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Job Req ID:  59378

Research Assistant

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is seeking a Research Assistant who will primarily assist in the day-to-day logistical and operational tasks for various research studies in the Department, with a focus on projects at the intersection of automatic assisted diagnostic tools in radiology and machine learning. This role will interact with the investigators and collaborators in a research environment and will be designing, implementing and analyzing computational experiments, as well as writing and analyzing standard and non-standard reports. This person will also assist in carrying out investigations for different radiographs and x-ray CT imaging, and their relation to potential population bias, fairness of diagnostic systems, and other problems related to the application of artificial intelligence tools to this field.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a good working knowledge of all assigned protocols and reporting requirements.
  • Perform data collection and analysis under the supervision of Sr. researchers.
  • Implement software to carry out diagnostic tasks in radiology.
  • Design methodology to evaluate the specific learning problems and obtained machine learning models.
  • Implement experiments to validate different trained models.
  • Maintain paper and computerized research files.
  • Participate in weekly research group meetings with the PI as well as with related collaborators in this project.
  • Prepare mandatory reports and documents/protocols.
  • Present and communicate results and progress updates clearly.
  • Conduct literature searches to support the manager and the PI.


This description is a general statement of required duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis; the Research Assistant will perform other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline required.
  • Some related experience required. 
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.


* JHU Equivalency Formula30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. *


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in related discipline.
  • Experience in machine learning for radiology.


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Adequate knowledge in signal and image processing, computer vision and machine learning.
  • Familiarity and experience with programming, particularly for applied machine learning.
  • Familiarity with deep learning coding frameworks (pytorch, tensorflow, or similar).
  • Willingness to learn specialized software used in the research.


Classified Title: Research Assistant
Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.26 - $22.35/hr (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: ​​​​​​​Homewood Campus 

Department name: ​​​​​​​Department of Biomedical Engineering 
Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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