Research Technician 2, Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging - Georgetown University Medical
Research Technician 2, Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging - 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. CFMI is actively developing a research program utilizing a number of imaging techniques.
The Research Technician 2 works with investigators on extending current fMRI acquisition and analysis techniques and carries out research in a position with two principle components: 1) running the 3.0T MRI scanner, and 2) carrying out the research studies underway in the lab. The success of the CFMI completely depends on the Research Technician's use of not only highly technical skills, but also excellent interpersonal skills - in operation of this complicated MRI scanner, working with researchers from other labs, assisting them when they encounter problems, and making sure the wide-range of participants being scanned feel comfortable.
3.0T MRI Scanner Operation
- Independently operates the MRI scanner for multiple users, ensuring the safety of the subjects and the accurate collection of the MRI data.
- Applies knowledge of specific MRI protocols and techniques specific to certain users (e.g., fMRI, DTI, and spectroscopy).
- Provides support for technical MRI troubleshooting and for 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 children, stroke patients, and Alzheimer's disease patients.
Tech Support for CFMI
- Provides technical support in the operations of the CFMI.
- Implements automated Quality Control (QC) procedures.
- Sets up a real-time fMRI analysis system.
- Integrates a camera-detected head movement into participant training.
- Assists in statistical and neuroimaging data pre-processing and analysis for the various research studies being conducted in the lab.
- Uses highly technical software packages to analyze functional MRI and structural MRI data.
- Accurately performs each step, using the appropriate quality control measures to ensure the results at each stage of the analysis are accurate or to make appropriate assessments or adjustments when needed.
- Applies expertise data analysis software package (e.g., SPSS, SPM, FreeSurfer, and Conn).
- Assists in manuscript preparation, which includes preparing the appropriate figures and graphs; writing sections of the manuscript (using the most direct knowledge, such as the Methods and the background parts of the Introduction sections); and collating/checking the completeness of the bibliography.
- Schedules participants.
- Manages IRB amendments.
- Handles financial responsibilities such as petty cash, supply orders, and payment tracking.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent - preference for relevant fields such as psychology, neuroscience, computer science, or biomedical engineering
- Some experience working in a research lab
- Strong technical skills to implement automated QC procedures, setup a real-time fMRI analysis system, and integrate a camera detected head movement into participant training
- Sensitivity to research populations, including those with developmental issues (e.g., autism), Alzheimer's disease patients, stroke patients, and children
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