Job Posting: UMN Informatics Institute and Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain - Neuroimaging Staff Scientist

The University of Minnesota Informatics Institute’s mission is to foster and accelerate data-intensive research across the University of Minnesota system through consultations, direct support to core facilities, and competitive grants. UMII is part of Research Computing, together with the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) and U-Spatial. The Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) brings together University of Minnesota experts in pediatric medicine and research to diagnose, prevent and treat neurodevelopmental disorders in early childhood and adolescence.

This position will be integrated into the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) Informatics Group, a dedicated resource to support the needs of the MIDB institute in the neuroimaging informatics space. The candidate will close the gap between researchers and the resources available to the neuroimaging community, ensuring the highest quality of research output in the shortest possible time.

UMII has a strong commitment to the University’s goal of creating a positive and inclusive campus climate by advancing equity and diversity. We aim to hire high-potential people with varying identities and backgrounds.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of MIDB’s Neuroimaging Informatics Manager, work with other MIDB-IG staff to ensure MIDB’s neuroimaging informatics needs are met
  • Work directly with researchers to provide support in neuroimaging informatics
  • Keep abreast of the literature in the neuroimaging informatics space
  • Develop scripts and procedures to improve user experience
  • Anticipate and plan for researchers’ needs for new technologies
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Responsibilities

Consulting (50%)

  • Work with MIDB stakeholders to identify short-term and long-term needs in neuroimaging informatics
  • Appropriately document work to assist researchers to prepare grants, research papers, and reports based on the analysis
  • Assist researchers in leveraging existing resources available to neuroimaging researchers, including image databases (LORIS, …) and tools.

Development (40%)

  • Assist in the development of new computational environments to support neuroimaging analysis platforms (ANTS, FSL, FreeSurfer, etc.) in the HPC environment at MSI
  • Build computational workflows that scale and work across a broad range of file system storage
  • Develop scripts for neuroimaging analysis for often-used scripts

Professional Development (10%)

  • Participate in the University of Minnesota IT and cultural communities through relevant University working groups, committees of practice, and professional organizations
  • Pursue development through relevant independent studies, training, workshops, and conferences

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree plus at least two years of related experience or advanced degree plus two years of experience or a combination of education and work experience to equal six years.
  • Background in scientific image processing, analysis, or multidimensional signal processing
  • Have proficiency in at least one programming language (Python, MATLAB, Java, C++, …)
  • Be familiar with the Linux operating system
  • Have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Be able to articulate processes verbally and in writing
  • Be highly motivated to learn new technical skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a science or engineering field
  • Experience in one or more of the following; MR neuroimaging image analysis (fMRI, DWI, structural) or medical image analysis
  • Container technology, such as Docker
  • HPC environments
  • Neuroimaging analysis software packages such as FSL, ANTS, and FreeSurfer
  • Experience working in a team environment with people with diverse expertise

General Skills and Attributes

  • Strong general troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Friendly presence and helpful attitude; excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others at all levels of the organization
  • Outgoing, confident, and easily builds relationships
  • Strong initiative to see tasks through to the end
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt to change
  • Ability to identify opportunities for improvement
  • Ability to work responsibly with or without direct supervision

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

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