Staff Scientist, Quantitative Medical Imaging Section

This announcement has been amended to add the COVID-19 vaccine mandate to the conditions of employment.

This position is subject to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate as a condition of employment.

Job Summary

The section on Quantitative Medical Imaging Section (QMI), NIBIB, https://www.nibib.nih.gov/labs-at-nibib/quantitative-medical-imaging aims to discover new MRI biomarkers and to overcome obstacles to the clinical translation of existing potential biomarkers for characterizing organ anatomy and physiology across the lifespan in health and diseases.  

We have implemented most of our methodological contributions into a comprehensive processing pipeline for diffusion MRI (www.tortoisedti.org). We are looking forward to creating a new set of integrated acquisition, reconstruction, and post-processing strategies for quantitative clinical MRI to be used for personalized medicine.

QMI is part of the larger MRI research community at NIH, which has active programs in clinical and preclinical research. Equipment available in the NIH MRI Research Facility includes a number of 3 T and 7T human scanners and 4.7 T, 7 T, 9.4 T and 11.7 T animal scanners.

We are seeking an innovative and results-oriented MR physicist or engineer to join our team as a Staff Scientist to take forward QMI’s MRI research for the development of improved and novel MRI acquisition approaches. We have procured a high-performance head gradient insert coil which provides significantly higher slew rates and gradient amplitudes than can be achieved with a standard clinical MRI system.  We are currently operating a prototype gradient coil unit which has been successfully integrated into a General Electric MR750 3T MRI scanner and is fully operational with the system, and we are expecting to receive a finished production version of the coil in the near future. We are also expecting to deploy an MR field camera to dynamically measure the in-bore magnetic fields and eddy currents arising from the use of diffusion and imaging gradients during MRI. The field camera will operate on both GE and Philips scanners. The successful candidate will be the primary leader for the research programs involving image acquisition tasks using this gradient insert coil, the field camera, and other scanners available at NIH. She/He will be encouraged to conduct innovative research, including proposing self-initiated projects that will be consistent with the overarching goals of QMI.

Required Qualifications

We are looking for a candidate with MR Physics and/or MR Systems Engineering skills with a minimum of 3 years post-doctoral experience in academia or industry to develop the optimized pulse sequences and image reconstruction software needed to exploit the opportunities provided by the head gradient coil and field camera.  Tasks may include design of pulse sequences, pulse sequence programming including design and implementation of custom gradient waveforms; development of image reconstruction code; and project management.  Strong MR Physics knowledge and expertise in pulse sequence development is essential. Experience with signal processing, image reconstruction, and system control is highly desirable.

Other essential qualifications include: Ability to work independently proposing creative solutions to problems, a record of first-authored or senior-authored peer reviewed publications in the field of expertise, ability and interest to interact effectively with colleagues with very different expertise and backgrounds, as well as good verbal and written communication skills.

Vaccination Mandate

In accordance with Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to exceptions that may be required by law. If selected, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before your entrance on duty if you are selected after the compliance date. Your HR Consultant will provide a list of documents acceptable as proof of vaccination and instructions for how to submit a request for a legally required exception, if needed, to comply with vaccination requirement.

Benefits

Full federal benefits, including salary, leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401(k) equivalent), will be provided. Salary is competitive and commensurate with research experience and accomplishments.

Expanded/Maximum Telework Posture

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in a maximum telework posture.  If selected, you may be expected to telework upon your appointment. As employees are permitted to return to the office, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days of receiving notice to do so, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants.

Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency.

Foreign Education

This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Learn more about Foreign Education.

Reasonable Accommodation

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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