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Full Job Title: Research Fellow - Pulmonary Imaging Research

Job Number: 89986

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Date Posted: 7-13-2017


DEPARTMENT: Pulmonary Medicine


TITLES SUPERVISED:Research Assistants, Data Analysts, Biostatisticians


PURPOSE OF POSITION: To learn to conduct independent research and support the independent research of others in a Medical Center dedicated to the care of infants, children, and adolescents.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is soliciting applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Center for Pulmonary Imaging Research (CPIR). The CPIR is a multidisciplinary department affiliated with the areas of Pulmonary Medicine, Radiology, and Neonatology at Cincinnati Children's, which is currently ranked #1 in the U.S. in Pulmonary Medicine and #3 overall. The CPIR focuses on hyperpolarized-gas and proton MRI of the respiratory system to understand regional pulmonary structure and function in children and adults with chronic respiratory diseases that range from CF to asthma to rare-lung diseases and lung-transplantation rejection. With a focus on improving quality of translating new imaging techniques to research and clinical applications in pulmonary medicine, faculty and staff in the CIPR engage in research that is directly translational, with near-constant interaction with basic scientists, radiologists, and pulmonologists. Website is


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.

Financial/Budgeting: 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.


· Ph.D. in related discipline, MD, or equivalent degree and experience in pulmonary MRI.
Preferred applicants will have experience with hyperpolarized-gas production and/or delivery in vivo, quantitative texture-based or feature-based image analysis, UTE MRI, and/or pulse-sequence programming. The CPIR sits at the intersection of Radiology, Pulmonary Medicine, and Neonatology; team members have diverse backgrounds that range from atomic physics to pulmonology. Since this job will involve experiences with MDs and PhDs with varied scientific backgrounds, willingness to openly communicate, learn new sub-fields, and teach others is essential.

Experience with the technical aspects of MRI, with a preference for skills related to Philips pulse-sequence programming and/or hyperpolarized gases. An innovative approach to experimental design. Strong attention to detail, and the ability to synthesize information, create new knowledge, and deal with new situations are all essential to success.

Organization: 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.
Analysis: 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
Information Analysis:
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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