Junior Specialist in the Functional Advanced Neuroimaging (FAN) Lab
The Department of Neurology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist. The Junior Specialist will work in a Biomedical Engineering / Neurology research program that develops novel medical imaging techniques to understand brain physiology and damage in patients at risk of stroke and dementia. This position is funded by the NIH through a grant from the National Institute of Aging. The candidate will play a key role in analysis of positron emission tomography (PET) images from a novel total-body EXPLORER PET scanner, the first of its kind in the nation. The scans are performed with new radiotracers that allow us to visualize and model the presence of amyloid and tau in the brain - abnormal protein deposits that are hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease. The Junior Specialist will also perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and work with medical personnel to evaluate changes in brain blood flow and oxygenation in patients at risk of stroke and dementia. Candidates should have excellent communication skills as they will interact frequently with research and clinical staff, as well as with patients and families. Junior Specialists will mentor and in turn receive support from undergraduate student researchers who rotate through the lab. Ideal applicants are highly organized, independent, and engaged in our research during weekly team meetings and journal club discussions. The Junior Specialist will also learn cutting-edge imaging methods and implement them in our study analyses. For these responsibilities, familiarity with Linux / Unix systems and coding skills (MATLAB, R, Python) are a bonus. Candidates will provide high-quality data analysis that will result in meaningful, peer-reviewed publications (e.g. in journals such as Stroke or Alzheimer's and Dementia). We encourage the Junior Specialist to read recent literature and develop new hypotheses, and they will have opportunities to present research findings at local and broader scientific conferences. This full-time position provides in-depth research training in medical imaging, and is excellent preparation for application to future graduate or medical studies. The employment contract is for one year, but there is the possibility of extension depending on research need and candidate's trajectory. Website for the lab is https://fanlab.engineering.ucdavis.edu/.
Principal Investigator: Audrey Fan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neurology
Basic Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, or related field. Great communication skills, demonstrated ability to work independently, and enthusiasm for medical imaging research. Preferred Qualifications: Previous experience in a lab and familiarity in programming (e.g. MATLAB, R, Python) are desired.
To receive the fullest consideration, applications must be received by April 15, 2021 However, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2021. Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae as PDF files. Applicants must also provide contact information for 2 references.
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