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MRRL Project Scientist - Magnetic Resonance Research Laboratories

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $71,500 - $188,400. The posted UC salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 37B.

Application Window

Open date: December 19, 2023

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Mar 19, 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: Thursday, Sep 19, 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 has an immediate opening for a Project Scientist. The candidate will work under the supervision of principal investigators in the UCLA MRRL to develop, lead, and support research projects, including quantitative body and cancer MRI, MR spectroscopy, cardiovascular MRI, MRI-guided interventions, and/or artificial intelligence for MRI. It is expected that the candidate will primarily support two principal investigators in the UCLA MRRL; the specific arrangement will be determined based on the research interests of the candidate and the principal investigators. Research projects will engage with interdisciplinary teams and span medical imaging theory, computational modeling, image acquisition and reconstruction, image processing, quantitative image analysis, pre-clinical investigation, and clinical translation and evaluation. The candidate will also be expected to provide a baseline level of support to establish and maintain research infrastructure, develop and implement best practices, manage and coordinate experiments, supervise doctoral and postdoctoral trainees, author scientific publications, and develop the scientific components of grant applications.

Specific Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Lead research projects and support collaborative projects in the UCLA MRRL under the supervision of two primary principal investigators.
• Collaborate with a diverse team of investigators and trainees to advance the research projects in the UCLA MRRL.
• Design, implement, and test novel MRI pulse sequences for research and clinical translation.
• Design, implement, and test novel imaging protocols and image processing/analysis methods for research studies.
• Author scientific publications and grant proposals.
• Complete and maintain up-to-date training for laboratory safety, animal research, biological specimen research, and/or human subject research in accordance with UCLA guidelines.
• Establish and maintain research infrastructure, such as computer systems, storage devices, and software environments.
• Develop and update standard operating procedures and best practices for research projects.
• Supervise doctoral and postdoctoral trainees and staff members in the MRRL.
• Train and mentor MRRL members in MR physics concepts and data analysis.
• Support and participate in the MRRL educational programs.
• Communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, and complete scientific/technical reports and presentations.

Salary Range: $71,500 - $188,400
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-$188,400.

About UCLA MRRL: The MRRL currently has ten faculty members (six core and four affiliated) and more than 30 staff, students, and post-doctoral research fellows. 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). For more information, please visit

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical physics, computer science, or related discipline.

Preferred qualifications

We are looking for candidates with a strong background in biomedical engineering and MRI who are motivated to elevate or acquire new skills in pulse sequence design, image reconstruction, quantitative signal modeling, data analysis, machine/deep learning, and/or translational imaging applications. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical physics, computer science, or related discipline. Prior experiences and publications on MRI research and proficiency in software programming (e.g., MATLAB, C++, Python), including pulse sequence programming, are expected. Familiarity with the Siemens platform is preferred but not required.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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 Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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Job location

Los Angeles, CA