Research Assistant-Radiology (SAIC)
University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

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The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics department of Radiology is seeking a Research Assistant for to perform complex imaging tests and procedures on small animals in the Small Animal Imaging Core (SAIC).

These imaging tests will involve:

  • The measurement and administration of radioactive pharmaceuticals to small animals (mice and rats) for tracer imaging and biodistribution studies
  • Operation of dedicated small animal Computed Tomography (CT) equipment to perform high-resolution anatomical CT scans.
  • Operation of dedicated small animal Positron Emission Tomography (PET) equipment to perform PET scans.
  • Operation of dedicated small animal Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) equipment to perform nuclear medicine studies.
  • Operate optical, ultrasound, x-ray, or other imaging technologies, as required by the SAIC.
  • Operate, calibrate and help maintain all small animal imaging equipment.
  • Perform necessary quality control procedures on all equipment within the SAIC.
  • Reconstruct and archive experimental data according to established procedures.
  • Record and consolidate research data.
  • Perform radiation assay surveys and maintain records according to radiation safety guidelines.
  • Follow current radiation regulatory and IACUC (animal care) guidelines.
  • Assist with development of new and/or revised research strategies and methodologies.
Civil and Respectful Interactions:
  • Demonstrates respect for all members of the University community in the course of performing one's duties and in response to administrators, supervisors, coworkers, and customers.
Diversity and Inclusion:
  • Welcomes the richness of talent from a diverse workforce and recognizes that diversity brings stimulation, challenge, and energy that contribute to a productive and effective workplace.
Leadership Accountability:
  • Represents the interests of the University and the SAIC leadership in the use of resources to meet service and productivity demands within goals and budgets; strives to promote continual process and quality improvement.
Learning and Professional Development:
  • Seeks opportunities to enhance one's own professional knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to one's current position and/or to prepare for potential future roles and overall career development.
Pay Grade: 3A

Benefits Highlights:
  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
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Education Required:
  • Requires the academic knowledge in the biological, health, or physical sciences generally associated with a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, plus the demonstrated ability to translate, adapt, and apply that knowledge in a challenging laboratory setting.
Required Qualifications:
  • Requires the academic knowledge and mathematical skills of a discipline plus the ability to translate, adapt and apply the knowledge that is generally associated with a Bachelor's degree with a science, biomedical engineering or math major, supplemented by one or more years of progressively responsible experience in the conduct of natural or health science research or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Basic computer skills required. Experience with one or more of the following operating systems required: Microsoft Windows, macOS, and/or Linux.
  • Significant experience and facility using Microsoft Office; specifically Word and Excel are required.
  • Applicant must be willing to work with ionizing radiation.
Highly Desirable Qualifications:
  • 3+ years research experience in a research laboratory.
  • Research experience using laboratory animals.
  • Demonstrated ability for rigorous documentation and attention to detail necessary for performance of complex scientific experiments.
  • The ability to adapt to a rapidly changing work environment while maintaining focus and scientific rigor.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Working with, measuring, and handling radioactive material.
  • Experience in operating nuclear/radiation based imaging equipment (CT, SPECT or PET).
  • Experience with IACUC and Radiation protection regulations and the appropriate documentation.
  • Experience with small animal handling and tail vein injections.

Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload Cover Letter and Resume (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification.

For additional questions or concerns, please reach out to Thaddeus Waddas at

Additional Information
  • Classification Title: Research Assistant
  • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Pay Level: 3A
Contact Information
  • Organization: Healthcare
  • Contact Name: Thaddeus Wadas
  • Contact Email:

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