Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$62,324.27 - $100,219.50 /Year
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#123142 Imaging Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Thu 6/1/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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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 & Siemens Prisma)* 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.

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 (MRI) research. The incumbent will assist the CFMRI development team in (1) technical design, development, and testing of complex MRI pulse sequences; (2) development of novel signal processing methods; (3) development of standardized protocols for MRI acquisition and analysis; and (4) integration of acquisition and analysis methods. Previous MRI pulse sequence development experience is preferred. The incumbent will independently acquire, analyze, and interpret body and brain imaging data from 3T MRI scanners for research support and testing purposes. The incumbent will utilize specialized research equipment and software, perform quality assurance tests, and provide support for the scanning and computing environments where the procedures, processes, and research tools are implemented. Strong quantitative, analytical, and computing skills on Linux, Macintosh, and Windows processing systems will be required. 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 senior staff and faculty.


  • Advanced theoretical knowledge of work in a quantitative field (such as 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 protocols 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.

  • Experience with Siemens IDEA and/or GE EPIC MRI pulse sequence programming environments


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • 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.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $62,324 - $100,220 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $29.85 - $48.00

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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