Research Specialist-Dept. of Radiology at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa

Posted in Other 4 days ago.

Type: Full Time

Job Description:

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Radiology is seeking a Research Specialist to participate in research involving the interobserver disagreement in the diagnoses of blood diseases such as leukemia. This involves the exploration of the origins of this disagreement, and to devise ways to reduce the variability rates. This position will independently evaluate different blood diseases to assess if they are appropriate for targeting applications for extramural research funding. This position will be selecting cases from hematopathology and marking diagnostic areas of interest in the cases, as well as ascertaining diagnosis (or differential diagnosis) for these cases. This position will involve the use of a virtual microscope and digital slides. It will involve case selection for experiments, data collection from pathologists as they read a case set, evaluation of their diagnostic outcomes for the cases, and explaining why other pathologists made mistakes when diagnosing the slides. Participate in grant applications that look at the high interobserver variability in the diagnosis of certain blood disorders such as leukemia.


RESEARCH : * Independently perform research activities in a specialized area, and function as a specialist in techniques specific to the radiology perception lab.

* Plan and troubleshoot experiments independently based on critical review of the literature.

* Research new methods/theories and adapt to needs of the laboratory.


Case selection for scientific experiments from a library of cases at the Department of Pathology.

Work with a virtual microscope to mark areas of interest in slides and to collect data from pathologists reading a case set, aiming to determine the origins of the high interobserver disagreement rates observed.

Assess case diagnosis (or differential diagnosis) and help explain why others made mistakes.

Develop and implement research plan either independently or in conjunction with other investigators. * Present results/findings at lab and departmental level; may present at local and national meetings.

COLLECT, ANALYZE AND SUMMARIZE DATA; PREPARE REPORTS; CONTRIBUTE TO MANUSCRIPTS, PUBLICATIONS : * Contribute at a high level to the lab/research project as evidenced by documented recognition in publications as an author or for technical assistance.

* Assist in preparing publications and presentations.

* Contribute to the technical writing of papers, manuscripts, and published materials as evidenced by documented recognition.

* Contribute in the submission of research ethics documentation to the Institutional Review Board.

ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT : * Make recommendations regarding the validity of research data.

* Communicate directly with any external stakeholders (funders, partners, etc.) as to progress, reporting requirements, and timetables.


Develop training procedures for basic and high-level lab techniques and protocols.

Provide training on basic lab techniques and protocols.

The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required of individuals performing this job.

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.


EDUCATION REQUIRED * Master s degree in biology or engineering, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED * 3-5 years of experience in Hematophathology.

* Ability to do independent online library searches.

* Knowledge and ability to locate, interpret and evaluate research findings.

* Knowledge and ability to utilize tools and techniques for producing well written, meaningful and usable documentation of research findings.

Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

The ability to work independently with self motivation to complete the tasks at hand.

Must be proficient in computer software applications (Microsoft Office Suite).

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS * Fellowship trained in Hematophathology.

* Previous scientific writing, including manuscripts and grant preparation.

* Demonstrated ability for successful research collaborations.

* Knowledge and understanding of MATLab.

* Knowledge of Histopathology and Cytopathology.

* Knowledge of University of Iowa Policies and Procedures.