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#115855 Microimaging Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Wed 5/25/2022

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UCSD Department of Radiology is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, leading-edge research, and state-of-the-art services for clinical and translational studies. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growth opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under direction, the incumbent will perform/oversee all operations of the lab. The incumbent independently coordinates, integrates, executes, and completes research projects using various imaging techniques, including brightfield microscopy, confocal microscopy, bioluminescence, electron microscopy (EM), ultrasound (US), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The incumbent will independently conduct research projects based on reviews of scientific literature and recent advances in related fields while contributing original/novel ideas of major methodological significance to projects, designing key experiments and developing newtechniques. Additionally, the incumbent will be required to communicate and manage interactions with multiple parties who are stakeholders in these imaging studies. The incumbent will be responsible for cadaveric human specimen and small animal handling and organization, as well as aid in research involving human research subjects. The incumbent will organize imaging data and perform qualitative and quantitative imaging processing. The incumbent will maintain the budget administration and planning for an imaging research lab. The incumbent will also be responsible for aspects of manuscript and grant proposal preparation and submission, including technical writing and editing, budget preparation, and aiding compliance with assorted regulatory agencies for funded research. The position requires demonstrated ability to perform independent research and provide leadership to a productive research team. Performs other related functions as required.


  • Extensive theoretical knowledge and practical experience in Biology, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related scientific discipline.

  • Proven ability to independently execute research projects, through the independent planning, organizing and performing of experiments and selecting of data for analysis.

  • Skill in experimental design and adaptation of methods to achieve results. Ability to integrate data from multiple sources to synthesize conclusions. Ability to read and abstract scientific articles and apply to the design of experiments.

  • Knowledge, experience, and demonstrated ability in the development, maintenance, and execution of research protocols and techniques.

  • Proven demonstrated experience interpreting, troubleshooting and analyzing results of scientific experiments.

  • Ability to interpret data and results of the projects for publication or grant applications. Demonstrated ability to write and publish articles for scientific journals.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to interact professionally and effectively with diverse populations, in person, in writing, and in electronic correspondence.

  • Advanced knowledge in multimodality microimaging.

  • Extensive experience in animal and biologic tissue experimentation.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, accurately with attention to detail, maintain confidentiality, and function effectively under deadline pressures to fulfill assignments on schedule. Excellent organizational skills.

  • Proven ability to effectively document complex research procedures, accurately record experimental details and results, perform mathematical calculations necessary for data analysis, prepare graphs and figures to summarize results and write reports.

  • Demonstrated skill and experience with digital image manipulation software.

  • Strong computer skills including knowledge of PC software applications such as Word and Excel to produce manuscripts, reports, correspondence, graphs, and spreadsheets to generate, track, and analyze required data. Demonstrated ability to navigate and utilize electronic mail systems and the internet.

  • Ability to follow federal, state and university regulations for the conduct of scientific research.

  • Proven ability to contribute to original project development ideas, experimental design and strategies, as well as their implementation into a variety of research projects.

  • Proven ability to exercise effective control over situations or events and ability to make recommendations or decisions that affect office and laboratory operations.

  • Demonstrated experience in general laboratory maintenance and cleanliness.


  • Doctoral degree/graduate degree in Biology, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related science discipline is preferable (i.e., PhD or MD).

  • General understanding of UCSD policies and procedures. Strong knowledge of campus structure, organization, research programs, UC policies and procedures relating to research, and research facilities.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Willing to work with carcinogens, human cadaveric specimens, and research animals.

  • Occasional travel to different sites around UCSD campus.

  • Variable schedule may be required to achieve research goals.

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

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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