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Clinical MRI Physicist - Asst. Assoc. or Full Professor (CHS Track)

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 18, 2024

ANNUAL (12 months)

Job Summary:

The Department of Radiology is seeking a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Physicist. This physicist will join the other MRI Physicists in the Department of Radiology, and duties will include clinical service and research responsibilities.


50% Clinical MRI Physics Responsibilities:

1. Monitor and provide technical support for MRI imaging, with an emphasis on functional MR (fMR) imaging, of patients that require physics monitoring including and ensuring that novel and off-label fMR imaging methods are performed according to institutional policies and guidelines.
2. Assist in establishing institutional polices and guidelines regarding the safe and effective use of MR imaging equipment, including fMRI equipment and ancillary equipment necessary to effectively perform routine and novel clinical applications of fMRI.
3. Assist in customizing fMRI imaging hardware and/ or software (including off-label use), while ensuring conformity with regulatory constraints and instructional policies and guidelines.
4. Trouble-shoot clinical fMRI issues on the imaging equipment such as identifying and ameliorating image artifacts and other problems affecting clinical image quality and coordinate with MR and fMR imaging equipment vendors to ensure that the equipment used to perform clinical and research fMRI exams is properly and routinely serviced and maintained.
5. Contribute technical input to inform decisions regarding purchasing new MR and fMR imaging equipment, perform required acceptance testing of new MRI and fMR imaging equipment, and conduct ongoing Quality Assurance/ Quality Control (QA/ QC) of existing MR and fMR imaging equipment, including activities required for maintaining accreditation. Direct clinical staff in the performance of routine QA/ QC procedures.
6. Assist in developing clinical fMR imaging protocols.
7. Address other issues, as directed by the Director of Clinical MR Physics or the Chief of the Imaging Sciences Section.

40% Research MRI Physics Responsibilities:

1. Serve as an institutional subject matter expert regarding specialized principles of MRI.
2. Support the research activities of other fMRI investigators throughout the department.
3. Develop and maintain tools and infrastructure to facilitate departmental and core fMRI research initiatives.
4. Write, or assist in writing, grant applications to secure funding to support independent fMRI research projects.
5. Conduct innovative fMRI research in collaboration with other UW faculty and scientists in the Department of Radiology, investigated in departments and schools across campus, and industrial partners.
6. Attend scientific conferences and meetings to present scientific research results, moderate sessions, and participate on committees and in working groups.
7. Write and submit manuscripts to professional journals describing results of research projects.
8. Monitor and conduct research with graduate students, post-docs, and scientists.

10% Teaching

1. Educate and train clinical and research faculty, staff, and trainees the basic physical and technical principles of fMRI, including participating in educating faculty, fellows, resident, technologists, nurses and other staff.
2. Provide educational fMRI lectures at international meetings and other venues external to UW.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

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PhD in Neuroscience, Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, or a closely related field.


- Minimum of 10 years post-graduate research experience in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is required
- Extensive experience with the FDA-cleared suite of clinical tools used for brain mapping.
- Extensive experience in supporting clinical and research applications of functional MRI (fMRI) is required
- Successful NIH grant funding as a Principle Investigator (PRO) or Co-PI is highly desirable
- Excellent communication skills are required for interacting with a variety of MRI and fMRI users including technologists, radiologists, fellows, and researchers.

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 50% - 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

SEPTEMBER 01, 2024

Additional Information:

The UW Department of Radiology provides excellence in patient care in an environment that is respectful of others, adaptive to change, accountable for outcomes, and attentive to the needs of underserved populations. We are dedicated to sharing our clinical expertise through regional outreach to the people of Wisconsin and their healthcare providers. We provide an environment for education of our trainees, staff, and healthcare professionals through scholarly conferences and continuing education programs. We improve human health by developing innovative imaging technology through basic and translational research in collaboration with colleagues at UW-Madison and beyond. We support the Wisconsin Idea to improve peoples lives beyond our walls by collaborating with industry to translate new technology into daily clinical practice. We support the economic development of Wisconsin and the financial wellbeing of UW Health. We recruit and develop dedicated faculty and health professionals who inspire their co-workers and students towards lifelong learning, research discovery, service to their community and clinical excellence.

The Community: Located on an isthmus between two lakes, Madison is the capital city of the state of Wisconsin. Madison has been voted the #1 Best Place to Live (Livability, 2021 and 2022), #1 City for Most Successful Women Per Capita (Forbes, 2019), #1 City for Best Work-Life Balance (SmartAsset, 2020), #7 Best City for STEM Professionals (CEO World, 2020), #2 Best State to Practice Medicine (WalletHub, 2020), #2 Best City for Biking (People for Bikes, 2020), #4 Fittest City in the U.S. (ACSM American Fitness Index, 2020), #4 Greenest City in the US (Zippia, 2020), #1 Best Place to Retire (Money, 2020), #1 Best Place in the U.S. for Raising Children ( 2020), and #1 Best College Football Town in America (Sports Illustrated, 2019).

Madison's technology economy is growing rapidly, and the region is home to the headquarters of Epic Systems, Exact Sciences, American Girl (Mattel), Sub-Zero, and Lands End, as well as many biotech, healthcare IT, and health systems startups.

Madison is the second largest city in the state, with a city population of approximately 260,000 and regional population of over 1 million. The city is within easy driving range of Chicago and Milwaukee. Madison is home to one of the strongest local food scenes in the country. From April to October, the Capitol Square hosts the largest producer-only farmers market in the country. The city is rich with cultural offerings in the arts.

The city has a dedicated athletics fan base which largely centers around the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madison is home to Forward Madison FC, the first professional soccer team in the city, as well as the Madison Mallards, a college wood-bat summer baseball league team. Marquee endurance sports and specialty sporting events include Ironman, Reebok CrossFit Games, Madison Marathon, and many national and international championship competitions.

How to Apply:

The deadline for assuring full consideration is July 20, 2024, however this position will remain open and applications may be considered until this position is filled. Your application must be received through the Jobs at UW Portal to be considered as a candidate. Applications submitted outside of this system will not be considered. To apply for this position, please click the "" button and use the online UW Jobs Application system to submit the following:

- Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Cover Letter briefly describing your qualifications and experience
- References. Please provide a list of three (3) professional references, including your current/ most recent supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notice

The department will not be able to support a request for a J-1 waiver. If you choose to pursue a waiver and apply for a position, neither the UW nor UWMF will reimburse you for your legal or waiver fees.


Becky Maedke
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Professor (CHS)(IC014) or Associate Professor (CHS)(IC015) or Assistant Professor (CHS)(IC016)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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