Principal Clinical Scientist

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Per Annum
Closing date
20 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated MR clinical scientist to join the MR Physics Group at The Christie. This role is suitable for an experienced MR clinical scientist who is looking to develop their role within the field of clinical MR physics. Candidates with more limited experience may be considered for appointment at a lower band initially.

The MR Physics Group is part of the Imaging Physics and Radiation Protection Group and comprises a team of eleven MR clinical scientists and physicists who support approximately 40 MR systems across 22 MR departments, at sites across the North West of England. We provide an integrated support role across the departments we work with, working closely with clinical colleagues to optimise imaging and to improve and develop services. Other core elements of the role include acting as MRSE, equipment testing and teaching. Each group member leads on support to 2-3 Trusts within the region, taking responsibility for the scientific and safety support provided.

We also have an expanding research role at The Christie and actively contribute to CRUK and BRC funded research projects, with strong collaborations with the Radiotherapy Related Research department at the University of Manchester.

For a further information or an informal of the role, please contact Mike Hutton (MR Physics Group lead) by email ( or telephone (07940715993).

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the job include:

- Lead in providing MRSE support to 2-3 NHS Trusts with North West of England region- Lead on provision of clinical and scientific support to 2-3 NHS trusts in the North West of England region- Contribute to research and development activities of the MR Physics Group- Contribute to the teaching and education role of the MR Physics Group, which includes postgraduate and FRCR programmes and developing novel teaching material using an MR simulator in collaboration with the North West imaging Academy- Perform equipment and installation testing and audits

You should have proven experience in MR physics and hold a post-graduate qualification in medical physics. The MR Group act as MRSE across a range of clinical MR services and IPEM MRSE certification (or actively working towards this) is essential. We work closely with other health professionals and clinicians to improve the safety and quality of MR clinical services, so excellent communication skills are a must. Travel to NHS trusts within the North West Imaging Networks on a regular basis is a requirement of the role, but your work will be focused on only 2-3 NHS Trusts. The ability to deliver service improvements and innovative solutions is essential.

We strongly encourage career development and support to undertake the HSST scheme is possible for the right candidate.

About us

The range of clinical MR specialisms that we work across (e.g. MR for radiotherapy, cardiac and neuro-imaging specialisms) make the work extremely varied and interesting. We often work independently, but are fortunate to have a large, experienced group with strong links to academia. We communicate regularly as a group to share knowledge and good practice. Our work provides opportunities to undertake research and service development

