MRI TECHNICAL RESEARCH FELLOW

 
The BNAC has state-of the-art MRI scanners and an expert staff who work with investigators on all phases of imaging research projects, including the planning, acquisition and analysis of data. The center provides comprehensive support to investigators and their staff. Two research and two clinical scanners are available; a 9.4 T with CryoProbe and X-nuclei capabilities used for small animals and tissue samples, a fully equipped top-of-the-line 3 T research MRI used on human subjects and large animals as well as a 3 T MRI and a 1.5 T MRI for clinical research.
 
The MRI Technical Research Fellows devote 100% of their working time to provide support for research and clinical trial activities at the BNAC. This involves the acquisition of MRI images on ultra-high field and high-field scanners, quality assurance, data analysis and other supporting activities. This position requires a highly creative individual with exceptional abstract problem-solving abilities and a rigorous attention to detail. Flexibility with regard to challenging tasks and assignment priorities is a must. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential, particularly the ability to maintain clear and concise documentation.
 
Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Medical/Applied Physics, Optical Sciences or equivalent
  • Eagerness to participate in research activities
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new systems, operations or technical skills as required
  • Knowledge of MR scanner operation and safety
  • Understanding of factors that affect MR image quality
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Proficiency in shell scripting, MATLAB, Python or similar language
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced medical research environment
  • Ability to be highly-productive under time constraints with minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Work hour flexibility

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Well-versed with Unix/Linux environments
  • Masters of Science in Medical Physics/Applied Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Optical Sciences or Electrical Engineering OR PhD in Medical Physics
  • Experience with Bruker MRI systems and/or small animal MRI is an asset
  • Small animal handling skills
  • Experience with scanner protocol implementation, pulse sequence compatibility, training of MR technicians and consulting for multi-site projects
  • Experience with design, development, and implementation of novel pulse sequences on MRI scanners
    with emphasis on the brain, optic nerve and spinal cord
  • Experience with Siemens, GE, Philips and/or Toshiba clinical MRI scanners is an asset
  • Experience with image processing and image analysis programs
  • Familiarity with diverse computer operating systems and programming
  • Data analysis, writing grant proposals and scientific papers
  • Scientific/research background preferred

Duties and Responsibilities:
To provide research support at the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center including:

  • Operation of pre-clinical and clinical MR scanners
  • Small animal handling
  • Scanner protocol implementation, pulse sequence compatibility, training of MR technicians and consulting for multi-site projects
  • Data analysis
  • Provide supporting information to assist in the preparation of grant proposals and manuscripts
  • Assist in the development of novel MRI acquisition, processing and analysis methods
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned

For consideration:

If you are interested, please send your CV, a letter describing your research interests, career goals and contact information for at least two references to: Dr. Ferdinand Schweser schweser@buffalo.edu