Animal Imaging Physicist

5 - 7 years

Posted 244 days ago

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  1. Design and conduct scientific research on the physiological responses to exposure to chemicals, extreme environmental conditions, to include temperature, humidity, altitude, vibrations, and noise, and/or physical demand.
  2. Work with a diverse team of scientists, including toxicologists, engineers, neuroscientists, chemists, psychologists, animal behaviorists and biologists, to accomplish the mission of understanding the health effects of operating in military settings.
  3. Utilize animal models to evaluate the short- and long-term health and performance effects of acute and chronic exposure to chemicals, environmental stressors and/or physical demand.
  4. Assist otherinvestigators in the design and execution of research protocols on physiology and performance issues of interest to the Navy.
  5. Collect and interpret imaging and physiology data from animal subjects, with an emphasis on cardiovascular and neuroimaging.
  6. Collect data on blood flow in animal models following exposure, and perform kinetic modeling.
  7. Operate and maintain standard and specialized laboratory equipment with regard to assessing physiological function and health effects following exposure.
  8. Perform statistical analyses such as T-tests, Chi-Square, Analyses of Variance, Multivariate Analyses of Variance, analyses of covariance, multivariate analyses of covariance, correlations, linear regressions, multiple linear regressions, and power analyses. 
  9. Use multiple computer software packages to create spreadsheets and perform statistical routines.
  10. Assist in the preparation of proposal applications for other toxicological, physiological, psychological, medical, and performance studies.
  11. Assist in the development of technical reports, presentations, and publications.
  12. Supervise Research Assistants as needed
  13. Perform other duties as needed.


The Animal Imaging Physicist has a strong background in physiological research methodology with experience in research methods, design, and statistical analysis in a research setting as well as in animal imaging, animal physiology and translation to human physiology and performance. Extensive experience in ultrasound techniques on small animals, to include cardiovascular and cancer imaging - experience in human imaging a plus. Strong technical writing background with experience in writing research proposals, standard operating procedures, animal use protocols for approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (human use/Institutional Review Board protocols a plus), technical reports, journal articles, and conference papers. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively in a team environment but also self-motivated and capable of working independently and with others. Proficiency in the use of common statistical analysis software, to include SigmaPlot, SPSS and SAS. Must be willing and able to work nontraditional hours such as evening, nights and some weekends during periods of data collection.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Ph.D., DVM, or M.D. with at least 5 years of experience in animal physiology, animal imaging, medical physics, bioengineering, or a related scientific field

Minimum Experience:  A minimum of five years’ experience conducting original research, including the design and implementation of protocols with animal models, data analysis, and report production.

Physical Capabilities:  Requires long periods of working in a laboratory setting and/or at a computer; may lift materials weighing no more than 30 lbs.

Security Clearance:  This is a Position of Trust.  Must submit to and be able to complete a background investigation.  U.S. citizenship required.