Center for Functional MRI In the Department of Radiology

If interested in this position, or for additional information, please feel free to contact Dr. David Dubowitz ( or the current SRA, Zach Smith (

(Note: although the job posting lists some field work at high altitude, this recruitment will actually be for work based at UCSD - at least for the meanwhile.) 


#69804 MRI Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Fri 2/28/2014

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment or Special Selection: Apply by 2/20/14 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible ACCES or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for Special Selection.


The incumbent will work at the Center for functional MRI (CfMRI) at UCSD and at high-altitude at White Mountain Research Station on projects associated with functional MRI studies of brain physiology during hypoxia. Individual projects will focus on specific experiments to test the relationship between blood flow and oxygen metabolism in the brain, and mathematical modeling of the underlying physiology. The incumbent will provide original contribution towards the design, execution and analysis of studies as part of extramurally funded research projects. Incumbent will participate in the design of custom stimulus presentation and data analysis software, conduct Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) studies in volunteer research subjects, make measurements of cardiorespiratory physiology in volunteer research subject, develop experimental protocols and special routines for functional MRI scanning, provide statistical data analysis and integration of data across multiple studies, maintain experimental records, and detailed written protocols and procedures for all techniques and provide support in the management of lab operations. Additionally, the incumbent will assist the PI in the preparation of scientific papers and presentation, attend lab meetings and scientific seminars, and actively participate in discussions and problem solving with the entire group.


  • Bachelor's Degree in mathematics, physical science or engineering or a related discipline providing theoretical knowledge of Functional MRI, MR physics, and/or a complimentary field of study to the research being conducted.

  • Understanding of human brain anatomy and physiology.

  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating and managing research projects.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with the Principal Investigator on research projects, organize, prioritize, and meet critical deadlines for multiple on-going research and development projects

  • Working knowledge of organization and writing style required by major journals and proven ability to produce clear and well-designed text, figures, and tables for publications and proposals.

  • Demonstrated ability to independently carry out extensive literature searches, employing all library facilities and current computer databases and search programs.

  • Ability to prepare, interpret and present the results of scientific experiments in the pursuit of specific research goals and for the publication of experimental results in peer reviewed scientific journals.

  • Knowledge and experience using computers and scientific software for operating equipment and data analysis

  • Ability to effectively document complex research procedures, accurately record experimental details and results, perform mathematical calculations necessary for data analysis, prepare graphs and figures to summarize results and write reports.


  • Some data collection will be performed at high altitude at the University of California White Mountain Research Station in the Sierra Nevada Mountains (nearest town is Bishop, CA), so transportation of research subjects to the mountains and participation in field work is also expected. The high altitude studies will be concentrated during the summer months, and will typically be for 2-7 days at a time.
  • Must have a valid California driver’s license, a safe driving record, and auto insurance.
  • Must be willing and able to drive and have access to reliable transportation.
  • DMV and Background Check Clearance required prior to hire.
  • Must successfully pass the background check.
  • Must be willing to be flexible in scheduling own work hours to meet the varying needs of the project


  • Knowledge of and adherence to laboratory safety regulations, requirements and procedures.
  • Documented participation as co-author published in major scientific journals. Preferred
  • Demonstrated experience using computer programs, such as, Amira, MATLAB, C/C++, AFNI and FSL.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience performing MR experiments.

UC San Diego Health System is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or religion or other legally protected status.