UT Health Research Assistant I - Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas
Research Assistant I - Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
Requisition #: 210000SW
Under close direction of senior research staff, conducts activities to support research projects.
We are seeking 2 highly motivated Research Assistants to process and analyze multimodal neuroimmune imaging data in the human brain. This position will contribute to the development of novel techniques and/or enhancement of existing techniques to process and analyze multi-modal datasets that combine data from various imaging modalities including: PET imaging (PBR28, ER176, CFN, etc.), ultra-high-field (7T) and/or standard (3T) MR imaging (including resting state, structural T1 & T2, iron density, etc.), and/or plasma inflammatory proteins. The data derives from studies seeking to discover and validate novel bio-signatures of pain in healthy human subjects, subjects that have experienced brain injury, and subjects that are awaiting surgery. The researcher will be supervised by Dr. Alan Prossin (and by collaborating statisticians/scientists, and senior lab personnel) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, McGovern Medical School at UT Health, Houston, TX. These RA positions are funded for 1-2 years by Dr. Prossin’s current R61/R33 NIH/NINDS grant as well as other grants on which he collaborates. We offer 2 temporary positions (1.0 FTE) for one year. Upon a positive performance and availability of funds, the contract may be followed by a period of a further 6-12 months. The starting date is April 2021, on a rolling basis.
Position Key Accountabilities:
Under close supervision, conducts research activities according to research protocol. Research activities may include some or all of the following: patient recruiting and screening, traditional laboratory experiments and activities, informatics, field interviewer recruiting, screening and training and/or animal laboratories.
May maintain clean laboratory equipment and/or work area to ensure a safe and efficient work environment.
Collects, evaluates, and interprets research data to provide needed information to principal investigators and other researchers. Updates notebooks, records, and databases as needed.
Stays abreast of new and updated protocols for research department.
Orders laboratory and/or other supplies as directed by senior research staff.
As needed, may coordinate the work of laboratory technicians and assistants to ensure efficient, timely and high quality results.
Complies with all governmental and University policies, rules, regulations, and codes.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Research activities include the following: processing/analyzing multimodal neuroimmune imaging data in the human brain.
Contributes to the development of novel techniques and/or enhancement of existing techniques to process/analyze multi-modal datasets that combine data from various imaging modalities including: PET imaging (PBR28, ER176, CFN, etc.), ultra-high-field (7T) and/or standard (3T) MR imaging (including resting state, structural T1 & T2, iron density, etc.), and/or plasma inflammatory proteins.
General knowledge of research fields.
The following experience is desirable, but not required:
PET and/or MRI data acquisition and analysis;
MacOS, scripting within MacOs, networking within MacOS
Multi-modal data analysis;
proficiency with SPM/MATLAB, R, PMOD, Freesurfer, FSL
quantitative analysis of brain connectivity
Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in lieu of education.
No years of experience.
Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds constantly and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.
This position may include work involving potentially hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive agents.
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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