Clinical Neuroimaging Research Associate

Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Closing date
Apr 6, 2023

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The PanLab for Precision Mental Health and Translational Neuroscience within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science is currently recruiting for a Clinical Neuroimaging Research Associate to perform the sequence of research activities on human neuroimaging projects, including a clinical human connectome project (the "Mapping Connectomes for Emotional Disorders" project funded by NIH). The PanLab is developing precision medicine approaches for mental health disorders, spanning mood, anxiety and attention disorders. We focus on developing new brain-based classifications that guide an understanding of the individual and subsequent treatment selection.

Specifically, the primary focus of the Clinical Neuroimaging Research Associate will be responsible for recruitment and testing sessions. These responsibilities are anchored in functional neuroimaging sessions and the pre-post scanning visit procedures. During study visits, the Research Associate would be responsible for functional MRI scans, and for associated diagnostic interviews, and questionnaire and behavioral assessments. The pre-visit procedures involve recruitment, screening and scheduling. The post-visit procedures involve quality control and the opportunity to process and visualize data as it accumulates. The position requires a deep engagement with the subject area and a comfort with human neuroimaging procedures as well as with participant interactions. The position will be work within an inter-disciplinary team of investigators spanning the Schools of Medicine and Engineering. This environment creates the opportunity for taking the initiative to gain research experience in additional areas, such as in data analysis, imaging pre-processing procedures, scientific presentations and reports to NIH. The position will be based within a collaborative team and the PanLab values cooperation, fairness, efficiency and conscientiousness.

Interested candidates should include a CV and Cover Letter addressing how your education and experience relates to the position as described above.

Duties include:

• Serve as primary contact with research participants, sponsors, and regulatory agencies. Coordinate studies from start-up through close-out.
• Determine eligibility of and gather consent from study participants according to protocol. Assist in developing recruitment strategies.
• Coordinate collection of study specimens and processing.
• Collect and manage patient and laboratory data for clinical research projects. Manage research project databases, develop flow sheets and other study related documents, and complete study documents/case report forms.
• Ensure compliance with research protocols, and review and audit case report forms for completion and accuracy with source documents. Prepare regulatory submissions, and ensure Institutional Review Board renewals are completed.
• Monitor expenditures and adherence to study budgets and resolve billing issues in collaboration with finance and/or management staff.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

• Previous research experience in relevant discipline (including but not limited to Cognitive Neurosciences, Affective Neurosciences, Biology etc) .
• 1-2 years of related hands-on experience in acquiring and/or processing data that requires a high level of technical skill and attention to detail (including but limited to functional MRI, EEG, lab-based assays etc.)
• Proficiency with basic programming and scripts (for example, using R)
• Technical skills and familiarity with imaging software packages such as SPM, FSL and/or FreeSurfer
• Previous work with human participants


Two-year college degree and two years related work experience or a Bachelor's degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of related education and relevant experience.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
• Knowledge of medical terminology.


Society of Clinical Research Associates or Association of Clinical Research Professionals certification is preferred.


• Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat and use fine light/fine grasping.
• Occasionally sit, reach above shoulders, perform desk based computer tasks, use a telephone and write by hand, lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
• Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, grasp forcefully, sort and file paperwork or parts, rarely lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
WORKING CONDITIONS: • Includes evening and weekend hours to align with participant schedules.
• Position may at times require the employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or exposure to chemicals, blood, body fluid or tissues and risk of exposure to contagious diseases and infections.

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