Research associate / NCI Imaging Data Commons project

Monday 16th September 2019

Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School

General summary

Surgical Planning Laboratory (SPL) ( is seeking an enthusiastic individual who is passionate about open science, open data and open source software. The successful candidate will be contributing to the development of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Imaging Data Commons (IDC).

Funded through theCancer MoonshotSMin support of theNational Cancer Data Ecosystem, the IDC will house multi-modal imaging data and results of its analysis, to make them available for the use of the broad cancer research community. The IDC will join theGenomics Data Commons (GDC),Proteomics Data Commons (PDC), and Integrated Canine Data Commons (ICDC) as the newest component of theNCI Cancer Data Research Commons (CRDC). The IDC will allow researchers to apply resources from Google Cloud and leverage the work done at theInstitute for Systems Biology Cancer Genomics Cloud (ISB-CGC)for one of the NCI Cloud Resources that CBIIT has developed over the last several years. You can learn more about IDC plans in this recent post on NCI CBIIT blog at

By joining the team, you become part of a major nation-wide initiative led by the National Cancer Institute to make cancer research data more open and accessible. You will be working as part of a consortium that involves basic and clinical researchers, industry partners, software architects and engineers across the US and internationally.

SPL offers unique translational research environment with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, imaging physicists, computer scientists, technologists and nurses, within a state-of-the-art clinical research facility in a top academic setting.

This position will provide a unique opportunity to interact with faculty and research staff at leading institutions, gain practical experience of translating medical image computing technologies into clinical research environment, participate in publications, and develop a professional career in medical imaging informatics.

SPL is in the Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which is a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. The employee will have the opportunity to apply for an appointment at Harvard Medical School, contingent on department review.

Applicants should include CV highlighting their relevant expertise, and a cover letter describing why this opening is of their interest, and how it fits their experience and interests.

Principal duties and responsibilities

Develop, maintain and document open-source software components that will support Imaging Data Commons; specifically, develop data conversion tools that will support data harmonization, implement new capabilities in the existing desktop and web-based tools to work with standardized DICOM data, develop metadata search and query interfaces, develop and deploy cloud-based processing workflows, support data harmonization efforts of the project
Work with collaborators in other institutions to jointly develop and troubleshoot open-source software
Document the requirements and specifications of the developed software
There will be opportunities to publish in peer-reviewed conferences and journals
Support training and outreach activities of the project
Occasional travel to attend face-to-face meetings and project events

MS or PhD in computer science, biomedical engineering, or a related field, with the emphasis on biomedical image analysis

Excellent communication and academic writing skills
Proven ability to work well in a team
Development skills in one or more of Python, JavaScript, C++, SQL, Neo4j, MongoDB
Experience with cloud computing (AWS, Google Cloud, or Azure) and/or devops administration
Demonstrated contribution to open-source projects is highly desirable
Experience with medical imaging and data visualization
Experience with the DICOM standard is a major strength
Experience with Google Cloud Platform is a major strength
Experience with Unix/Linux systems is desirable
BWH actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, protected veteran status, uniformed service member status, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Non US-citizens are encouraged to apply. If needed, visa applications (H1B) will be sponsored by the employer for the applicant(s) selected through the competitive process.

Job Type: Full-time


relevant: 3 years (Preferred)

Bachelor's (Required)
Work Location:

One location

Health insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
This Company Describes Its Culture as:

Innovative -- innovative and risk-taking
Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance culture
Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative

October-December 2019

Organization Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School
Location Boston, USA
Title Research associate / NCI Imaging Data Commons project