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Columbia University Research Assistant in New York, New York

  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union

  • Bargaining Unit: SSA

  • Regular/Temporary: Temporary

  • End Date if Temporary: 1 Year

  • Hours Per Week: 35

  • Salary Range: $50,445.02

Position Summary

A temporary one-year full-time Research Assistant (RA) position is available at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) in Columbia University Medical Center. The job will involve analyzing structural and functional MRI with machine learning especially deep learning methods. This would be an excellent position for someone interested in a 1-year position prior to application to graduate school or medical school.


  • Gather, process, and analyze structural and functional MRI scans.

  • Conduct medical imaging analysis using machine learning, especially deep learning.

  • Conduct literature reviews.

  • Attend project meetings.

  • Attend area seminars and other meetings as necessary.

  • Summarize project results and prepare materials for academic paper writing.

  • Prepare progress reports for the PI and funding agency.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Biotechnology or related field and at least one and one-half years of related experience or equivalent in education, training and experience. Knowledge of various related laboratory procedures and techniques required.

  • Understand the biological meaning of structural and functional change in brain MRI of different diseases as well as normal aging.

  • Fluent communication skills on technical topics. The incumbent will be expected to present data and approaches to a broad technical audience.

  • Demonstrated capability for independent work and creative problem-solving.

  • Organizational and collaborative skills, particularly the ability to work in an environment with colleagues who are highly diverse in technical background, level of training, and interaction styles.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least two years of deep learning related projects experience.

  • Prior experience with or contribution to open-source software projects, particularly in the scientific software domain.

  • Prior experience with large-scale neurological diseases data analysis.

  • Work in large and/or distributed teams during prior projects. Collaborative or interdisciplinary activities are especially valued.

  • Prior leadership activities, such as service in leadership roles.

  • Flexibility and adaptability, often demonstrated by prior work or training across disparate disciplines.

  • Past empirical neuroscience work, including both data collection and analysis. Human subjects experience is not at all required, but will be favored.

  • Programming skills, with evidence of prior experience in brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) related machine learning especially deep learning projects. Prior knowledge of Python (PyTorch or Tensorflow), MATLAB and R are important.

Other Requirements

  • Applicants must have excellent computer skills.

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