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Project Scientist - Badawi Lab

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $90,500-$154,000 annually ($43.35-$73.76 hourly).

Application Window

Open date: September 28, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Oct 27, 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: Friday, Sep 27, 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 Department of Biomedical Engineering invites applications from qualified candidates for one or more Project Scientist positions in the laboratory of Professor Ramsey Badawi.

This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of Total Body PET methods and applications. Topics include dynamic PET imaging and image reconstruction, parametric imaging, scanner calibration, phantom design, co-registration, real-time motion tracking, optimization of data acquisition and processing, data handling and analysis, new methodology testing, development and utilization in translational research, and consulting with physician researchers on Total Body PET applications research. Other topics may include detector and experimental design to validate and extend Total Body PET capabilities.

The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in their academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc.), they are not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. They will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.


The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigators. They will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. The candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments. The candidate teaches and trains new lab members in methods and techniques of Total Body PET. The candidate collaborates with scientific colleagues in multi-disciplinary projects that include components falling within the appointee’s area of expertise.

The candidate will publish research in peer-reviewed journals either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition:
The candidate will assist in writing proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to their specific field of biomedical imaging instrumentation and applications and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups.

The candidate may organize, coordinate and/or give presentations at workshops, seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.

The candidate may undertake administrative tasks relevant to the smooth running of the laboratory enterprise as appropriate.

As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The posting will remain open to accommodate Badawi lab needs.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

-PhD in applied physics
-Experience with scatter correction, data normalization and other data corrections for long axial field-of-view PET
-Research experience in Monte Carlo methods for scatter correction and other physics modeling
-Experience with Monte Carlo packages SimSET and GATE
-Experience with GEANT4 and ROOT
-Experience in PET/CT image reconstruction and image processing
-Expertise with radiation detectors
-Experience of research in a mixed clinical/research environment
-Experience in developing research protocols with human subjects
-Evidence of skills in collaborative medical research
-Coding skills in languages including Matlab, C++ and Python
-Experience with source code controls systems such as GIT
-Evidence of academic organizational capabilities, e.g. organizing workshops

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

-Research experience in medical applications of Cherenkov radiation
-Research experience in ASIC-based data read-out
-Experience with CAD
-Experience with sever administration and cloud-based computing

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Statement of Research

  • 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 this site for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

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