An opening is available for a Programmer with knowledge specific to computational imaging analysis, in Dr. Julie Price's Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Pharmacokinetics group at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, within the Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. The Martinos Center offers an excellent training environment and resources for career advancement, as well as a wealth of institutional expertise in all areas of medical imaging. The position requires strong computer science skills, high-level technical and analytical skills, strong troubleshooting abilities, strong research and writing skills, and the ability to work independently.
The research is firmly rooted in multimodal imaging, such as simultaneous PET/MR imaging. Dr. Price's group specializes in dynamic PET image analysis for the in vivo assessment of physiologic parameters (e.g., blood flow, glucose metabolism, neurotransmitter system function and neuropathological protein accumulation (e.g., amyloid-beta plaques, hyperphosphorylated tau). Research activities include pharmacokinetic modeling, kinetic evaluation of novel PET radiotracers, analysis pipeline development -as well as study design, data interpretation, and computer simulation. This includes collaborations in the application of machine learning and deep learning methods that build on the multimodal research that utilizes multiple types of intra-subject information (e.g., structural and functional MRI, functional PET, behavioral measures) to provide robust and informative outcome measures. These efforts are currently applied to imaging studies of normal aging and neurodegeneration, neuropsychiatric disorders, and diabetes-related research. This work is primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The Programmer for computational imaging analysis will be part of the Martinos Center PET/MR research group that takes part in multidisciplinary team science across disciplines and research levels (e.g., physicists, bioengineers, radiochemists, neuroscientists, biologists, physicians, research scientists and fellows, analysts, coordinators, technologists, and students.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Maintain and enhance existing image processing pipelines
Design new image processing pipelines, with an emphasis on validation, version tracking and high performance computing.
Develop neuroinformatics tools to track data provenance and project management.
Test and evaluate imaging software to determine suitability for research goals.
Regular, direct interaction with researchers from within and outside the Martinos Center to assist with imaging data analysis using a range of tools including Matlab, FSL, Python, FreeSurfer, R, and SPM, with proficiency in basic C++ desired.
Participate in other aspects of research, including academic manuscript development and support for grant writing, as relevant to the skills and interests of the analyst.
SKILLS & COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
Proficiency in Python and Matlab
Some prior experience with neuroimaging software and analysis (e.g., FSL, FreeSurfer, SPM)
Superior Linux skills and proficiency in bash scripting
Ability to install and validate new software and teach basic use to new users
A strong commitment to the development, validation, and implementation of robust and tractable software pipelines.
The ability to work in an interdisciplinary, diverse, and international team.
Understanding of PET imaging and/or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Basic knowledge of neuroscience and neuroanatomy
Experience with further fields of relevance, such as High Performance Computing, machine learning, deep learning, and neuroinformatics would be beneficial.
Basic experience with scientific research summaries and presentations (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
Experience with statistical analyses (e.g., R software)
Proficiency in website building/maintenance using content management systems (e.g., Word Press)
Minimum Required: Bachelor's Degree
Preferred: Master's Degree
Field of Study/Additional Specialized Training: Preferably in medical physics, computer science, bioengineering, mathematics, statistics, or related field; Hands-on experience designing, developing, implementing, and validating software solutions, with a focus on neuroimaging, neuroinformatics and machine learning applications.
Required: 1 year of experience in Linux (UNIX)-based environments
1-2 years of experience in software or data management or 1 year of experience if directly related to Matlab, Python, FreeSurfer and/or MRI data.
Preferred: 2 years of experience in neuroimaging analysis
No exposure to dangerous or adverse working conditions;
No patient contact
No hazardous material exposure;
Partner's Healthcare is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.
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