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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Physicist

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $145,000 – $240,000. This position includes membership in the Health Sciences Compensation Plan.

Application Window

Open date: March 9, 2023

Most recent review date: Sunday, Apr 2, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Mar 7, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Davis Department of Radiology is recruiting for a full-time medical physicist with expertise in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at the Assistant, Associate, or Professor rank in the In-Residence or Clinical “X” series (commensurate with experience and qualifications). Faculty in the In Residence series are expected to engage in teaching, independent research, and creative work, demonstrate professional competence and activity, and provide University and public service. Faculty in the Clinical "X" Series are expected to conduct substantial research; provide patient care; teach fellows, residents, and medical students; and perform public and University service. Excellent teaching is essential criteria for appointment in this series.

The successful candidate is expected to make a significant research impact on the MRI physics/technology and related research areas via their independent research program, contribute to facilitating cross-departmental research efforts in collaboration with other PhD and MD faculty, actively engage in teaching for residents, fellows, graduate students and medical technologists; and participate in departmental and institutional quality improvement and value initiatives. The successful candidate will participate in professional and healthcare conferences and in training programs to represent the interests of UC Davis and advance Radiology Physics practice. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to assist in clinical MRI operations including the Quality Assurance Program and may participate in the MRI Safety Committee and associated tasks. They may also provide technical support to the Health Physics Section within UC Davis Health. The successful candidate will have the opportunity of participating in Department’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion agenda.

Completed applications will be reviewed on a regular basis, with the first review on April 2, 2023, however the position will remain open until filled or until the search end date. Qualified applicants should apply online at UC Recruit:

UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. The Radiology Department has a vibrant research environment encompassing cutting-edge instrumentation development and very close links with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Neurology, the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging. Centers of Excellence include the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Alzheimer’s Disease Center; the region's only Level 1 Pediatric and Adult Trauma Centers; the UC Davis MIND Institute which is devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders; the UC Davis Children's Hospital; and the EXPLORER Molecular Imaging Center which houses the world’s first total-body PET scanner. The Medical Center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through an award-winning Telemedicine Program, which provides remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care.

The Medical Center is located in Sacramento, in the heartland of California. Sacramento is a vibrant, culturally diverse and rapidly growing city, with year-round temperate weather and easy access to San Francisco, the California coast, several wine regions including Napa and Sonoma, Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges. Sacramento is known for being America's farm to fork capital and is also home to a major league sports team – the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Ph.D. in Physics, Engineering, Imaging Science or a related field
• Track record of conducting research in the field of magnetic resonance imaging.
• Evidence or motivation to establish an independent research program focusing on MRI methods and techniques
• Evidence of scholarly activity demonstrated by publications in high-quality peer-reviewed scientific journals
• Track record of extramural funding as Principal Investigator
• Motivation to work with clinicians and technologists in a team environment
• Ability to work cooperatively and collegially in a diverse environment

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

• Experience with multi-disciplinary collaboration across a wide range of medical disciplines
• Experience in academic teaching at the graduate level and to medical students, residents and fellows
• Experience in academic mentoring
• Experience with academic/industry partnerships
• Experience with obtaining patents
• Evidence of creative activities and interest in radiology informatics, image processing, artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technologies
• Experience in clinical MRI physics
• Experience in DEI initiatives in the Radiology context

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Sacramento, CA