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Research Worker

Taub Inst Res Alzheimers Disease Aging Brain

Research Worker

  • 532916
  • Medical Center
  • Taub Inst Res Alzheimers Disease Aging Brain
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Dec 21 2022
  • Technical Grade 6
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union
  • Bargaining Unit: SSA
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $61,622.69 - $61,622.69 annually
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

The Brickman Lab at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain is looking for a Research Worker to support a variety of research studies involving MRI brain imaging and patient-facing data collection.


The successful candidate will primarily be involved in establishing a multi-site study with a focus on MRI harmonization and imaging analysis. To this end, the successful candidate will work to implement and refine existing neuroimaging protocols, apply and improve neuroimaging software, manage data transfer and quality control, and act as a liaison between local and national research teams. The Research Worker is accountable for meeting internal and external deadlines under minimal supervision and will attend regular team meetings to present data and discuss study-related concerns. Additional responsibilities include subject recruitment and scheduling, MRI data acquisition, regulatory (IRB) administration, and ad hoc support for collaborative research studies. They may also be asked to assist in preliminary statistical analysis and train lower-level technicians in the lab. Some flexibility in work hours is expected, hybrid work can be accommodated subject to business needs. As workload permits, there are opportunities for involvement in scholarly activities such as participation in seminars, case conferences, presentation of experimental results, and manuscript preparation/co-authorship.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and at least one year of experience, or a bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of related experience, or equivalent in education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior knowledge of or curiosity in aging and dementia research
  • Experience in the analysis of white matter hyperintensities, diffusion tensor imaging metrics, and regional volumetry/cortical thickness
  • Familiarity with neuropsychological measures (e.g., NIH Toolbox, Promis, MoCA, WAIS, UDS3), Columbia University systems (e.g., RASCAL, EPIC, CTMS) and research data platforms (XNAT, Flywheel)

Other Requirements

  • Background in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, computer science, math, physics, or related field. 
  • Familiarity with the use of SPSS and/or R, Linux, Bash, and MATLAB/Python as well as neuroimaging software (such as SPM, FSL, MRicon, or FreeSurfer).
  • Experience in clinical research settings with knowledge of HIPAA and GCP.
  • Ability to prioritize assignments, work independently, and proactively identify problems
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to communicate in a professional manner with investigators across institutions.

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