Imaging Research Assistant III - (Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine)

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Updated: April 6, 2019
Job ID: 212967
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

JOB SUMMARY:  The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) is seeking an Imaging Research Assistant 3 to support the Translational Imaging Facility (TIF) at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD.  HJF provides administrative and management support to the TIF.  USU’s TIF collaborates with many different intramural federal programs involving the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM), US Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Incumbent’s research efforts will include imaging applications with a concentration on neuroimaging and Positron Emission Tomography (PET). 


1. Perform as primary duty the acquisition of PET images and handling of small animals. Perform small animal PET/SPECT/CT imaging involving injection of the radiotracer, anesthesia, instrument quality control and image acquisition. 

2. Assist in image analysis, image post-processing, and make intellectual contributions on small animal research projects involving in vivo imaging techniques, such as quantitative PET, SPECT, or optical imaging. Using a variety of research software programs to perform normalization, registration, compartmental modeling, voxel-based analysis methods and region of interest analysis methods.

3.  Educate/Train researchers external to the lab on molecular imaging capabilities and data analysis. Coordinate with collaborating investigators on imaging protocols and scheduling. 

4.  Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety, required training and other procedures.  


5.  Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean. 

6.  Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:   Understanding of PET or SPECT imaging and basic background in radiation safety. Experience with image processing and the application of statistics in the interpretation of imaging experiments.  Experience with molecular imaging software such as PMOD, VivoQuant or other.  Previous work with in-vivo small animal imaging particularly PET or SPECT imaging and translational imaging techniques.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  B.S. degree in a scientific discipline plus experience in directly related research in medical imaging.  

Minimum Experience:  B.S. degree with 4 to 6 years of relevant experience 

Physical Capabilities:  long periods of standing and sitting; 

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  n/a

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  n/a

Work Environment:  Laboratory/Office environment


Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources