The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is a department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign dedicated to interdisciplinary research. Current research at Beckman involves the areas of nanoscale structures and processes, biological intelligence, imaging science and human-computer interaction. Researchers in these areas work across traditional academic boundaries in scientific projects that can lead to the development of real-world applications in medicine, industry, electronics, and human health across the lifespan.
The Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory and the Center for Optical Molecular Imaging at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology seek to fill a position for a full-time Imaging Research Scientist. The purpose of this position is to develop and advance nonlinear optical imaging technologies and systems, and perform and/or manage translational imaging studies involving cell lines, pre-clinical animal models, human subjects, and/or human tissue specimens. This position will work closely with research personnel and physicians and will also interface with industry partners and collaborators at GlaxoSmithKline and LiveBx, LLC.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Innovate and develop novel multimodal nonlinear optical imaging systems, including both hardware and software, for applications in biological discovery and translational biomedical imaging.
- Evaluate and modify current system software and algorithms, hardware control and data acquisition software, user interfaces, and software for data storage.
- Perform qualitative and quantitative imaging using various optical imaging systems on cell lines, pre-clinical animal models, human subjects, and/or human tissue specimens using established procedures and independent judgment to determine probable causes for low- and high-quality images.
- Develop and design fiber-optic-based beam delivery systems for multimodal nonlinear imaging with hand-held probes, catheter-endoscopes, and imaging needles.
- Perform established quality assurance procedures (quality control testing, instrument function checks and calibrations), maintain appropriate documentation, and report irregularities to the research team.
- Assess accuracy and validity of obtained test results by applying knowledge of relevant scientific principles, recognize changes that are critical to research studies, and identify probable causes for irregular and atypical findings.
- Maintain records of tests, examinations, and final results for all record functions and inquiries related to imaging human subjects or human tissue specimens.
- Assist in instructing students, post-docs and research scientists in the principles and techniques of imaging science and technology.
- Continue to develop professionally (e.g., member of professional society, attend conferences, publish research results, keep up on latest advances in the field).