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Washington University of St. Louis Senior Scientist - Radiology - 46596 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Radiology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


This position is for an experienced scientist in imaging technology and, in particular, neuroimaging. The position will include a variety of applications of scientific and technical skills involving currently funded and future federally funded applications. Furthermore, as much as 25-30% of the work will include CNS new tracer drug development and evaluation of target engagement of novel CNS drugs in collaboration with industry sponsors.

The candidate will be expected to work on a daily basis with the principal investigator and director of the laboratory. The position will require multi-tasking on analysis and, to some extent, organizational research aspects. The latter may include, but not be limited to helping the PI interface with collaborators at Washington University and external industry collaborators. The candidate will also work closely with the existing Radiology infrastructure, such as at XNAT and RadCore and outside CROs, and will facilitate data analysis and data retrieval by interfacing with other lab faculty and staff, including IT personnel and research coordinators.

The candidate will also assist in acquisition issues, such as helping coordinate PET quantification aspects, such as optimizing scan times, acquisition and analysis of radiolabeled metabolites from radial arterial blood sampling to be used in kinetic modelling with dynamic PET studies.


  1. Performs kinetic modelling and imaging data analysis, using MRI-based anatomically defined regional labels.
  2. Performs neuroimaging studies, involving PET and SPECT.
  3. Develops, with the PI, other IT lab members and collaborators, multiple platforms for image acquisition, digital storage, backup and analysis platforms.
  4. Collaborates with the PI on the design, conduct and reporting of research projects.
  5. Assists with grant preparation and reporting. May submit grant proposals in rare circumstances with the approval of the PI, Department Head and Dean.
  6. Prepares and submits papers on research.
  7. Develops hypotheses to be tested and ways of testing it.
  8. Complies with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
  9. Manages research projects with other institutions and investigators.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D., M.D. or an equivalent terminal degree and at least three years of postdoctoral experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in programming in MATLAB, SPM, Unix. Some experience in C and C++ programming.
  • Prior experience in widely used neuroimaging tools, such as Analyze, PMOD and related programs widely available, including Freesurfer.
  • Ph.D. in biomathematics, bioengineering, physics, applied mathematics or neuroscience (with extensive image experience).
  • Experience with statistical packages, such as R, SPSS or SAS or Stata, because this would be the next step in working with the outcome measures of the PET/SPECT scans neuroimaging quantification.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with education and experience.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7.

Applicant Special Instructions

This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Senior Scientist - Radiology - 46596

Job ID: 46596

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular