Carnegie Mellon University

Senior Research Scientist / Scientific Operations Director

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Position Description

The Scientific Operations Director (SOD) oversees operations & educational initiatives of the BRIDGE Center facilitating state of the art neuroimaging research with the highest possible data quality and ensures research at the center is conducted safely and efficiently. The primary responsibility of the SOD is to oversee the daily operation of the BRIDGE center and supports its thriving user community. Duties will include managing safety training and compliance, monitoring data quality and the scheduling of routine scanner maintenance, working with the co-directors to troubleshoot and resolve equipment performance issues, and supervising other BRIDGE staff to ensure efficient and accurate center scheduling, billing, data management, and documentation systems. The SOD will also have the skills to teach 2-3 courses per year through the Neuroscience Institute at CMU. Representative courses of interest include applied classes on working with neuroimaging data directly and overview classes on general human neuroscience methodologies. The mix of administrative duties and coursework is flexible and will be determined on an annual basis.

Center Operations

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the center, research activities, and any staff
  • Develop and maintain center manual and policies in collaboration with center co-directors
  • Design and implement center project registration, review, and tracking system
  • Oversee data server and online data management and processing system with center co-director
  • Serve as direct supervisor of MR technologist and center administrator with co-directors
  • Serve as primary and emergency contact for building and campus facilities management
  • Oversee operation and maintenance of MRI system and peripheral research equipment. Including, serving as primary contact to suppliers and contracted entities.
  • Serve as center expert on the MRI system and software and keep up to date on new developments, upgrades, and training
  • Setup MRI protocols for research projects
  • Maintain MRI console software and developmental sequence agreements

MRI Safety

  • Serve as chair of the Safety Committee
  • Develop safety policies in collaboration with Safety Committee and center co-directors
  • Conduct safety training for center users and staff
  • Create materials for safety training, signage, and reference with center co-directors
  • Design and implement training program for user run scanning with center co-directors
  • Ensure day-to-day safety of center researchers, staff, and participants
  • Coordinate safety policies and procedures with other relevant units on campus (e.g. Environmental Health & Safety, IRB)


  • Maintain expertise in latest MRI research methodologies across a range of MRI approaches including fMRI, structural MRI, and diffusion MRI, as well as expertise in MRI data organization, processing, and sharing.
  • Develop and implement formal courses and workshops, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, on a variety of topics including: introduction to MRI research, advanced MR techniques, MR physics, best practices, and use of center equipment and resources.
  • Maintain online educational resources and discussion forums (e.g. Slack, Discourse) for center users to. facilitate advancement of research projects and education of trainees.
  • Conduct reading groups or similar forums on relevant topics in MRI research and facilitate other events useful to the center research community.


  • Participate in the broader MRI research community and represent the center through collaborations, meetings, and conferences.
  • Serve as point of contact to provide outreach to the university and broader community, coordinate media events at the center, and assist the center director with communication to the university and community.


Ph.D., Masters Degree, or equivalent with experience in MRI systems.

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