Core Laboratory Coordinator/Image Analyst
Providence Health Care Research Institute
The Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT) Core Laboratory at St. Paul’s Hospital provides standardized image analysis for clinical multicenter trials involving structural heart diseases. A wide spectrum of trials is supported, ranging from first-in-man and early feasibility studies for investigational medical devices (transcatheter heart valves) to large post-marketing studies. Close collaboration with device manufacturers as well as post-processing software developers allows us to develop, refine and apply cutting edge image segmentation strategies for image analysis and procedural planning using cardiac CT data sets. The wide range of trial involvement allows us direct access to clinical trial data for sub-analyses, having yielded high academic output over the last few years. In addition, ‘on-site’ research projects are performed involving CT image data acquired at St. Paul’s Hospital.
The incumbent will support image analysis, data entry and supporting standard operating procedures (SOPS). The successful candidate will assist with CT Core Laboratory’s day-to-day operations in consultation with the Director/Co-Director and in collaboration with other Core Laboratory Coordinator in image analysis, planning and protocol development for multicenter trials. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage in research projects and help facilitate clinical fellows in regard to conduction of on-site research projects involving CT segmentation and analysis.
The laboratory is managed by two radiologists who hold academic appointments at the University of British Columbia. Support personnel are comprised of two research coordinators. There is a varying number of research fellows supporting ongoing research projects. The successful applicant will report to the Director/Co-Director.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
· The successful candidate serves as an integral part of the research team and provides general expertise and technical leadership.
· Performs and supports CT image segmentation and analysis for clinical multicenter trials in a high quality, scientific, and reproducible manner.
· Implements and documents technical QC/QA procedures including the overreading of measurements and the reproducibility of analysis.
· Assists with the creation, testing, and validation of study specific databases and analysis software.
· Communicates analysis data to trial sponsors and performs data entry into electronic data capturing systems.
· Maintains appropriate document control standards per SOPs.
· Provides other technical imaging research support as per the Lab Directors as it relates to the overall research scope of the lab/Department, in particular supports the operation of image post-processing to assist the academic team including research fellows, clinical fellows, residents, graduate and undergraduate students.
Initial training in image analysis will be provided by Lab Directors. After training phase, the successful candidate will perform image analysis with subsequent overread by Lab Directors. Outside of image analysis, the successful candidate will work creatively, making independent decisions, and will discuss design progress, results, changes, and suggestions with project supervisors. Work is reviewed against objectives jointly established with the Lab Director/Co-Director. The incumbent has wide latitude in task scheduling and decision making.
The successful applicant should hold a Bachelor Degree (or greater) related to Health Sciences, or hold a Diploma Certificate in Medical Radiography or Echocardiography. Expertise in cardiac physiology, cardiac anatomy, structural heart disease and non-invasive cardiac imaging (echocardiography and computed tomography) would be ideal. Further the applicant should demonstrate ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Strong computer and database statistical skills are required. Applicant must be able to multitask and assign priorities in a busy, challenging environment and possess excellent time management/organizational skills. The successful candidate should be a highly motivated, energetic and collegial individual who likes to work in an interdisciplinary research team environment.
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