The DelMonte Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rochester is seeking a Preclinical MRI Research Tech Associate who will be responsible for performing and assisting service center users with small animal and tissue specimen imaging studies. Primary job responsibilities include operation and maintenance of the 9.4T MRI/PET scanner and auxiliary equipment, some animal handling, routine tasks for imaging lab upkeep, and providing training and supervision to students and other lab staff working on experiments. The successful candidate is expected to follow the institutional guidelines for preclinical research, be very detail-oriented, organized, and motivated to learn new skills in small animal MRI/PET.
- Independently operates MRI/PET scanner and assists center users with animal MRI and PET experiments. Monitors scanner usage, scheduling, and billing. Authorizes expenditure for expendable supplies and maintenance.
- Trains and oversees students, postdoctoral fellows, and other lab staff working on MRI or PET experiments, advises and assists them on technical problems.
- Ensures the safety of staff and equipment, as well as compliance for small animal handling and use.
- Helps with developing and testing scanning protocols, performs simple debugging of problems, develops and maintains SOPs and training material including safety training materials. Runs and documents routine QC tests to ensure the scanners are functioning properly. Ensures MRI data backup and transfer to users.
- Maintains the MRI scanners and laboratory space, keep the area clean, order and maintain supplies. Coordinates service support, repair of equipment, and minor construction. Recommends expenditures for major laboratory equipment and construction.
Other projects and job duties as assigned.
- Associate's degree in appropriate discipline plus 7-8 years specialized work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- One or more years of recent, directly related work experience, utilizing the techniques or methods required by the position; and/or equivalent combination of education and experience
- Must be a highly organized, self-motivated individual capable of working independently in a collaborative setting.
- Computer literacy
- BA/BS in a related science
- Some related post-undergraduate work experience.
- Experience with small animal research and handling.
- Prior experience with MRI scanner usage, especially Bruker systems, is strongly preferred but not essential.
- Computer skills, including Windows/Linux operating systems, data storage and transfer, and basic image processing software.
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