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Research Associate, Radiology, Cumming School of Medicine

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Job ID: 14738

Updated: September 27, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Radiology in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Research Associate in therapeutic ultrasound for brain disorders will be part of the "Magnetic Resonance Guided Focused Ultrasound Research Platform" project. Over the duration of this project, the use of ultrasound will be explored as a mechanism to induce non-invasively neuromodulation for a better understanding of neurological functions and the development of new therapies for brain disorders. The project will involve conducting ex vivo and in vivo validation, and perform bench-to-bedside transfer of discoveries.

This position will be part of the development and execution of ultrasound-based experimentation, and manage day-to-day operational aspects of a laboratory. This position will help to advance the Cumming School of Medicine and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute in becoming a leader in the advance of focused ultrasound for brain applications. The selected candidate will have a unique opportunity to join a world-class team of neurosurgeons, neuroscience, physicists and imaging scientists. The Hotchkiss Brain Institute is a highly recognized institution in the areas of neurosciences and imaging.

This position reports to the Principal Investigator. 

The Research Associate will play a critical role in the high level leadership of the group, working closely with the Principal Investigator to determine the course of the group.  This will include contributing to research and funding strategies, identifying and helping to secure funding opportunities and shaping the vision, direction and structure of the group.  In the absence of the Principal Investigator, the Research Associate will provide direction for the Lab.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Determine and Purchase ordering of equipment and consumables
  • Organization of laboratory space and storage of consumables
  • Develop, implement and maintain laboratory documentation regarding (but not limited to) safety practices, standard operational procedures, hazard assessment, among others.
  • When necessary represent the Centre on committees related to the research operations and occupational health and safety
  • Evaluate facilities and make recommendations for improvements/renovations to improve functionality of the Focused Ultrasound Lab as needed
  • Setting and maintenance of the following major pieces of equipment (but not limited to):
    • Acoustic characterization tank.
    • Diverse Focused Ultrasound systems for in vivo testing
    • Stereotactic systems for in vitro characterization
  • Independently design and execute experimental protocols
  • Participate in translational efforts
  • Prepare, submit and present scientific communications
  • Along with the Principle Investigator, develop and implement the strategic vision of the research project(s) and research group
  • Take responsibility for successful completion of projects from the conception stage through the submission of all contract deliverables and project closure
  • Act as primary liaison between research team, national, and international collaborators
  • Represent research team at national and international meetings, conferences, and seminars
  • Monitor and control the schedule, budget, quality and risk of projects undertaken by the research team
  • Make high risk decisions that may impact the scope, budget, and schedule of large projects
  • Full responsibility for quality control
  • Conduct research and provide documentation for use in scholarly publications
  • Monitor and control the financial health of the group; track spending and intervene to maximize cost effectiveness of the group activities when required
  • Participate in high level funding and research strategy sessions
  • Identify and pursue national and international research and development opportunities
  • Develops operating procedures, safety protocols, and makes recommendation on workflow improvements
  • Responsible for reliable and safe operation of all laboratory equipment

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Ph.D level in the areas of therapeutic ultrasound is required
  • Experience with Medical Imaging is desirable 
  • 2-5 years of Post-doctoral experience is desired
  • Experience in Magnetic Resonance Imaging is desired
  • Track record of publications as first author
  • Solid references from current and past supervisors
  • Min 10 yrs of technical experience (after undergraduate completion)
  • Perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of moderately complex technological systems
  • Advanced or expert skill in programming languages such as Python, Matlab and C/C++.
  • Advanced skills in processing of medical imaging
  • Advanced knowledge of standard electronic laboratory equipment such as oscilloscopes, function generators, amplifiers, network analyzers
  • Knowledge of 3D design, 3D printing and machine shop operation
  • Project management skills preferred
  • Ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders
  • Provide technical support for others through consultation on research issues
  • Extensive knowledge of theory and practical application of related technical procedures
  • Must be open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Demonstrated communication, organization, innovation, and interpersonal skills
  • Advanced or expert skills in MS Office Suite, Internet
  • Knowledge of University core business systems is desirable

Application Deadline: This position will remain open until filled; however, applicants will be reviewed as they are received.

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase III.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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