Staff Research Associate I

Within the Department of Radiological Sciences, the Staff
Research Associate (SRA) will provide primary research assistance for faculty (Dr. Albert Thomas) working in the
basic sciences. You will assist in the
submission of grants applications and scientific manuscripts, perform
literature reviews, and provide editorial assistance on professional documents
and correspondence.

The Staff Research Associate responsibilities will include
assisting in a research group in 1) post-processing multi-dimensional Magnetic
Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging (MRSI) data using commercial and home developed
Matlab codes; 2) Developing novel pulse sequences for the 3T MRI scanners using
C++ with Siemens IDEA compiler: 3) Design novel spatial and spectroscopic encoding
schemes echo planar imaging with and without radial and concentric circular
encoding schemes with MRS localization including adiabatic RF pulses for
spatial boundary optimization; simulate the pulse sequence on the compiler and
further optimization. 4) VAPOR suppression of water and lipid fat suppression
during acquisition as during post-processing. 5) Acquire 30 MP-RAGE, DTl and
ASL. 6) To acquire multi-dimensional MR spectroscopic data in HIV brain, breast
cancer and type 2 diabetes. 7) To record abdominal MRI (DIXON) and calf muscle
MRS in diabetic type 2 and healthy subjects. To post-process the MR images
using vendor-provided and other commercial and non-commercial software

The SRA will also provide administrative and clerical
support to the assigned faculty and trainees. S/he will arrange travel and
handle all documentation for reimbursement, and ensure general maintenance of
an office environment. The SRA will
assist with purchasing supplies and equipment. S/he will prepare documentation/dossiers
for periodic David Geffen School of Medicine and Hospital re-credentialing, CME
verification (annually), and faculty promotion (every 2-3 years). Help will also be provided in preparing
documentation for the labs, sections, departments, schools, the University and
committee work related to the service of the faculty. S/he will help coordinate
scheduling and activities related to lab meetings, journal clubs, training
meetings, seminars, team building events, and retreats. S/he will perform a
variety of general office duties and maintain a high-level of professionalism
that enables the faculty and trainees to perform their professional obligations
to the University as it regards its tripartite education, research, and service
1. BS/MS degree in Magnetic
Resonance in Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Chemical Physics or
related field. Knowledge of MATLAB and C++. Basic knowledge of MR Physics (MRI
and MR Spectroscopy). Knowledge of medical and scientific terminology
2. Ability to use computer
software for word processing, data tabulation, presentation making, and
3. Strong communication and
interpersonal skills for interaction to communicate diplomatically and
effectively with faculty, peers, patients, physicians, collaborators,
researchers, administrators, and University faculty and staff.
4. Ability to function as a
team member and with guidance from appropriate departmental administration.
5. Ability to handle multiple
tasks simultaneously and skill in setting priorities to meet rigorous deadlines
and adapting to changes
6. Skill in analyzing
information, problems, situations and procedures to define objectives, identify
patterns and formulate conclusions.
7. Demonstrated ability to
organize, initiate and work independently to address responsibilities; must
have strong time management skills and ability to independently prioritize
tasks and re-prioritize work based on knowledge of research objectives.
8. Analytical skills to
analyze information, practices and procedures, formulate logical and objective
conclusions, and make recommendations for effective solutions.
9. Skills in facilitating
meetings with faculty, administrative-level professionals, research staff, etc.
from diverse backgrounds and different service sectors
10. Knowledge of medical
11. Ability to read and
follow precise written instructions for preparing manuscripts, abstracts and
various forms.
12. Demonstrated ability to
design, modify, and generate spreadsheets, create formulas, modify formats and
run various reports in Excel.
13. Ability to organize and
manage large volumes of material in an established system with careful
attention to detail.
14. Ability to handle
sensitive materials and confidential information with discretion and tact.
15. Ability to function as a
team member and to work independently with minimal supervision.
16. Ability to handle
multiple tasks simultaneously and skill in setting priorities to meet rigorous
17. Ability to work
effectively with coworkers, customers and others by sharing ideas in a
constructive and positive manner, listening to and objectively considering
ideas and suggestions from others, keeping commitments, keeping others informed
of work progress, timetables and issues; addressing problems and issues
constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical business solutions;
addressing others by name, title or other respectful identifier; and respecting
the diversity of our work force in actions, words and deeds.
18. Ability to use office
equipment such as: personal computer, calculator, phone, photocopier, fax,
scanner, printer.
UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.