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Head of Image Analysis Group

Cancer Sciences

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £50,132 to £63,011 Per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 13 May 2019
Interview Date:   Thursday 08 August 2019
Reference:  1123719CM

Applications are invited for the head of the newly established bioimage analysis group in the joint research group of Professors Ober and Ward in the Centre for Cancer Immunology at the University of Southampton. The image analysis group will work closely with the microscopy group and the biomedical experimentalists, and apply state-of-the-art image analysis tools and develop novel methods to cutting edge biological and biotherapeutics development projects.

The position will be located in the laboratory of Professors Ober and Ward who are currently relocating their research group from the USA. The interdisciplinary research program is devoted to the development of novel antibody-based therapeutics that, to date, have led to several new therapeutics that are currently in advanced clinical trials. This focus is supported by the development of advanced microscopy approaches, in particular for single molecule and subcellular trafficking studies. Hence, we have a compelling need to develop new image analysis approaches and supporting software tools, and this has been a major area of our work. This research program is supported by major grants from the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, Faculty of Medicine and collaborating biopharma companies.

The team will consist of the head of the group and post-doctoral fellows who will be recruited in due course. While not every member of the team will be an expert in each of the disciplines, the team will have strong expertise in software development (primarily Java and Matlab) and extensive experience in advanced image and data analysis methodologies. In addition to the support of the research projects in the group, it is expected that the image analysis group will also be involved in high-level research related to image analysis methods development and the implementation of these new methods in suitable software. A major platform will be the Java-based image analysis framework that has been developed in the laboratory over recent years. 

While image analysis for microscopy will be the main focus of the team, there will be other opportunities for data analysis and the development of data analysis methodologies for problems that arise from the research projects in the group and collaborators. The team will also have oversight of the data management software and hardware of the laboratory.

The head of the group will be an efficient/capable manager able to carry out research projects and oversee laboratory members in a highly interdisciplinary setting. The position requires significant, independent interactions with collaborators within and outside the university. We are particularly looking for applicants with excellent research accomplishments who have the skills to build a leading international group.

All members of the image analysis group will possess relevant academic qualifications/work experience, good IT skills, ability to plan/organise their workload, use initiative, work well under pressure and communicate effectively/professionally with a range of stakeholders within and outside the organisation.  

The posts will be located in the Centre for Cancer Immunology at the Southampton General Hospital, a newly constructed research building that is the result of a significant fund-raising campaign. The Centre builds on a 40 year history of pioneering immunology and cancer research at Southampton. It is the first dedicated cancer immunology centre in the UK that brings the complete research pipeline under one roof: from pioneering discovery science to applied research and preclinical modelling and crucially onto first-in-human clinical trials and beyond.  It is home to world-class research facilities, state-of-the-art scientific laboratories and a Clinical Trials Unit. These positions are amongst at least 20 new research and other staff who will work with existing investigators to build on the exciting progress already made in the field of cancer immunology.

Please feel free to send any expressions of interest to Professor Raimund J. Ober at

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The vacancy will close at midnight on the closing date as shown above.

References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting.

If you need any assistance, please call Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote reference 1123719CM on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Silver Award holder: Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace. The Faculty recognises that applicants may seek flexible working patterns which will be considered as part of the recruitment process. For further information including key benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance, please see our working with us website pages.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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