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#115866 MR Imaging Operations Lead

Extended Deadline: Wed 7/6/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/27/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/08/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Depending on experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the SRA 1 or SRA 2 NEX level

While not required a cover letter is strongly encouraged for this position.


The UCSD Department of Radiology offers continued career growth opportunities, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art services for clinical and translational studies.

The Center for Multimodal Imaging and Genetics (CMIG) is a multi-disciplinary group of scientists, programmers, and support staff that plays a leading role in several national and multinational initiatives involving collection and analysis of imaging, genetic, and behavioral data from healthy controls and patient populations.

CMIG hosts the Data Analysis and Informatics Center (DAIC) of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, an ongoing, NIH-funded study to follow ~12,000 children with longitudinal neuroanatomical, functional imaging and behavioral assessments across 21 sites within the US. The major goals of the study are to provide a publicly available data resource to examine the relationships between environmental influences -- including substance use -- and adolescent brain and cognitive development.

The Center for Translational Imaging for Precision Medicine (CTIPM) at the University of California San Diego, which includes three state of the art imaging facilities, is dedicated to clinical and translational research. The ACR-accredited Center was established in 2015 to make world-class breakthroughs in magnetic resonance physics directly available to physicians, patients, and the research community. CTIPM offers the latest technology, scanning techniques and analysis available in MR imaging.

Under general supervision, the incumbent will independently be responsible for assuring and analyzing imaging data integrity and protocol compliance for both phantom and human MRI data acquired for several large multi-site studies, including the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study and the HEALthy Brain and Child Development study. The incumbent be responsible for maintaining existing fBIRN-style phantom data processing pipelines (MATLAB) and developing additional functionality, as required. This position requires strong quantitative, analytical and computing skills on desktop and server-based processing systems. The incumbent will be required to adapt to evolving requirements, to maintain clear documentation of all methods, and to work closely with investigators to continuously improve data processing and tracking procedures.

In addition to the image processing tasks above, the incumbent will help support the CTIPM MRI Facility, which includes administration of active research projects, training investigators to use the MRI scanner in accordance with safety regulations, maintaining and troubleshooting the scanner as needed, maintaining the current MRI calendar scheduling system, and being first point of contact for the routine functioning of the facility. Participation in the collection of structural and functional MRI data is required. The incumbent will contribute to scientific manuscripts and publications and perform information searches on the internet and through library resources.


  • Demonstrated 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 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. Skilled in proof reading and editing. Knowledge of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

  • Demonstrated good judgment and decision-making; problem-identification and resolution; identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance through application configuration and programming techniques.

  • Demonstrated advanced organizational and project management skills, including ability to work independently, determine appropriate priorities, and complete projects accurately, efficiently, and with a high level of attention to detail, despite competing deadlines.

  • Demonstrated strong computer skills specifically in Matlab, in addition to experience with Linux and Microsoft Office suite.

  • Must have a valid CA driver's license and acceptable driving record.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be flexible and willing to work some evenings and weekends, and work in several locations (e.g., Main Campus, East Campus) including some driving to scanner locations.

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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