Research Technician 3 , Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging (CFMI) - Georgetown University
Research Technician 3, Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging (CFMI) - Georgetown University Medical Center
The Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging (CFMI) at Georgetown University Medical Center consists of faculty, research assistants, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students with expertise in structural, functional and molecular brain imaging. We combine brain imaging with behavioral methods to explore the neural mechanisms of thought, feeling, movement and perception and to explore the mechanisms underlying the acquisition of cognitive and sensorimotor skills.
The Research Technician 3 works with investigators on extending current functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) acquisition and analysis techniques and carrying out research studies. The position has two principle components: running the 3.0T MRI scanner and carrying out the research studies underway in the lab, with both components including working sensitivity populations, for example, children diagnosed with developmental issues (e.g., autism), and Alzheimer's disease patients. The Research Technician 3 has primary responsibility data organization, processing, and analysis and other duties that include but are not limited to:
MRI Scanner Operation
- Operates the MRI scanner independently for multiple users, ensuring the safety of the subjects and accurate collection of the MRI data.
- Maintains knowledge of specific MRI protocols and techniques specific to certain users (e.g., fMRI, Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), and spectroscopy).
- Provides support for technical MRI troubleshooting and helping users as necessary with the equipment used for fMRI scans.
- Collects data, performs quality control analyses, and works with human subjects from sensitive populations, including clients with developmental issues (for example, autism), stroke patients, and stroke and Alzheimer's disease patients.
- Schedules participants.
- Manages IRB amendments
- Performs financial responsibilities - for example, reconciling petty cash, ordering lab supplies, and tracking subject payments.
- Collects data unsupervised for the various research studies being conducted in the lab.
- Conducts more than 25 different neuropsychological assessments ensuring the protocol for each is followed exactly.
- Collects other data, including various biological specimens (e.g., saliva and blood).
- Follows appropriate safety protocol for both the MRI and biological specimen collection.
- Enters data accurately into appropriate databases.
Processing and Analysis
- Assists in statistical and neuroimaging data pre-processing and analysis for the various research studies conducted in the lab.
- Uses highly technical software packages to analyze functional MRI and structural MRI data.
- Performs each step accurately and with appropriate quality control measures to ensure the results at each stage of the analysis are accurate; and if results are not accurate, makes the appropriate assessments to determine what might have gone wrong
- Develops and maintains expertise in data analysis software package - that is, SPSS, SPM, FreeSurfer, and CONN.
- Assists in manuscript preparation - for example, preparing the appropriate figures and graphs; writing sections of the manuscript for which they have the most direct knowledge (such as the Methods and the background parts of the Introduction sections); and collating/checking the completeness of the bibliography.
- Bachelor's degree - preference for relevant fields such as psychology, neuroscience, computer science, or biomedical engineering
- Some experience working in a research lab
- Good interpersonal skills, in particular for interactions with research participants
The Research Technician 3 will receive training on the 3.0T MRI scanner.
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