Research Engineer - Institute of Molecular Medicine, Molecular Imaging

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Research Engineer - Institute of Molecular Medicine, Molecular Imaging

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


Category: Research

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Requisition #: 230002WY

Preference for Electrical Engineer/Biomedical Engineer with a M.S. or higher degree. A strong background in programming (LabVIEW, Matlab, and C++) is a plus. Prefer experience working in a lab environment with optical systems and lasers, as well as experience with hands-on assembly, alignment, integration, and testing of optical components and optical system.

The candidate will assist in building the optical imaging system, acquiring data from the pediatric brain, and performing data analysis. Additionally, the selected candidate will be expected to help publish peer-reviewed journal articles and will have excellent opportunities to collaborate with researchers from Texas Medical School.

Located at 1825 Pressler St, Houston, Texas 77030 at the Instit ute of Molecular Medicine, Molecular Imaging

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Position Summary:

Performs engineering functions related to independent research projects and collaborates with other researchers in science or engineering. Impacts design and coordination of research laboratory experiments.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Provides technical engineering expertise in the performance of laboratory experiments, data collection, and analysis.

  2. Sets up new experiments and maintains and/or modifies current experiments by assessing experimental needs and arranges the use of equipment.

  3. Coordinates laboratory utilization and equipment sharing among various researchers.

  4. Researches options for new equipment and supplies.

  5. Modifies computer software, uses power tools, and fabricates small adapters and mounts.

  6. Assists with instrumentation development.


Ability to undertake complex and challenging projects.

Excellent research and problem solving skills.

Ability to use computer systems or specified equipment that is essential for the related areas.

Ability to interact with scientists and researcher from other disciplines is crucial.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

Minimum Education:

Bachelors degree in engineering, computer and information science or other applied sciences.

Minimum Experience:

Two years experience in applied research or related field. May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

This position may include work involving potentially hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive agents.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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