Senior Research Investigator (Lab Manager)

University of Pennsylvania
Job Type: 
Full Time
Closing Date: 
Friday, November 30, 2018

The Computational Breast Imaging Group (CBIG) at the Center for Biomedical Image Computing and Analytics (CBICA) of the Radiology Department at the University of Pennsylvania has immediate openings for Research Staff positions. CBIG's mission is to act as a translational catalyst between computational science and cancer imaging research. Work in our group focuses on developing innovative image analysis, machine learning and data science methodologies for multimodality imaging, and also on incorporating such methods into clinically relevant applications. Most of our work to date has been on breast imaging, while more recently expanding more broadly in oncologic imaging, including lung and molecular imaging applications. A priority area is integrating imaging with molecular and genomic biomarkers towards precision medicine prevention and therapy for cancer.

Senior Research Investigator/Lab Manager (PhD-Level Position)

The Senior Research Investigator will be responsible for facilitating and coordinating several ongoing research projects. He/she will work collaboratively and will interface with faculty, research scientists, and trainees forming a diverse imaging and data science team. Responsibilities will include overseeing the collection and organization of large databases with clinical imaging data; planning and implementation of image processing and analysis pipelines using existing computational modules; development of new computational tools; design experiments, test hypotheses, and build statistical/machine learning models; supervision of image analysts in data organization and successful execution of the processing pipeline in a distributed cloud computing environment. Also, he/she will be responsible for reporting and communication of image processing and analysis results to scientific collaborators and designing quality control protocols to ensure the integrity and the quality of original and processed images, as well as of final quantitative results. He/she will perform statistical analysis of the imaging-derived data and will contribute to manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He/she will also supervise and train other research staff and will attend meetings and conferences as needed. The position requires a Ph.D. degree in computer science, statistics, biomedical engineering, mathematics or a related discipline and 5 to 7 years of hands-on experience conducting image analysis, bioinformatics, and/or statistical analysis research. Experience in image processing, statistics, data mining, machine learning, pattern analysis, and programming/software development is required (advanced knowledge of C/C++, Python, and Matlab, statistical analysis packages, version control, advanced experience in Linux/Unix platforms, shell scripting and distributed computing is a must). Experience with oncologic imaging research is a plus (e.g., X-ray/CT, MRI, PET). This is a high-energy, and highly interactive position where good problem solving, organizational, and communication skills, and a team-work mentality are vital. Strong writing skills are also key; publication record in imaging research is preferred.

CBIG has been a dynamically growing group, including several research laboratories and many collaborators from diverse fields. Opportunities within CBIG exist in many existing and new projects in multi-modality imaging breast and lung cancer applications, including molecular imaging. Successful applicants will join a vibrant collaborative research environment and will work closely with clinical investigators. Collaborators include faculty in our Radiology department, the Center for Biomedical Image Computing and Analytics (CBICA), the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC), the Penn Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI), and the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB).

For more information, please visit:

Computational Breast Imaging Group (CBIG):

Center for Biomedical Image Computing and Analytics (CBICA):

Penn Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI):

Abramson Cancer Center (ACC):

Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB):

Penn Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs:

For more details and to apply contact:

Despina Kontos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Computational Breast Imaging Group (CBIG)
Center for Biomedical Image Computing and Analytics (CBICA)
Senior Fellow, Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI)
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Radiology
Bioengineering, Biostatistics and Epidemiology Graduate Groups
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