Technical Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center (Research Assistant 3/Research Associate 1)

Storrs, CT
Feb 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Technical Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center (Research Assistant 3/Research Associate 1)
Job ID: 2017355
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Posting

The University of Connecticut invites applications for the position of Technical Director in our Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC). This is a full-time, non-tenure track, end-date position with a high possibility of renewal.

UConn has embarked on an ambitious program of faculty and student growth, including growing its cognitive neuroscience community. In support, UConn has opened the 3,200 square foot, research-dedicated Brain Imaging Research Center housing a Siemens Prisma 3 Tesla scanner. The primary focus of the center is cognitive neuroscience research using functional MRI (fMRI). However, the scanner is also used for structural MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, simultaneous EEG, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), and it supports cardiovascular and musculoskeletal imaging research. Facilities are suitable for scanning individuals from infancy to elderly adults, as well as clinical populations.

The Research Assistant 3/Research Associate 1 (Technical Director (TD)) will be responsible for the development and maintenance of the Center's scientific and information technology and will contribute to the Center's day-to-day operation. The TD will:
  • Oversee, coordinate, and manage the technological aspects of MRI imaging process, including scan sequence programming and data acquisition, storage, and analysis.
  • Maintain data systems (Linux, Mac), databases (MySQL), and software across data processing computers and data storage servers (PACS, scheduling, safety training).
  • Oversee the management of imaging hardware (scanner, console, software) and peripheral devices (response boxes, physiological recording equipment, eye tracker, etc.) Maintain the lab and equipment and ensure everything is in proper working order; troubleshoot problems with equipment, obtaining repairs/maintenance as necessary. Provide similar expertise, maintenance and support for other BIRC instruments, such as EEG, TMS, and tDCS.
  • Consult with researchers regarding the collection and analysis of data using BIRC's scientific equipment.
  • Establish and maintain procedures related to data quality assurance.
  • Teach student and faculty researchers to become competent users of equipment
  • Establish and maintain operational procedures.
  • Ensure and maintain required documentation for compliance with safety, environmental and infection control standards, and with local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Organize and direct the maintenance of facilities, equipment, supplies and materials.
  • Maintain careful records of all work performed.
  • Maintain a certification in First Aid and CPR

Minimum Qualifications:

For consideration as a Research Assistant 3:
  1. A B.A. or B.S. and four to five years of post-degree experience or an M.A. or M.S. in cognitive science, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, medical physics, physics or related field and at least two years of post-degree experience

For consideration as a Research Associate 1:
  1. Ph.D. with one year of post-degree experience or, in extraordinary circumstances, an M.A. or M.S. with eight to ten years of post-degree experience.

For either rank:
  1. At least one year of experience working with MRI
  2. Demonstrated skills in MRI pulse sequence programming
  3. Strong IT skills relevant to the processing, storage, and sharing of MRI data
  4. Ability to install and maintain hardware and software used for stimulus presentation and behavioral measures in neuroimaging experiments

Preferred Qualifications
  1. Experience operating an MRI console
  2. Knowledge and experience with EEG, TMS, and/or tDCS
  3. Previous research experience, especially in cognitive neuroscience or other BIRC research foci
  4. Expertise in the analysis of MRI data
  5. Experience supervising and training users of scientific facilities
  6. Ph.D. in appropriate field

Appointment Terms

The anticipated start date is March 15, 2017, but is negotiable. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

Select "Apply Now" to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit a cover letter describing qualifications, a curriculum vitae and any supporting materials. Additionally, please follow the instructions on Academic Jobs Online to direct reference writers to submit at least three letters of reference on your behalf. Applications are preferred by February 15, 2017, but the position will remain open until filled. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2017355)

Inquiries can be addressed to Jay Rueckl, Chair of Search #2017355, Department of Psychological Sciences, U-1020, 406 Babbidge Road, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-1020 (or emailed to [email protected]).

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


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