Research Associate - Neurosurgery, fMRI, Neuroimaging

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Research Associate - Neurosurgery, fMRI, Neuroimaging

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


Category: Research

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Requisition #: 240001QF

Full Time nonexempt position in Neurosurgery, Neuroimaging, located in the Texas Medical Center, at 6431 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas 77030. Bring your Biomedical Engineering, and/or Neuroscience background to this role, where you will analyze both patient and nonpatient, functional magnetic resonance imaging, fMRi, data. Strong preference for human fMRI experiments and data analysis experience.

The role requires various abilities to work independently and as part of various multidisciplinary teams. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential. The successful candidate will work with various collaborative and innovative research teams consisting of scientists, engineers, and clinicians in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, MR physics, neurology and neurosurgery. The lab currently collaborates with various teams in Siemens, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, University of Southern California, and Max Planck Institute at Tubingen (Germany). The lab has immediate access to two top-of-the-line Siemens Prisma 3T scanners, as well as a Siemens Terra 7T scanner at Methodist Hospital (the first 7T human scanner in Texas). Computational work makes use of a local cluster of high-performance compute and file servers owned exclusively by our lab.

· Designs, executes, and analyzes fMRI experiments that investigate the physics and physiology of brain function for project goals.

· Develops appropriate stimuli for experiments using tools, such as the psychophysics toolbox.

· Configures protocols on local MRI scanners.

· Recruits and scans subjects, then analyze results

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Position Summary:

Plans, conducts, and directs a wide variety of experiments. Assists with the day-to-day activities for research project(s) and may impact the success of the research project(s).

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Collects, evaluates, interprets, and documents research data to accomplish the objectives of a wide variety of scientific experiments and research projects.

  2. Influences project direction and outcomes by identifying opportunities to enhance, terminate, or re-direct research activities.

  3. May recruit study participants or field interviewers.

  4. Evaluates and interprets data and provides results to investigators to support publication.

  5. Maintains quality control checks and a safe environment in compliance with all governmental and University policies, rules, regulation and codes.

  6. Assists in the preparation and writing of research reports, manuscripts, papers and grant proposals for presentation and publication.

  7. Provides direction and training to lab personnel to ensure efficient, timely and high quality results in compliance with all protocols, guidelines, regulations, etc.

  8. Performs other duties as assigned.

Mandatory Experiences and Skills:

· Strong fMRI experience is required.

· High proficiency of MRI data analysis such as AFNI, FSL, SPM, and Freesurfer is required.

· Strong coding ability for image processing in Matlab is required.

· Proficient in Microsoft Office for publication and grant writing

Additional Experiences:

· Basic understanding of MR pulse sequences and MRI physics is also desirable.

· Following skills is a plus.

o Experience of the finite-difference method (FDM) and finite-volume method (FVM) analysis

o Background of computational modeling of biological system

· Background of computational modeling of biological systems is a plus.

Strong preference for Phd.


Considerable knowledge in basic and sophisticated equipment.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field with three (3) years of related research experience including experience in a lead research role; or

Master’s degree in a related field with one (1) year of related research experience including experience in a lead research role; or

Doctorate degree.


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