Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

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    Louis Wellings

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    +44 (0)151 666 8952

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  • Published:

    over 1 year ago

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The Opportunity:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a committed individual to drive forward changes to the breast cancer screening pathway, which can lead to significant benefits to many women, through the development and acceptance of a cutting-edge technology.


My client is developing a low dose version of molecular breast imaging (LDMBI). They aim to use this technology to screen for breast cancer in women with dense breast, replacing mammography for this application.

The project, in collaboration with Newcastle NHS Trust, will develop detectors, collimators and algorithms to create a device which will be installed and tested at a Newcastle hospital. At the end of the project the aim is to have everything in place to start a clinical trial immediately.

Critical to the success of the success of the project will be ensuring the technology meets the needs of the stakeholders, which will include clinicians, patients and commissioners. The Principal Investigator (PI) will work with all parties to ensure this.

Following a successful project, the PI will lead the technology through clinical trials and adoption in the healthcare sector.

  • The PI will drive the development of medical technologies, facilitating data collection and steering the path for adoption of the technology
  • The PI should have extensive knowledge of radiation detectors, with experience in the development of detectors for specific applications
  • Leading the team responsible for the development of imaging technology, through the design and testing phases
  • Mapping of regulatory and clinical pathways to determine development requirements
  • Work with clinical, patient and commissioning stakeholders capture, and ensure the technology meets, the stakeholder requirements
  • Ensure regulatory requirements are met
  • Work with pathway setters to facilitate changes to existing protocols
  • Work with partners to ensure the technology and protocols are ready for clinical trials at the end of the project
  • Beyond the funded project, take the technology through clinical trials to market introduction, including improvements to the technology.
Person spec

The successful candidate should have a background in the development of new technology to meet end user needs. Experience of medical devices is essential and experience of radiation detectors desirable.

Essential skills and experience:
  • The individual should have the drive and self-motivation to facilitate the development and adoption of a game-changing technology
  • The ability to take control of a broad project and drive the technology to market introduction
  • Experience of leading a broad team across different sites and organisations, who will have competing demands for their time
  • Ability to work to time and budget
  • Delivery of stakeholder expectations
  • Science or engineering degree qualified
  • Minimum of 4 years in technology development
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience in developing technology in the medical field
  • The ability to develop a detailed understanding of radiation detection
Desirable skills and experience:
  • Over 10 years’ experience in the field
  • A PhD in an appropriate subject
  • Experience of taking a technology through clinical trials
  • Experience of development of radiation detector

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