MRI Physics Lead

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year /pro rata
Closing date
17 Dec 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The Non-ionising Radiation Physics Section is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Clinical Scientist to join our friendly and expanding team. The Medical Physics Department is based at Poole Hospital, providing services throughout Dorset. The department currently comprises 3 sections Ionising Radiation Physics, Non-ionising Radiations Physics and Clinical Measurement. These teams of Clinical Scientists & Clinical Technologists support clinical services across 2 NHS Trusts. This is an exciting time for the Medical Physics Department which is expanding, including the creation of a non-ionising radiations group.

Further opportunities for professional development will be supported. Good working facilities and modern equipment are also provided, together with a friendly, inclusive team spirit, where everyone is expected to contribute to the development of services.

Poole is situated on the south coast, with the beautiful Dorset coastline and countryside on its doorstep. Relocation expenses may be available. Assistance with accommodation costs for up to 3 months is available.

Due to the nature of the Section's service delivery a willingness to travel between sites in a timely manner is essential.

Additional contact information

Dr. Michael BrooksDeputy Head of Ionising Radiation Physics / 0300 019 8156

This role requires HCPC Registration as a Clinical Scientist

Base Location: Poole Hospital

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will support the delivery of our MRI equipment quality assurance, optimisation and safety programme, with the aim of assisting our supported sites in meeting their statutory and professional best practice obligations.

The role will involve acting as MR Safety Expert, MR equipment procurement, commissioning and provision of QC, optimisation & radiation safety. The role will involve training / teaching other staff and there will be opportunities to develop services. The other areas of Non-ionising Radiations are led by another post, but collaboration will be welcomed. NIR modalities currently include ultrasound imaging, lasers, UV & blue light phototherapy and other appropriate EMF areas.

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To assist with the development of clinical MRI services in a variety of clinical areas, to optimise MRI protocols and to assist with the procurement, evaluation, and planning of new MRI installations.
  • To translate research and innovation to the clinical environment advising other healthcare professionals and exploring new ways of working as a result.
  • To act as Trust Lead MR Safety Expert in providing MRI safety advice and MRI safety training for a range of healthcare professionals.
  • To perform MRI quality assurance procedures, develop these as required and interpret the results and provide recommendations when appropriate.

To provide training and teaching in MRI Physics for Medical Physics STP trainees, other trainees, other professional groups and students at Bournemouth University.

Person Specification



  • BSc in Physics, Engineering, Computer Sciences or Life Sciences.
  • MSc in Medical Physics or Medical Imaging (or equivalent) and successful completion of the STP training scheme in an appropriate specialism or equivalent.
  • HCPC Registration as a Clinical Scientist.


  • PhD in relevant discipline.
  • Chartered Physicist, Scientist or MIPEM equivalent.
  • Certification as a MRSE
  • Management qualification
  • Completion of HSST Training



  • At least 4-6 years' experience in magnetic resonance imaging physics, and medical image processing
  • Sufficient knowledge and experience to act as a MRSE
  • Used to working in multidisciplinary teams. Experience in MR safety and quality assurance in a clinical environment.
  • Knowledge of MR Physics and its application in a clinical setting.
  • Awareness of recent developments in both clinical and/or research MRI applications. Presentation of scientific papers at local and national meetings.
  • Presentation of scientific papers at local and national meetings


  • Post-doctoral experience in clinical MRI research.
  • Experience of team management
  • Success in obtaining research grants and income generation.
  • Publication of scientific papers or other reports.
  • Experience of research management

Technical Skills & Competencies


  • Ability to operate MRI equipment independently
  • Strong mathematical skills, capable of analysing large amounts of data using modern software.
  • Ability to use and program using a range of software packages.
  • Ability to communicate complex data or facts to a variety of audiences.
  • Full UK Driving License


  • Fluent in scientific programming in e.g. Python



  • Extensive scientific, clinical and safety knowledge of MRI.
  • High level of understanding of patient and staff risks arising from the use of MRI
  • In-depth understanding of relevant legislation, national / international standards, professional and other guidelines.


  • Extensive scientific, clinical and safety knowledge of all non-ionising radiations used in medical practice.
  • High level of understanding of patient and staff risks arising from a range of non-ionising radiation exposure.

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to sustain prolonged periods of concentration despite frequent interruption in busy clinical service

Language Requirement


  • Able to speak English as necessary to undertake the role

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Poole Hospital



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