[FieldTrip] Faculty Research Assistant – Maryland Neuroimaging Center

Joseph Dien jdien07 at mac.com
Fri Apr 12 05:46:47 CEST 2013

The Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences Program (NACS) at the University of Maryland College Park is seeking a full-time post baccalaureate faculty research assistant for the Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC). The MNC FRA is expected to learn to operate a Siemens 3T MRI machine, to assist on research projects using the MRI machine, assist the MR Physicist as needed in ongoing use and maintenance of the MRI machine and assist as needed with the efforts of the center. The university is establishing a fully-equipped brain imaging center around a new Siemens 3T Trio MRI system. In the future, the MNC will include MEG, and high density EEG facilities. This is a full-time, contractual and benefits eligible position. Salary and benefits are competitive. Start date is late spring, early summer 2013. For best consideration, please electronically submit a resume, cover letter with a description of education, any research experience and computer expertise, and three references by May 17, 2013 to jcgorski at umd.edu with “FRA Search” as the subject line.

The Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC) is the home for neuroimaging research at the University of Maryland. Housed in a spacious new facility in the Gudelsky Building, adjacent to the main College Park campus, the center has been designed to foster collaboration among neuroscientists, psychologists, cognitive scientists, engineers, and physicists. The MNC is an initiative of the University's interdepartmental Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program, www.nacs.umd.edu.

General Description: To assist the MR Physicist as needed in the ongoing use and maintenance of the MRI machine. Primary duties and responsibilities include: Perform research MRI scanning protocols, archive and network-transfer research data. Develop and maintain databases. Coordinate and assist with scheduling. Work with MR Physicist to develop QA/QC procedures. Scan research subjects and phantoms in various MRI scanning environments to include QA/QC. Coordinate and manage scheduling of the scanner in conjunction with MR Physicist and MNC staff. Keep the scanners and control areas supplied and neat. Oversee and maintain the highest standard of safety in the MRI environment for research subjects, UMD staff and equipment. Archive study data and transfer in various modalities. Test and maintain emergency equipment and supplies. Resolve scan and other equipment malfunction issues expeditiously. Order supplies and equipment as necessary. Additional special projects as assigned.

Qualifications: College degree required. Applicants must have a strong science background and a B.S. degree, preferably in biomedical sciences, engineering, psychology or neuroscience. Experience with diverse computer environments and other electronic equipment is desirable, as well as basic familiarity with computer programming and/or operating systems (e.g. Linux). Knowledge of MRI scanners/equipment is desirable, preferably the Siemens 3T trio system. We are seeking an individual with experience working in an academic environment, preferably in human subject research. Experience with software/hardware used in human research, including psychophysiology, EEG, MEG is a strong asset. This position is ideal for a recent graduate looking to gain research experience before pursuing long term career options and/or further education. The newly hired person will be trained by current MNC staff on use and maintenance of the scanner.

Applicant must demonstrate technical inclination, basic troubleshooting skills, and willingness to learn, and possess a positive, team-oriented attitude. This position requires an individual that is extremely reliable and responsible yet flexible. Must be able to take initiative to implement positive changes, solve problems, and work independently. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 


Joseph Dien,
Senior Research Scientist
University of Maryland 

E-mail: jdien07 at mac.com
Phone: 301-226-8848
Fax: 301-226-8811

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