University of Colorado PRA Animal Imaging in Aurora, Colorado
University of Colorado – School of Medicine
Professional Research Assistant
Perform image acquisition, image-guided radiation treatment as well as animal handling/ anesthesia for small laboratory animals (mostly mice and rats) which are enrolled into imaging (MRI, PET, SPECT, CT, optical imaging, X-RAD irradiator) protocols for all investigators and users of the Animal Imaging Shared Resource (AISR) at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. Perform all QC and QA on the Bruker 9.4 Tesla MRI and X-RAD irradiator. Assist the Shared Resource Director (Dr. Natalie J. Serkova, Radiology) with all protocol development and study implementation. Teach workshops and classes for graduate and postgraduate students on basics of Animal Imaging and Animal Handling, together with other members of the AISR, the Radiation Oncology (Dr. Sana Karam) and OLAR (Office for Laboratory Animals) teams.
Examples of Work Performed
- Accommodate all AISR users’ needs such as:
a. scheduling an imaging/ irradiation study through the iLab
b. performing imaging acquisition and radiation treatment acquisitions according to the established SOPs
c. performing animal anesthesia and animal handling during imaging/ irradiation studies according to the established protocols
d. developing and performing routine quality control and services to our imaging scanners and irradiator
e. individualized training sessions for our users on our scanners and irradiator
f. involvement in the initial image and data analysis
Operate as an AISR technician by coordinating all UCCC Core activities including iLab scheduling, invoicing and reporting.
Updating all SOPs for animal imaging and irradiation during imaging procedures.
A routine maintenance of the Bruker MRI scanner and the X-RAD image-guided irradiator (together with the Radiation Oncology team)
Helping in preparation and submission IACUC protocols for Drs. Serkova’s team and major AISR users.
Communicate with research personnel regarding technical issues during image acquisition/ irradiation.
Ensure appropriate documentation of all anesthetics, controlled substances and radioactive tracers.
Train and supervise Drs. Serkova’s students in all laboratory SOPs; teach Animal Imaging workshops campus- and State-wide.
Work closely with all our team members as well as the Veterinarian OLAR team.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services .
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Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Superb communication skills in working with multiple investigators/ teams
Effective written and oral communication skills, in English
Ability to enter data in a database and manage an email account
Ability to handle rodents
Ability to perform anesthesia on animals
Ability to maintain an activity log and iLab records
Ability to work with complex machinery
Planning and organization skills
Able to teach and lead others by example
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree or higher (BS, MS, PhD) in physics/ engineering/ chemistry and a technical capacity to work with animals.
Conditions of Employment
Must be willing and able to enter high magnetic field (no pace makers, no implants, no ferromagnetic body piercing, no infusion pumps) – please refer to MRI safety guidelines
Must be willing able to work around noise and vibrations
Must be willing and able to work around radioactive materials
Must be willing and able to obtain and maintain a radiation safety training
Must possess and maintain a current State of Colorado Driver’s License
Must be willing and able to wear appropriate respiratory protection
40 hours per week, no over-time duty/ payment required
Minimum 2-year commitment
Organization: *H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus
Title: PRA Animal Imaging
Requisition ID: 13959