Columbia University’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute supports interdisciplinary neuroscience research and discovery by scientists and scholars across the university and promises to be the most comprehensive institute for brain science.
The Zuckerman Institute seeks a highly skilled individual to support the MR Research Director. The Associate Research Scientist is critical for ensuring the safety and success of the research using MRI systems within a laboratory environment.
Responsibilities included but not limited to the following:
Maintaining safe working procedures for the MR environment, including the provision of MR safety education and training. Introducing safety improvements in conjunction with and under the authority of the Director of MR Research. Ensuring MRI safety and compliance with FDA, IRB, IACUC and Columbia regulations, practices and policies. Providing MR User training, safety policy enforcement, IRB and IACUC support and review, and MR volunteer consent.
Working with Investigators to provide safety input on the development and modification of MR protocols. This includes performing MRI RF safety assessment with numerical and experimental methods and EM simulation for human subject RF safety.
Ensuring all Investigators responsible for personnel involved with the MR system are informed of the formal procedures for training and authorization. Ensuring staff groups and students exposed to the MR environment are educated appropriately on a regular basis as to the safety requirements and updated as necessary.
Ensuring adequate written safety procedures, work instructions, emergency procedures and operating instructions are issued to all concerned. Ensuring proper policies and procedures for day-to-day MR safety are enforced. This includes ensuring there is a clear policy for the purchasing, testing, and marking of all equipment that will be taken into the MR-related critical areas.
Being readily accessible and available (e.g., to the operators of the MR system) at all times that the MR facility is accessible.
Managing an MR safety laboratory, conducting MR safety related research, collaborating with MR safety projects, implementing new MR safety methods
Disseminating research results through patent applications, grant applications, abstracts, publications, training and presentations
The Associate Research Scientist may apply for their own grants, perform research, if desired as long as the job requirements are met.
Mentoring students, training, supporting and collaborating with staff and faculty of investigators; performing additional duties and special projects as assigned.
Ph.D. in physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or biomedical engineering
Minimum five (5) years of experience.
Specific training in electromagnetic modeling, thermodynamic / heat transfer modeling, RF power electronics, RF power testing, thermometry, calorimetry, and magnetic resonance imaging physics highly desired. AAPM certification also highly desired.
Internal Number: 0000563
About Mortimer B Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University
The Zuckerman Institute brings together researchers to explore aspects of mind and brain, through the exchange of ideas and active collaboration. The Zuckerman Institute’s home will be the Jerome L. Greene Science Center on Columbia’s new Manhattanville campus.
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