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Assistant Project Scientist in Computational Solutions - Roncali lab

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $90,500-$109,600 annually ($43.35-$52.50 hourly).

Application Window

Open date: September 27, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Oct 26, 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, Sep 26, 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 Assistant Project Scientist positions in the laboratory of Professor Emilie Roncali.

This position will focus on developing simulation tools for nuclear imaging, with regular and significant contributions to an opensource software for simulation which the laboratory is a primary developing member (GATE).

The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to research 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 Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.


This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program in the research area of Biomedical Imaging technology, systems and methods. The candidate will determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. They will design specific simulations, including the development and implementation of appropriate methods and techniques, and will be responsible for carrying out the research (which primarily involves simulation and computational components), analyzing the data and critically interpreting the results. The candidate may at times supervise students or other technical staff regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, troubleshooting, data analysis, data interpretation.

The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in the field of biomedical imaging and molecular imaging. These publications may be independent or in collaboration with other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition:
The candidate will assist in acquiring grant funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations by acquiring data in support of grant proposals and helping with the preparation of the proposal. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by funding agencies.

The candidate will submit abstracts and present at major conferences in the fields of biomedical imaging and molecular imaging. The candidate will also serve as a reviewer of papers and grant proposals in this field, and will participate in the activity of professional societies that represent the field. The candidate will present results at laboratory research meetings and in journal clubs. The candidate will represent the laboratory as necessary in meetings, tours, seminars and educational functions. The candidate will be involved in teaching GATE users the use of new tools there are developed and will write documentation associated with code.

The candidate will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public. If invited, the candidate is expected to serve on appropriate Academic Federation committees (including the departmental ad hoc committee for merits and promotions). The candidate will engage in University Service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position. The candidate will also involve in GATE user teaching, though workshops, seminars, and student assistance.

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


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

-Ph.D. in biomedical imaging, the physical sciences, or related field.
-Experience in programming, computational simulations, data visualization.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

2-5 years of post-Ph.D. experience.

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

-Experience in machine learning, radiation physics, medical imaging.
-Good interpersonal and organization skills.
-Strong communication (oral and written).

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Statement of Research (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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