Principal Clinical Scientist (Medical Physicist)

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The Institute of Nuclear Medicine has an international reputation for excellence in academic and clinical nuclear medicine. We are located in the heart of the UCL/UCL Hospitals campus within University College Hospital, providing a comprehensive nuclear medicine service that now undertakes over 20,000 studies per year to patients referred from UCLH and hospitals throughout the UK. In addition to the extremely varied clinical workload, we have an extensive and internationally recognised internal research programme. We collaborate with both local and external researchers and are actively involved in the Trust's NIHR BRC-funded programme for translational research and with its clinical trials portfolio. Our key strengths include operation of the UK's first PET/MR system, the exploitation of PET and SPECT-based multimodality imaging, and access to a range of experimental PET and SPECT tracers. We are developing cutting-edge techniques for oncological, neurological, and cardiac imaging, and are centrally involved in a very rapidly expanding and developing radionuclide therapy programme.

Main duties of the job

We have a wide range and expanding portfolio of equipment which includes PET/MR, three PET/CT systems, and four SPECT/CT systems, together with DXA bone densitometry and a full range of supporting nuclear medicine instrumentation. A wide range of routine and innovative experimental inpatient and outpatient radionuclide therapy procedures are also performed, and we have a large central radiopharmacy with laboratory facilities on-site.

The post-holder will contribute to the work of an established team of nine clinical scientists who provide critical scientific and technical support to the work of this leading department. You will be expected to participate in the very wide range of research and development activities of the department by contributing to the introduction of new procedures, research projects, and supporting the operation of our SPECT/CT, PET/CT, and PET/MR instrumentation. There is also a key requirement to support systems for radiation safety, QA, and governance and to act as a Medical Physics Expert for the department. This post offers an excellent opportunity to extend your experience as a clinical scientist in nuclear medicine at a highly regarded centre that develops and practices cutting-edge techniques.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

At UCLH, we have a real 'One Team' ethos, and our values - safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

University College Hospital is located in a very pleasant cosmopolitan area in the heart of Londons West End and one which has excellent local and long-distance transport connections. The department itself has a vibrant, friendly, and multi-disciplinary teamand we benefit from Londons unrivalled range of social, cultural and sporting facilities. Hospital accommodation and key worker accommodation packages are available.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree plus higher (Master's) degree in Physics or other relevant subject, or equivalent. Doctoral degree (PhD), or equivalent knowledge and experience.
  • Formal Medical Physics training, including substantial content of Nuclear Medicine, delivered through a recognised training scheme e.g. IPEM.
  • UK State Registration as a Clinical Scientist through the HCPC.
  • Registration as a Medical Physics Expert.


  • Experience in other relevant areas of Medical Physics.



  • An expansive and detailed knowledge of the principles and practice of nuclear medicine in a clinical context, to include a full understanding of:
  • oThe physics of nuclear medicine, and the principles of operation of radiation detectors.
  • oThe range of diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine procedures including current professional best practice guidelines and standards, and important new clinical and methodological developments.
  • oThe operation of the full range of current nuclear medicine SPECT, PET and hybrid imaging equipment using both CT and MR, and image processing workstations.
  • oThe performance assessment, acceptance testing, commissioning, quality assurance and calibration of the above equipment.
  • oExperience with the principles and practice of radiation safety applied to unsealed radioactive sources, the practice of clinical nuclear medicine and the control of occupational and medical exposures, including the interpretation of the regulatory framework governing these activities within the UK.
  • oKnowledge and experience with regard to radiation dosimetry, sufficient to act as a Medical Physics Expert (MPE) as defined by the Ionising Radiation Regulations (Medical Exposures) Regulations 2017 noting also the EU Basic Safety Standards.
  • oThe principles and practice of internal radiation dosimetry, sufficient to perform estimates of the patient tumour and critical normal organ doses arising from non-standard procedures.
  • oCurrent methodologies for the processing and analysis of nuclear medicine, SPECT, PET and CT image data, including application specific procession techniques as well as registration and correction for inherent artefacts (physiological motion, scatter, attenuation, partial volume).
  • oStatistical methods for the analysis of clinical and scientific data derived from the above systems.
  • oWindows operating system and PC applications software including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, web browsers, mail tools.
  • oProgramming, e.g. one or more of - Visual Basic, C/C++, IDL, Matlab, scripting languages. Basic knowledge of website development and relational databases. Working familiarity with functionality of current PACS and RIS systems.


  • Knowledge and experience of the principles and practice of CT and/or MRI in a clinical context
  • An understanding of : oTechniques for kinetic modelling. oMonte Carlo modelling. oWindows/Linux/Unix operating systems. oReconstruction of tomographic data (SPET/PET/CT) oClinical governance and audit, NHS research strategy etc.
  • Good track record of presentation and publication

Skills and Abilities


  • The ability to analyse and solve scientific and technical problems, particularly under pressure.
  • A demonstrated commitment to, clinical research and development.
  • Organisational and analytical skills.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own workload.
  • Personal drive and direction, and the ability to work with autonomy.

Personal and People Development


  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team with a demonstrable commitment to participate fully in delivering a professional, high-quality clinical service.
  • Ability to communicate tactfully at all times with other staff groups and patients, remaining calm and objective under stressful conditions, and willing to seek advice when necessary.
  • Ability to provide expert scientific and technical support and advice on the correct operation, safe use and proper care of the department's imaging equipment.
  • Ability to deliver training, education and supervision of staff and students including CPD and the development of staff competencies to fulfil Trust policies and legislative requirements.


  • To undertake formal teaching and lecturing as required in support of internally and externally organised courses, contributing also to the formal and informal education and training of visitors of all staff groups to the department.
  • Ability to support students undergoing research projects as part of a formal degree and for internal development projects

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



235 Euston Road



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