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Full Job Title: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE - MRI biomarkers in neonates and infants

Job Number: 93066

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Date Posted: 1-10-2018

POSITION TITLE: Research Associate-Data/Technology


TITLES SUPERVISED: Research Assistants, Data Analysts, Biostatisticians


PURPOSE OF POSITION: To conduct independent research and support the independent research of others in a Medical Center dedicated to the care of infants, children, and adolescents.
The multidisciplinary team in the laboratory of Dr. Nehal Parikh is seeking a creative and highly motivated individual with solid training in image processing, computer science, and/or neuroscience to conduct research to develop advanced MRI (diffusion, functional) biomarkers in high-risk neonates and infants. The lab's research goals are: 1) to understand early brain development through structural and functional connectivity; 2) develop prognostic biomarkers of neurodevelopmental impairments (e.g., intellectual impairments, learning disabilities, autism) using advanced statistical approaches (e.g. machine learning); and 3) develop neuroprotective therapies in high-risk newborns ( The work promises to be challenging and presents a highly exciting opportunity to work on two NIH R01 projects. The research associate will have an opportunity to collaborate with diverse and energetic faculty within the Departments of Pediatrics and Radiology, the Perinatal Institute, Behavioral Medicine, and Pediatric Neuroimaging Research Consortium.

·Perform analysis and experiments:
Design, execute, and record analysis and experiments; apply standard scientific protocols to research, and improve current methods and evaluate innovative techniques. Develop and implement human subject research protocols, vertebrate animal research protocols and design experimental procedures and documentation in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations. Prepare, clean and analyze data. Maintain optimal protocol and accuracy by conducting regular quality and reproducibility checks.
·Communicate results/findings:
Draft, write, and edit scientific reports, papers, journal articles, and abstracts. Present information on research and department work to others at department meetings, journal clubs, and seminars. Present results and discuss relevant insights with Faculty and provide useful recommendations and analysis.
·Innovate and advance departmental capabilities:
Independently reproduce, evaluate, research, and improve techniques currently used. Adapt new methods to existing procedures and modify current analysis/experiments through scientific knowledge and intuition. Maintain accurate and detailed records of all analysis and experiments. Develop, set-up, and verify new procedures in the department. Standardize and establish new published procedures; evaluate innovative techniques. Develop new protocols; design formats. Maintain an integral role in the department's meetings, presentations, and publications. Troubleshoot and correct erroneous results or problems with department software/equipment. Maintain and repair software/equipment; monitor proper use by personnel.
Assist in preparing grant applications. Assist in preparing, writing, and maintaining fiscal budget. Monitor expenditures and prepare capital expenditure requests. Prepare, approve, and initiate check requests; track funding, maintain accurate balance, and resolve any discrepancies.
·Staff Leadership:
May provide day-to-day functional leadership for a team or directly manage a minimal number of support staff. Establishes team goals. Gives input into, and performs employee performance reviews. Oversees and guides work assignments. Serves as the functional expert and provides guidance to the team.
·Education and Training:
May serve as course master and develop new courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including appropriate plans for evaluating student performance; may deliver lectures as a guest lecturer in courses organized by other faculty. Assist in the training of new employees. Serve as a resource and/or mentor to coworkers. Assist in the development and presentation of department training. Identify training needs and provide necessary coaching.

·Doctor of Philosophy OR Doctor of Medicine OR Equivalent Degree
·3 years related postdoctoral experience

·Qualified applicants will have a PhD and 3 years post-doctoral experience with peer-reviewed research publications and expertise in image processing, biomedical engineering, machine learning, and/or neuroscience, and highly motivated to work in the areas of neuroimaging, brain development, and/or computational sciences as it relates to newborns and infants. Programming expertise in Matlab, C/C and in UNIX environment preferred.

Skills & Competencies
Possess strong organization skills and attention to detail
·Research Methods Skills:
Designing and conducting effective research studies that address measurement, data collection, and validity issues; identifying or developing appropriate, accurate, relevant, and reliable measurement methods; drawing appropriate conclusions from study results.
Strong analytical skills with the ability to make judgments and recommendations based on statistical analysis
·Statistics - Intermediate:
Familiarity with statistical software, statistical techniques, statistical process control principles, and graphical data display
·Time Management:
Prioritization and time-management skills sufficient to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
·Communication - Advanced:
Excellent verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills
·Programming - Basic:
Working knowledge of programming
·Writing - Scientific:
Strong scientific writing abilities

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