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The research project will involve multiple neuroimaging studies examining biomarkers of brain aging and dementia. These studies will be partially conducted in collaboration with the UC San Diego Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. These studies will employ structural, diffusion and contrast MRI, amyloid and tau PET, neuropsychological testing, and blood and/or CSF biomarkers, among other tools, to better understand how brain microstructure, vascular integrity, and neuropathology, relate to disease risk and cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.
Under the supervision of the project PIs, the Imaging Researcher serves as a research project associate for multiple research protocols assessing neuroimaging biomarkers of dementia. Also responsible for organizing and managing brain imaging research data. Manages Linux based workstations for post processing/data manipulation, and data analysis as well as create, maintain and update research databases. Provides support in project administration and publication preparation of imaging research. May provide assistance and have direct communication with subjects and families involved in research projects.
A Bachelor's Degree (psychology, neuroscience, biology, cognitive science, statistics, computer science or related field preferred); or equivalent work experience.
Thorough knowledge of human subjects research policies and procedures. Knowledge of the human subject consent process, and federal government regulations pertaining to consenting of subjects. On-line training certificate (acquired on job). Knowledge of IRB, and sponsored research requirements.
Experience in a clinical trials research environment including basic understanding of persons with dementia, preferred experience with MRI in order to recruit, schedule, and test patients for clinical study subjects.
Demonstrated Working knowledge of medical and scientific terminology.
Demonstrated knowledge of statistical analysis of quantitative brain imaging data measures using SPSS, Matlab, and other statistical programs.
Proven ability to determine sources of clinical data, analyze the data and information obtained, in order to create documents and to propose solutions to issues and to help in developing standardized operational procedures.
Strong ability in researching clinical data in preparation for grant applications and technical manuals, staying abreast of new research developments. Ability to abstract information from protocol and investigator brochure, which requires summarizing large quantities of data.
Demonstrated skill in assembling written narrative information using word processing software for documenting image analysis procedures and tracking data.
Strong experience with computers (Personal computer and Macintosh). Skill with personal computers, word processing, spreadsheet, email software, databases. Specifically Linux OS and the Microsoft office suite (excel, access, PowerPoint, word, etc).
Excellent record keeping, database management, detail oriented, logical, methodological approach to problem solving, process orientation, administrative and organizational skills. Ability to prioritize assignments, maintain workflow, and work productively in meeting critical deadlines and milestones.
Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to use tact and diplomacy with subjects (including patients with cognitive impairment), their families, faculty and institutional staff, as well as when representing the agency in the community.
Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively and diplomatically at all organizational levels, verbally and in writing. Ability to work professionally and effectively with a diverse population, including the business community, academicians, staff and students.
Skill in working independently and following through on assignments with minimal supervision. Good judgment to know when to ask for assistance from supervisor in cases where regulations, policies and procedures are not clear.
Ability to maintain confidentiality in accordance with Human Subject Requirements.
Working knowledge of UCSD Human Research Protections Program policies and Procedures
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