Magnetic Resonance Research Safety Officer
Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) is seeking a highly skilled individual to support the Director of Magnetic Resonance Research. The Magnetic Resonance Research Safety Officer position is critical for assuring the safety and success of research using MRI systems in a laboratory environment.
Developing, documenting, and introducing, in conjunction with and under the authority of the Director or MR Research, safe working procedures for the MR environment, including the provision of MR safety education and training. 25%
Working with Investigators to provide safety input on the development and modification of MR protocols (in consultation with the Director of MR Research, if/as needed) for submission to the Institutional Review Board and any local safety committee. This includes performing MRI RF safety assessment with numerical and experimental methods and EM simulation for human subject RF safety. 20%
Ensuring that all Investigators who are responsible for personnel who will be involved with the MR system are informed of the formal procedures for training and authorization and ensuring that staff groups and students who may be exposed to the MR environment are educated appropriately on a regular basis as to the safety requirements and updated as necessary. 15%
Ensuring that adequate written safety procedures, work instructions, emergency procedures and operating instructions are issued to all concerned after full consultation with the Director of MR Research and ensuring that proper policies and procedures for day-to-day MR safety are enforced. This includes ensuring that there is a clear policy for the purchasing, testing, and marking of all equipment that will be taken into the MR-related critical areas. 15%
To be readily accessible and available (e.g., to the operators of the MR system) at all times that the MR facility is accessible. 5%
Consulting the Director of MR Research when further advice is required regarding MR safety and reporting back to the Director of MR Research in a timely fashion any and all MR safety-related issues. 5%
Providing safety advice regarding the selection, procurement, and installation of MR-related equipment (in consultation with the Director of MR Research, if/as needed). 5%
Maintaining regular contact with other relevant groups or committees responsible for the safety and welfare of personnel on site. 5%
Performs other tasks, duties, and responsibilities as required. 5%
Bachelor's Degree required. Advanced degree desirable. Minimum 5-7 years related experience.
Because our scientific experiments often require new methods and technologies which depart from "industry standard" protocols and rely on IRB and IACUC oversight, the qualified candidate must meet or exceed the following qualifications.
- Ph.D. physics or engineering field with formal training and research project background in simulation and measurement of electrodynamic and thermodynamic propagation and losses in biological systems including the human body.
- Deep theoretical and practical understanding of # 1 above, as evidenced by peer reviewed publications, presentations, patents, and grants.
- At least five years of supporting MRI based human and animal research by providing electrodynamics and thermal simulations and measurements for IRB, IACUC, government and foundation grant applications, and for abstracts, manuscripts, patent applications and presentations.
- Strong knowledge of and experience with different commercial EM and Thermal simulations packages including CST, Remcom, Sim4Life, HFSS, Matlab and other similar software using FDTD, FEM, MOM and other numerical methods.
- Critical experience with quickly assessing contraindicative devices and conditions and triaging human subjects from any MRI studies.
- Record and references demonstrating ability to work with investigators to facilitate their planning, using and data evaluation from MRI studies.
- Willingness to promptly apply to and complete all internal and external certification and licensing required to serve as MR Research Safety Officer for Columbia University.
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