Philips Image Analysis Scientist in Belfast, United Kingdom

Your challenge

The successful applicant will be responsible working within the image analysis research and development and computational pathology programme within the Belfast Team. The aim will be to develop highly innovative and performant image analysis algorithms, methods, routines and associated software to support tissue and cellular analysis in pathology. The individual must be creative and be able to work as part of a highly creative and ambitious team of researchers. They must have experience in advanced algorithm development, and be able to draw on that knowledge to develop novel solutions across a range of pathological problems. Coding experience in a range of relevant languages is essential including open source – with the view to fast prototyping solutions. A range of digital pathology research activities will be undertaken from image management, intelligent search, pattern recognition, image classification, content based image retrieval, deep learning, and machine vision in pathology. The individual must be motivated to make genuine impact in the field and strive to make PathXL a leading hub for innovation in computational pathology.

As part of the Philips’ Digital Pathology Solutions business PathXL is a global pioneer in the development of web-based software to support cancer research. We design and develop ground-breaking technology that dramatically impacts medical science. Our vision is to be a driving force in digital and computational pathology, providing innovative, effective and reliable software solutions that are used in cancer research, discovery and diagnosis.

Your responsibilities

  • To innovate in the field of computational pathology

  • To apply knowledge to design, develop and validate new algorithms to resolve complex pathological imaging problems

  • To keep up to date with the latest advances in the field of image analysis generally and specifically in the area of digital pathology

  • Work within the Research Management process to produce prototype implementations for algorithms for handover to development teams.

  • Work with imaging implementation teams to take ideas from concept to product

  • Handover of algorithms and associated technical documentation to development teams for implementation and product creation

  • Management of your own time to deliver high quality research results

  • Ensure effective IP management and support patent applications

  • Publish research papers in the field of image analysis

  • Present data internally to scientific team and externally at scientific congresses

Your team

This position reports into the Head of Research and is located at our Belfast office.

We are looking for


  • PhD in imaging, bioinformatics, modelling, statistics, or any other project involving a sizeable amount of computational or algorithmic development

  • Experience of algorithm development and visualisation of results

  • Experience in fast-prototyping new solutions using novel and open source code

  • Experience in research techniques, study design and statistical analysis

  • Experience in software programming using development languages relevant to image management and analysis

  • Experience of Deep Learning frameworks such as Theano, Tensorflow, Keras, Lasagne and Caffe

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills


  • Experience in pathology informatics and big data analytics

  • Post-graduate experience in pathological image analysis

  • Experience in handling and analysing whole slide images

  • Experience of building systems for digital pathology

  • Experience of working in industry

  • Experience of collaborating with other researchers

  • Experience of delivering software within a defined software process

  • Experience of agile development methodologies

  • Experience with Python, Java or C++ Experience with openCV

Our offer

We welcome you to a challenging, innovative environment with great opportunities for you to explore. Our benefits are very competitive and designed around your preferences:

  • A competitive base salary plus a high performance related bonus.

  • Access to private healthcare insurance

  • Holiday allowance of 25 days a year from the start (plus bank holidays)

  • Learning and Development opportunities through our Philips University

  • Family friendly policies which offer enhanced maternity and paternity schemes

  • The Philips Employee Shop allows employees to buy Philips products at discounted prices


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