The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The Institute is named in honour of the scientist Alan Turing and its mission is to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better.
The Turing Health and Medical Science Programme has long-term interests in research study design and evaluation methodology for AI-driven healthcare solutions. It is seeking contribute to the development of standards for how to evaluate AI in clinical studies within the NHS and internationally. Following a recent NHS AI Award to Kheiron Medical Technologies, a specific novel opportunity has arisen for a two-year research programme that will specifically focus on optimising such standards for the breast cancer screening domain as part of a new Kheiron-Turing collaboration.
Further information about the award:
Four phases of award are available to support AI solutions from initial feasibility to evaluation within NHS and social care settings. The award is a competitive process run by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) as part of the NHS AI Lab, in partnership with NHSX and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Phase 4 is intended to identify AI technologies that need more evidence to merit large-scale commissioning or deployment. The AAC will work with NHS sites to support their adoption of these technologies, and stress test and evaluate them within routine clinical or operational pathways to determine their efficacy and accuracy, and clinical and economic impact.
We are seeking a two Research Associates with experience in one or more of the following areas: clinical trials study design, diagnostic tools evaluation and artificial intelligence, to develop novel methodologies and studies to assess the safety and efficacy of Mammography Intelligent Assessment (Mia), a novel AI breast screening solution, developed by Kheiron Medical on over 3 million images from different mammography modalities and different ethnic backgrounds.
Mia has recently been tested in a large-scale clinical trial in the UK and Europe with 283,000 cases (unseen and unenriched sample size).
We are seeking to support the full-time employment/secondment (up to 1.0 FTE) of the Research Associate(s) to the Alan Turing Institute. We are also happy to consider employment/secondments of 0.5 FTE (18 hours) or above to allow for flexibility with candidates’ existing commitments
The successful candidates will be managed by the Senior Research Advisor, AI Methods.
As part of the AI award, Kheiron will be conducting a series of studies, including large-scale retrospective trials, reader studies, prospective trials, and post-market surveillance This is amongst a series of recently commissioned large-scale studies of their AI deployed in a real-world national health system environment supported by the NHS. The project will also provide a framework to establish which combination of studies works best to evaluate the AI.
The role holder(s) will have the opportunity to undertake frontier research and produce publications in the novel design of evaluation studies for AI models in real-world health systems; as well as, be part of the frontier national work involving NHS, Alan Turing Institute, NICE, PHE, AAC and NHS X teams on how to safely and effectively integrate new, cutting edge AI technology, and establish the UK as a leading global exemplar for large scale deployment of AI solutions.
The research team will benefit from the support of a Turing Research Project Manager from within its strategic Health and Medical Sciences Programme.
Duties and Responsibilities
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If you are currently employed by a University, please provide a statement of support from the applicable Head of Department to allow secondment to The Alan Turing Institute for this project (see Terms and Conditions below). Statement can be submitted up to a week after closing date. This is an administrative requirement only and will not be part of assessment criteria.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 31st May 2021 (23:59 BST)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This full-time post is offered on a fixed-term basis for two years. The annual salary range is £37,000-£40,000 plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies, https://www.turing.ac.uk/work-turing/why-work-turing/employee-benefits
For research positions: Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant with the salary of £34,500 per annum
If you are employed by a University, you will be seconded to the Institute for the duration of the project, As a secondment, funding will cover salary and on-costs only plus VAT if applicable. Payments will then be made on a quarterly basis.