Postdoctoral Research Associate - Neuroimaging Research
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Internal Number: 129270
Dr. Nehal Parikh, Director of the Center for Prevention of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CPND), is looking to hire a motivated Research Associate to join a research team focused on understanding, early identification, and prevention of brain abnormalities and neurodevelopmental disorders in high-risk newborns. This NIH-funded research crosses multiple disciplines including computational neuroscience, multimodal neuroimaging, prognostication, and neurodevelopmental rehabilitation. The focus is on integrating multimodal neuroimaging with advanced computational and engineering techniques to enable early diagnosis and prevention of neurodevelopmental disorders. The ongoing longitudinal cohort (largest of its kind) is employing connectometric approaches to the over 500 advanced MRI scans collected in preterm infants soon after birth. These children are currently undergoing neurodevelopmental testing at 3 and 5 years of age and repeat neuroimaging at 5 years of age. This is a great opportunity to contribute to additional high-quality neuroimage processing, data analysis, mentoring, and manuscript/grant writing.
Cincinnati Children's is a premier pediatric research institution with over 900 diverse and productive faculty members. Our researchers collaborate across disciplines to address some of the biggest challenges we face in improving child health. A strong network of research support services and facilities, along with our institutional commitment to research, push our team of faculty, postdocs and support staff to explore the boundaries of what is possible, leading to significant breakthroughs. We are driven by our mission to improve child health and transform the delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation.
Conduct Research Design, execute and record laboratory experiments; apply standard scientific/research protocols to experiments, research and improve current methods and evaluate innovative techniques. Design and perform experiments and record data according to research protocol. Independently reproduce, evaluate, research and improve techniques currently used. Adapt new methods to existing procedures and modify current experiments through scientific knowledge and intuition. Maintain accurate and detailed records of all laboratory work and experiments. Develop, set-up and verify new procedures in the laboratory. Standardize and establish new published procedures; evaluate innovative techniques. Develop new assays and new protocols; design formats. Discuss relevant insights about experimental results with Director and provide useful recommendations and analysis. Troubleshoot and correct erroneous results or problems with laboratory equipment. Maintain and repair equipment; monitor proper use by personnel. Maintain optimal protocol and assay accuracy by conducting regular quality and reproducibility checks. Demonstrate performance at work, consistency in carrying out instructions, accuracy & attention to detail, achieving expected results & continuous improvement.
Publish Draft, write and edit scientific reports, papers, journal articles and abstracts. Present at local, national and international scientific meetings.
Teamwork Train and supervise the work of other laboratory personnel as appropriate. Maintain an integral role in the laboratory's meetings, presentations and publications. Present information on research and laboratory work to others at laboratory meetings, journal clubs and seminars. Demonstrate attendance and punctuality, ability to work independently & display initiative and dedication
Financial Management Assist in preparing, writing and maintaining fiscal budget. Monitor expenditures and prepare capital expenditure requests. Prepare, approve and initiate check requests; track funding, maintain accurate balance and resolve any discrepancies.
Leadership May act as a mentor to more junior staff, serve as the contact for resolution of complex issues, provide education, guidance and work direction. May provide input and feedback to managers on hiring decisions, professional development and performance management.
3 - 5 years of work experience in a related job discipline
Applicants should have a PhD in Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Psychology, Statistics, Physics, Machine Learning, or a related field. Experience with multimodal data analysis, prognostic modeling, scripting/programming languages (MATLAB, Python, R, etc.) and familiarity with neuroimaging data analysis (fMRI, dMRI, qMRI, NIRS, etc.) is a must.
At Cincinnati Children’s, we come to work with one goal: to make children’s health better. We believe in a team approach, both in caring for patients and their families, and in advancing science and discovery. We strive to do better, and find energy and inspiration in our shared purpose. If you want to be the best you can be, you can do it at Cincinnati Children’s.