Manchester is a hub for sport, music and culture as well as a friendly, vibrant city. The Christie is located 4 miles to the south of the city centre, in close proximity to Didsbury and Chorlton where there are many independent shops, restaurants and bars. With excellent transport links and due to the regional nature of the service a choice of living location is possible - from city centre Manchester to the beautiful Peak District, Cheshire or the Pennines.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Management
    • Assist the MR Section Lead in the planning, provision and development of MR services in the region, the North West Imaging Networks and other MR service providers as part of the MR Sections regional MR scientific support role.
    • Participate in the Quality Management System for the section and develop standardised safety framework documentation.
    • Assist the MR Section Lead in collaborating with radiology managers and other staff within NHS trusts across the North West Imaging Networks and other MR service providers in the development of business cases, service specifications and equipment and software specifications for new facilities and services.
    • Take a lead role in implementing acceptance testing and quality assurance procedures for new equipment provided to NHS trusts across the North West Imaging Networks and other MR service providers.
    • Ensure all Trust policies are adhered to with particular reference to health and safety, patient confidentiality and risk management.
    • Take an active role in all aspects of clinical governance.
    • Supervise and direct the work of the other clinical scientists within the MR Section.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
    • Provide scientific advice and support to clinical magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy.
    • Take a particular lead in certain areas of the scientific support to advanced techniques such as MR spectroscopy, functional MRI and MR used for radiotherapy planning, both in terms of supporting routine clinical use and participating in collaborative research.
    • Take a particular lead in certain areas of the scientific support as defined by the MR Section Lead.
    • Collaborate and liaise with clinical colleagues and other professionals working within the field of MR both locally, nationally and internationally where appropriate.
    • Provide safety advice to magnetic resonance imaging and contribute to the Sections role of Magnetic Resonance Safety Expert (MRSE) at the clinical sites which the MR Section supports.
    • Provide safety advice relating to specific patients with respect to the MR conditionality and MR safety of various implantable devices and surgical prostheses.
    • Develop a good working knowledge of the functionality of all the MR equipment at NHS trusts across the North West Imaging Networks and other MR service providers.
    • Undertake analysis and interpretation of MR data for individual patients and provide patient related reports and data/results generated as part of the scientific support to routine clinical services.
    • Contribute to the prescription of non-routine specialised MR procedures for individual patients and specific patient groups as required at the MR departments supported by the MR Section.
    • Provide support and expertise to MR imaging within radiology and radiotherapy at The Christie as required and support colleagues engaged in specific activities related to The Christie.
  • Research
    • Liaise with the MR Section Lead in the identification of areas of research appropriate to MR service development and improvement in the delivery of clinical services.
    • Seek to identify and exploit innovation to achieve improved clinical outcomes and increased value for money in MR services.
    • Present results via written scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and oral presentation at approved scientific meetings.
    • Through evaluation of the scientific and medical literature, identify results of published research in imaging and MR in particular which could have relevance for the delivery of clinical and scientific services, and develop evidence and quality-based programmes to implement such developments.
    • Disseminate information on new methodologies and techniques in MR imaging to other appropriate research groups.
    • Take a leading role in the provision of scientific support to advanced MR techniques, both in terms of supporting other MR Section members and leading in collaborative research projects.
    • Work with research groups both within NHS trusts across the North West Imaging Networks and universities to develop and execute relevant research programmes.
    • Assist NHS trusts across the North West Imaging Networks and other research groups to identify and secure funding for research programmes.
    • Work with the MR Section Lead to maintain all the requirements of Research Governance.
    • Provide informal and formal supervision of PhD students, STP trainees and HSST trainees working within the MR Section.
  • Teaching and training
    • Take part in the training of safety issues pertinent to the MR Environment where necessary and ensure that the relevant MR safety guidelines are adhered to.
    • Contribute to various teaching commitments, formally and informally at universities and Institutions relating to the education of radiologists, radiographers and scientists involved in MR.
    • Assist in the training of clinical scientists and trainee physicists undertaking placements in MR.
      • Contribute to the University of Manchester HSST training programme in relation to MR.
  • Professional
    • Undertake continuing professional development in compliance with the requirements for registration of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), maintain a professional portfolio and have a commitment to the training and development of other professional colleagues.
    • Undertake certification as an MRSE through the IPEM MRSE certification scheme.
    • Participate in mandatory study days
    • Identify self-training needs to the MR Section Lead
    • Participate in training courses as required by the MR Section Lead
    • Keep abreast of developments and maintain in-depth knowledge in techniques, legislation and good practice relating to MR, the range of investigations supported by the MR section and the equipment used in the North West Imaging Networks.

  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of current statutory legislation, standards and relevant national guidance relating to the practice of MR imaging and spectroscopy and health and safety principles e.g. non-ionising radiation regulations, CEMFAW regulations, COSHH, manual handling, etc.

    Person Specification



    • State Registered Clinical Scientist
    • Honours degree in an appropriate physical science
    • Higher degree (MSc or equivalent).
    • Certification as MR Safety Expert (MRSE) or at advanced stages of working towards this


    • PhD or equivalent evidence of research training
    • Corporate membership of IPEM or other equivalent professional body
    • Management qualification



    • Significant experience in Medical Physics the majority of which should be in magnetic resonance
    • Sufficient knowledge and experience in clinical MR to act in the capacity of MRSE


    • Supervision of junior MR clinical scientists, students and trainees



    • Good interpersonal skills
    • Clear and articulate communicator
    • Teaching aptitude to communicate complex MR physics principles at a range of levels to varying staff groups.


    • Effective collaboration with other organisations
    • Links professionally within the field of MR



    • Expert knowledge of magnetic resonance physics
    • Wide experience of MR clinical applications
    • Appropriate health and safety legislation
    • Extensive knowledge and experience of MR safety matters


    • Understanding of research, development and clinical governance
    • Working knowledge of quality management systems.



    • Ability to demonstrate the organisational values and behaviours
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