Posted: 2/26/2022

Research Technician II (NIL-RC, Benzinger Lab)

Position Summary

The Research Technician II position assists with the technical aspects of brain imaging studies and experiments, including processing of raw image data using established software, quality control assessments of imaging, and data management.

Our research group is located in the Neuroimaging Laboratories Research Center (NIL-RC), an interdisciplinary unit of the Washington University School of Medicine that brings together over 30 faculty and 100 students, postdocs, and staff focused on understanding the brain. We collect MRI and PET data in the Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR), a hospital-based facility that provides access to advanced imaging resources.

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Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform processing of imaging data in Magnetic Resonance (MR) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) research studies using neuroimaging software toolkits (such as FreeSurfer, FSL, and internally developed tools).
  • Perform visual and quantitative Quality Control/Quality Assessment of research imaging scans and processing software output.
  • Update, manage, and organize an internal database of imaging data collected for various research studies. Pull and organize data for analysis using data management scripts and programs (such as Microsoft Excel, Bash/shell scripting, R, or Python).
  • Perform basic data analyses using common statistical software tools (Such as R or Python).
  • May assist with set-up and operation of MR and PET scanners and imaging equipment for use in data collection.
  • May assist with data processing workflow development and optimization using various programming languages (Bash/shell scripting, Python, MATLAB, use of web-based APIs).
  • Perform data entry as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaborate and communicate with laboratory staff and investigators.
  • Ability to maintain organized, complete, and clear records and reports using spreadsheet programs.
  • Comfort with some major computer systems and software (Windows, Mac, or Linux) and demonstrated ability to learn new software tools and concepts.
  • Interest in psychology and/or neuroscience.
  • Familiarity with neuroanatomy, MRI or PET imaging concepts, basic programming skills, or familiarity with command line interfaces.
  • While prior experience with neuroimaging is a strength, our lab provides ongoing training to develop these skills.

Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree and up to one year of experience in a laboratory setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling four years.


Salary Range
$15.61 – $24.39 / Hourly
The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one’s qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.