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Magnetic Resonance Research Laboratories (MRRL) Project Scientist-Zhong laboratory

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $71,500 - $95,600 The posted UC salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 37B.

Application Window

Open date: August 17, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, May 17, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Magnetic Resonance Research Laboratories (MRRL) in the Department of Radiological Sciences at UCLA seeks to fill a project scientist position in the Zhong laboratory. This project scientist scholar will work under the guidance of Dr. Xiaodong Zhong to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, including physicist and physician faculty, postdoctoral and other project scientist scholars, clinical residents and fellows, and graduate student researchers in Radiological Sciences, the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, and other departments in UCLA Health to develop, lead, and support research projects in the areas of MR pulse sequence development, image acquisition and reconstruction, data analysis, pre-clinical investigation, and clinical translation and evaluation, especially for applications in diagnosis, treatment planning and monitoring of cardiovascular diseases. Level and compensation are commensurate with experience.

This project scientist scholar will
• Manage and coordinate projects and experiments
• Communicate with the PI and collaborators and present/report projects effectively in the oral or written format
• Work independently and in a team environment, depending on the need of individual projects
• Design, implement, and test novel MRI pulse sequence, image reconstruction and data analysis techniques for research and clinical translation
• Supervise and mentor doctoral and postdoctoral trainees
• Author or contribute to scientific publications and grant applications
• Establish and maintain the Lab’s research infrastructure such as hardware/software environment

About UCLA MRRL: The MRRL currently has 10 faculty members and more than 30 staff, students, and post-doctoral research fellows from Radiological Sciences and other departments. The MRRL collaborates closely with clinicians and engineers at UCLA. The MRRL has access to five clinical research Siemens MRI systems (3T Vida, 3T Prisma, 3T Skyra, 1.5 T Sola, and 1.5T Avanto Fit systems), as well as a dedicated imaging research facility for pre-clinical studies (including one 3T Prisma) and one MR/PET system (Siemens mMR). For more information, please visit

About Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center: The Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center was founded in 1980 and it was the first in the United States to focus exclusively on treating adult congenital heart disease patients. Since then, it has been one of the largest facilities of its kind in the United States. The center provides clinical care to various types of congenital heart diseases. The center also has world-leading research and training programs.

About UCLA Health: For the 34th consecutive year, UCLA Health hospitals were named to the U.S. News & World Report national honor roll of best hospitals. This distinction was reserved for only 22 hospitals among more than 4500 evaluated across 15 specialties and 21 common procedures and conditions. UCLA Health was designated “high-performing” relative to other hospitals in treating patients 65 and older in 21 common procedures and conditions. Among them are various cancers, hip and knee replacement, heart attack and bypass surgery, stroke and diabetes.

For further inquiries please contact: with subject heading: MR Project Scientist

To Apply: Email (1) an updated CV, (2) a statement of research; (3) a statement on contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), and (4) 3 letters of reference at Only applicants that apply through this website will be considered.

The posted UC salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 37B. The salary range for this position is $71,500 - $95,600.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A PhD or MD/PhD is required in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Physics, Medical Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Material Science, Physiology, or a closely related field.

Preferred qualifications

Expected qualifications (At least three of the following):
• MR physics
• Image reconstruction and processing
• Proficient MATLAB, C++ or Python programming
• Siemens IDEA or ICE programming
• Deep learning
• Biomechanics
• Biostatistics
• Cardiovascular MRI research experience

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

References may be contacted to verify experience.

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Job location

Los Angeles, CA