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#96186 Imaging Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Thu 10/25/2018

This is a Limited position. This appointment may be extended or converted to career status based on the needs of the department.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/25/18. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Center for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CFMRI) is a state-of-the-art resource for the San Diego research community that makes possible advanced imaging studies of the function, physiology, and anatomy of animals and humans.The Center houses three cutting-edge imaging systems: • Two 3T short bore scanners (GE MR750) • One 7T system (20 cm bore, Bruker Avance II console) To assist in research subject preparation for fMRI studies, a mock MRI scanner is also available. Since its opening in 2002, the CFMRI has supported the research activities of numerous funded (primarily NIH, NSF, and DOD) projects from UCSD and other research centers, including The Salk Institute, San Diego State University, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, and The Scripps Research Institute. The total annual funding of projects supported by CFMRI is approximately $40M, and the annual recharge budget for the Center has grown to nearly $2M.

Under general supervision, the incumbent will work and consult with CFMRI staff, users of the Center’s imaging facilities and vendors to develop, test and implement research data acquisition and analysis procedures, workflows, and environments for magnetic resonance imaging research. The incumbent will acquire and independently analyze and interpret body and brain imaging data from 3T and 7T scanners for testing purposes and research support, perform quality assurance tests, and provide support for the environments on which the procedures and processes are run. This position will require the incumbent to independently acquire and analyze brain and body imaging data using specialized research equipment and software, and to support the data environments where the research tools are implemented, so it will require strong quantitative, analytical and computing skills on desktop and server based processing systems. The incumbent will utilize a unique combination of advanced skills and knowledge across multiple specialties, including MRI systems operation and troubleshooting, neuroimaging data analysis, and computational research workflows. This position will require making independent judgments about test outcomes and responding with appropriate and, at times, innovative solutions. The position will entail working as part of a technical team led by a Senior Engineer.


  • Advance theoretical knowledge of work in a quantitative field (such graduation from college with major work in engineering, physical science, neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, computer science) or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience and ability to use Linux systems, Mac OS X, and Windows systems.

  • Demonstrated abilities to process and analyze data, such as biomedical images and physiological signals.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply innovative solutions to technical problems.

  • Demonstrated experience with MRI data or other medical imaging or related scientific data.

  • Knowledge and experience performing experiments using MRI systems or related scientific equipment.

  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot scientific workflows and/or MRI systems or related scientific equipment.

  • Knowledge of MRI or related scientific equipment safety and biosafety techniques and practices. Ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines and to direct others in proper safety practices.

  • Demonstrated advanced interpersonal skills to successfully interact, including faculty members from various University departments, staff from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and clients from outside the University.

  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication skills.


  • Demonstrated ability to use MATLAB and shell scripts for imaging processing and analysis.

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of python programming.

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of source code tracking software.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Variable schedule may be required.

  • Must be willing to work near a high magnetic field.

  • It is preferable that no metallic implants are present in the incumbent’s body.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous and biohazardous materials.

  • Must be willing to work with research animals.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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UC San Diego School of Medicine
Payroll Title:
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri


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