Research Assistant

Updated: 2 days ago
Location: Maryland Line, MARYLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Classified Title: Research Assistant
Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.10 TO $22.12 per hour
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday through Friday 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 60008229-Ctr for Imaging Science Research 
Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering

General Summary/Purpose:

The Center for Imaging Science is seeking a Research Assistant with an understanding of techniques and the underlying science, gained from personal experience. The individual will perform and evaluate research methods; operate attendant computing and acquisition equipment; perform research experiments, provide training to other individuals who may be assigned to the laboratory on a regular or temporary basis. 

The Research Assistant assists the PIs in the Center for Imaging Science (CIS) at Johns Hopkins University in reaching research goals.  Because the technology and research goals in the CIS are diverse, the Research Assistant must first and foremost be adaptable. The data acquisition and analysis performed by the Research Assistant includes but is not limited to, basic manual delineation of anatomical structures, shape analysis of these structures, acquisition and preprocessing of MRI images and statistical analysis of data (voxel based and regional based). The ideal candidate will be responsible, flexible and independent in order to perform diverse duties related to collecting, analyzing and archiving data.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist a research team to carry out acquisition and analyze of anatomical, functional MRI data, as well as, selected research protocols and experimental approaches for research projects.
  • Will be responsible for assigned daily tasks within research projects.
  • Adhere to our published methods (not others) for current experimental work by investigating published protocols and discussing them with PI.
  • Assist with single animal and group analysis of anatomical data, data acquisition and data quality assurance, data compilation, and statistical analysis.
  • Maintain databases to keep track of data archiving and analysis.
  • Maintain databases regarding small animal colony.
  • Assist in scoring, coding, and verifying research data.
  • Archive data related to ongoing image studies including the archival of unprocessed quantitative data as well as the generation and compilation of statistical data.
  • Assist with the administration of anatomical and/or functional MRI scans and mock scans.
  • Supervise students involved in analysis of anatomic and functional MRI data.
  • Attend and participate in research meetings involving, but not limited to, assistance with grant preparation, manuscript preparation, quality control issues, and protocols and when necessary prepare and present updates on relevant project tasks.
  • Enhance professional growth and development through relevant case conferences, educational programs, in-service meetings, workshops, conferences, and seminars.
  • Keep an activity wikipage logbook, laboratory wikipage logbook and will update online materials as needed.
  • Participate in video conference calls with external collaborators; and prepare initial draft poster and PowerPoint presentations for conferences and complete as needed.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline. (e.g., biology, biomedical engineering, computer science, physics).
  • Some related experience in a research laboratory that applies techniques of anatomical, functional, and/or structural imaging analysis or acquisition is required.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.                                                                        

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The position requires a solid background in using computers and running experiments. Employee should be proficient with Microsoft Office products such as Excel, Power Point, Word, and Access to help the laboratory meet presentation preparation and reporting goals.
  • Individual must demonstrate competence in all aspects of MRI data acquisition and analysis, handling of small animal, and working as part of a research team.
  • Must possess experience using Windows, Mac, and Linux workstations.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with Matlab/R/Python, Seg3D, Analyze/AVW and other biomedical imaging tools is desired.
  • Prior experience with small animal experiments including image acquisition is desired.
  • Background in scientific research, familiar with skills including literature searches, planning of research projects, experimentation, interpretation of data, and preparation for publications.
  • Knowledge of small animal and human anatomy and physiology as well as general biology.
  • Knowledge of normal/abnormal growth and development throughout the age continuum.
  • Knowledge of normal/abnormal cardiovascular function.
  • Must pursue education or training necessary to perform at the level of competence required to incorporate the hardware, software, technologies, protocols, animal procedures, and ideas relevant to specific job responsibilities.
  • Ability to participate in a team environment.
  • Ability to give and accept critical feedback.
  • Ability to be proactive and a quick-learner after a brief period of training.
  • Must be able to organize and manage time and manage multiple tasks.
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective communications and working relationships with other employees.
  • Ability to demonstrate professional behavior by adhering to departmental and organizational policies and procedures, and assuming authority appropriately and maintain personal grooming consistent with professional appearance. 

Physical Requirements:

  • The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform viewing of a computer monitor, analyzing images, reading and inspecting small defects or parts of various images or documents.
  • Ascending and descending stairs is common for this position in order to scan small animal.
  • Work primarily involves the use of fingers rather than the whole hand. Work includes keyboarding, use of office machines, MRI scanner and other laboratory equipment.
  • Employee may be exposed to intense magnetic fields when assisting with MRI scanning and should not have any conditions in which this would be inadvisable.
  • Must be able to receive detailed information through oral communication.
  • Must be able to sit at a computer terminal for extended periods of time.
  • Must have manual dexterity sufficient to perform various keyboard functions.
  • Must be physically present at the assigned job site.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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