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UT Health Programmer Analyst IV in Neurosurgery in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Programmer Analyst IV in Neurosurgery

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


Information Technology

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 200002JN


We are looking for a computer programmer or computational neuroscientist to join a team developing next generation tools for robotic-assisted neurosurgery. The individual should have strong programming skills, preferably in MATLAB, Unix shell scripting, Python, C++/C, as well as the ability translate analysis code between these languages into C++/C. Knowledge of graphics programming (e.g., OpenGL) is also valuable as work will require manipulation and rendering of neuroimaging surface and volume data.

A significant portion of our analysis requires the use of standard neuroimaging software packages such as FreeSurfer and AFNI/SUMA, which integrate Unix shell scripting and C++/C. They will work alongside a research lab studying the neurobiology of language. The job will entail working with these personnel (e.g., PI, post-docs, graduate students, etc.) to design analysis software for imaging data and various cognitive tasks. The candidate should be self-motivated, responsible and have adept interpersonal skills.


  1. Consults with and analyzes the users needs to ensure the program written fulfills required needs.

  2. Analyzes/designs system flows and develops/codes program specification based to ensure the agreed upon requirements are met.

  3. Test program thoroughly to ensure all expected results are verified and discrepancies are resolved.

  4. Adheres to departmental standards to ensure the consistency of product produced.

  5. Conducts walk-through and training for user/client and other technical team members to ensure product is understood and meets requested needs.

  6. Modifies existing programs to ensure that changing needs of the user are met.

  7. Provides work direction and guidance to personnel within department. May lead projects and activities.

  8. May manage Human Resources activities for direct reports in regards to: recruiting and selection, hiring and termination, training, professional development, mentoring, counseling, performance evaluations, and salary planning.

  9. Other duties as assigned.



Knowledge of computer hardware, software, and programming.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree in computer science, related field or relevant experience in lieu of education.

Minimum Experience:

Five years of programming experience; including two years of supervisory experience.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

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