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The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center within the University of Michigan Department of Neurology is seeking a NeuroImaging Core Manager to join its research team. Location is at the 2101 Commonwealth Blvd, Suite A, Ann Arbor, MI, where there is free staff parking.

We are seeking an experienced, positive, initiative-taking, organized person with excellent multi-tasking, record-keeping, and management skills to work with the MADC Core Leaders, Research Administrator, and other research team members to accurately and efficiently carry out a range of tasks associated with a variety of research studies. The characteristic duties and responsibilities of this position may evolve over time to match changing needs and priorities.

The emphasis of this research position is on the management of the MADC’s NeuroImaging Core. This position will oversee the acquisition, management, quality control, transfer of image files, pre-post processing of images for upload to collaborators, NIH repositories and curation of neuroimaging data and images at the center. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with faculty and staff in managing and maintaining the imaging databases as well as NeuroImaging Core staff. The candidate will be able to operate in an independent manner to manage and complete clinical research and related projects effectively. The candidate must have the ability to formulate research methods and suggest options for improving quality; identify potential problems and recommend and implement solutions. The successful candidate will possess the skills to analyze, compare and evaluate various courses of action and have the authority to make independent decisions on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of their responsibilities.
Experience (2+ years) of programming experience with shell scripting and Matlab is necessary as is experience with imaging analysis/visualization platforms such as FreeSurfer, FSL, SPM, Slicer, and MATLAB. The successful candidate will be expected to track, catalogue, and monitor imaging data collection (including quality control/assurance monitoring) and storage/maintenance thereof. The applicant will ensure data processing meets timelines and must be able to keep deadlines, communicate clearly, and solve problems as they arise. It is also expected that the successful applicant will maintain and develop expertise in innovative collection and analytic methods.

Other duties could include assisting with the creation of posters, papers, and presentations for scientific meetings and/or grant submissions and managing other scientific administrative and clerical activities as directed to support research projects.


  • Supervise exempt and non-exempt research personnel.
  • Oversee MRI/fMRI/PET collection, processing, transferring and analysis with a lesser focus on interpretation.
  • Learn new techniques (e.g., ASL, diffusion imaging, graph theory) and apply those techniques to data that has already been collected by the lab.
  • Assist in the design of experiments to test differences in brain structure and neural activity between clinical groups, such as persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
  • Create and maintain pipelines and programming scripts to streamline data processing and analysis.
  • Aid with processing data for manuscript development for the NeuroImaging Core leaders and center collaborators. 
  • Develop, manage, and maintain imaging databases and associated protocols for storing MRI and PET imaging. 
  • Perform general office and administrative duties as assigned.
  • Other duties as directed by the Core leader(s) and Research Administrator

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in a science or health-related field
  • Supervisory and project management experience
  • Computer proficiency (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and EndNote), including programming languages (i.e., Python, FreeSurfer, R, MATLAB, Swift, C & GitHub/GitLab)
  • Confident and initiative-taking with excellent multi-tasking ability and record-keeping skills.
  • Outstanding organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Professional demeanor and excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse teams of people in a diplomatic and effective manner.
  • Ability to problem-solve and establish timelines and priorities.
  • Must have reliable transportation since local travel (e.g., between U-M main and outlying campuses) will be expected.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's degree
  • Experience working with older adults and familiarity with associated MRI based processing methods.
  • One or more years staff management experience
  • Experience with data analysis (e.g.: Unix/Linux/MATLAB) and familiar with High Performance Computing and managing access on servers.
  • Research experience with investigator-initiated and federal sponsored trials
  • Experience working and interacting with research participants.
  • Experience with Electronic Data Capture
  • Proficiency in using statistical analysis packages such as R, SAS, and SPSS or another research laboratory programs.
  • Experience analyzing both functional and structural MRI data.
  • Experience (1-2 years) with processing and imaging analysis platforms such as Freesurfer, FSL, and SPM.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Good Clinical Practice and HIPAA
  • A working knowledge of medical terminology and assessment of laboratory values. Ability to prioritize and sustain an elevated level of organization while working with several research studies.
  • Experience with univariate and multivariate analysis, used with both neuroimaging and behavioral data.
  • Experience creating neuroimaging figures using programs such as MRIcroGL and behavioral figures with software such as Rstudio.

Background Screening

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Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.