Pre-Clinical MRI Physicist / Scientist

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Job ID:

27 Dry Dock Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Research Laboratory

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite: 100% onsite


Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) is seeking a Pre-Clinical MRI Physicist / Scientist to support the research activities at the Lurie Family Imaging Center (LFIC).  The LFIC is a state-of-the-art 14,000-square foot preclinical facility, fully equipped with housing and procedure rooms, as well as a suite of in vivo imaging scanners. The Pre-Clinical MRI Physicist / Scientist will integrate with a highly skilled team of Scientists and Research Associates, and report directly to the LFIC Scientific Director. The in vivo studies conducted at the LFIC are focused on cancer research, with an emphasis on in vivo pharmacology, the assessment of novel cancer therapeutics, and multimodality imaging of cancer, and provide key information for the improvement of cancer patient treatment and care.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


The successful candidate will work collaboratively and in concert with a staff of dedicated scientists, animal/imaging technologists, administrative personnel, and clinical counterparts to develop MRI protocols including pulse sequences, post-processing protocols, and analysis protocols. The Pre-Clinical MRI Physicist / Scientist will oversee the technical and safety training for all personnel operating the 7TMRI unit. The MRI Physicist will oversee the daily operations and MRI imaging procedures along with quality control and safety programs. The Pre-Clinical MRI Physicist will be able to handle animals perform procedures associated with animal experimentation. The MRI Physicist will work with the LFIC Director to make instrument acquisition decisions and manage capital/operational budgets, revenue stream, government/industry grants and contracts as the LFIC continues to grow to its full potential.

The Pre-Clinical MRI Physicist / Scientist will work closely with the LFIC Director to execute the LFIC vision and strategic direction of translational cancer research. The Pre-Clinical MRI Physicist / Scientist will partner with clinical affiliates to facilitate bidirectional translational cancer imaging science. The Pre-Clinical MRI Physicist / Scientist will work closely with other Centers and Departments at Dana-Farber that are engaged in research on small animal modeling in cancer and in experimental therapeutics. The MRI Physicist / Scientist will be expected to develop MRI physics research projects for presentation at national meetings and publication in peer-reviewed journals. The Pre-Clinical MRI Physicist / Scientist will build collaborations with principal investigators, other departments, and industrial partners to design imaging and experimental therapeutics studies, and will be responsible for the execution, analysis and generation of reports for studies.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute supports a robust Scientist career track with multiple opportunities for advancement, leadership, and recognition. The successful candidate will be appointed to a level within the Scientist career track commensurate with his or her accomplishments and abilities. Promotion on this track will be based on achievement of goals.


Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in physics, engineering, medical physics or biomedical imaging strongly preferred
  • Will consider Master’s degree with extensive relevant experience.

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in MR physics and pulse programming
  • Established track record of research publications, preferably in cancer research using MRI

Skills and Abilities Required

  • 3 years experience in MRI in a pre-clinical or research setting
  • Ability to operate a Bruker MRI scanner and analyze images independently
  • Ability to handle animals and perform procedures associated with animal experimentation
  • Documented programming skills and competency in C, C++, Matlab, IDL, Bruker pulse programming, or other languages
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with members of a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to establish independent research and secure external funding
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Full-time, M-F; hours may vary with project needs


Hours vary, 40 hrs per week, some weekends and overtime may be required. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - committed to diversity and inclusion in our workforce.

Employment Type


Supervisory Responsibilities

Not required

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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