cancer. There is an effective and almost painless treatment for this condition, called daylight Photodynamic Therapy (dPDT). Patient satisfaction with this treatment is high because it takes place in outdoor daylight in any location of the individual's choosing. Despite the positives this treatment is only available to a small number of individuals throughout the UK due to concerns around obtaining enough daylight for the treatment to be effective. This project addresses these limitations and is a collaboration between UK start-up business siHealth Ltd and the Photobiology Unit at Ninewells Hospital. Using Earth Observation satellites and smartphone technology we aim to simplify dPDT for patients and practitioners. We will use the technology to assist with education and real-time monitoring to allow patients to treat themselves, whilst remaining under medical guidance. This project could facilitate wide availability of this invaluable therapy for those with this common chronic disease.

The postholder will be responsible for developing ground-based radiometric measurements for validation of Earth Observation satellite data. They will also be involved with validating the smartphone technology developed by siHealth Ltd.

Summary of Skills, Experience and Qualifications



  • PhD in relevant scientific area. Appointment will be considered for those without a PhD but with MSc and extensive experience in optical radiation metrology.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimal requirement of a major contribution to at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Demonstrable record of publication in good quality journals is highly desirable.
  • Scientific background in optical radiation and / or metrology is essential.
  • Experience of basic physics is essential.
  • Experience of independently running a project that has demonstrated creativity and initiative is desirable.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.

Additional Information

The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment.  We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.
The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (Athena Swan) which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.
The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.


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