Research Associate - Department of Medicine

Title: Research Associate

Department: Medicine/Cardiovascular Medicine

Supervisor Name and Title: Hiram Bezerra, M.D.


The Research Associate is responsible for research work related to the pathogenesis of Cardiovascular Disease and principals of Cardiovascular Imaging. The research work will be conducted with minimal supervision in medical/clinical and related technical areas, which involves the use of an x-ray operation room and equipment. This individual will conduct 4-years NIH-funded research project related to intravascular imaging-assisted coronary interventions, gaining the intravascular imaging dataset for further computational analysis applying artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. The Research Associate will handle in vivo imaging data and perform ex vivo experiments and cardiovascular interventional procedures involving human tissues. The research work requires close collaborations with multidisciplinary teams. Specific scientific responsibilities include:

  1. Coordinate and implement NIH-funded research project related to Intravascular Imaging-assisted coronary interventions (25%)
  2. Conduct work in cardiac imaging interpretation and qualitative assessment projects involving Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS), Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), Coronary Physiologic Assessment (Fractional Flow Reserve and its derivations), Computed Tomography (CT), and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). (25%)
  3. Perform OCT-imaged coronary interventions in ex vivo models according to the developed project protocols (25%)
  4. Support and be involved with educational activities/materials (lectures, workshops, slide preparations, poster presentations and abstracts), and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals. (10%)
  5. Take leadership role with other research associates, fellows and scholars related to trials, projects and clinical protocols. (10%)
  6. Perform inventory management and communicate with vendors regarding purchases of equipment and supplies for ex vivo experiments.  (5%)


  1. Strong leadership and organizational skills
  2. Strong analytical, oral and written communication skills
  3. Experience working on x-ray angiography system
  4. Knowledge of radiologic standards, requirements and regulations
  5. Knowledge of radiologic x-ray safety, cleanliness and infection control policies and regulation
  6. Experience with coronary intervention procedures, equipment uses and maintenance
  7. Experience with performing intravascular imaging, particularly OCT
  8. Experience with intravascular image analysis using dedicated software
  9. Computer based operations, various Microsoft applications
  10. Research performing experience minimum of 2 or more years



Supervise laboratory technicians/assistants and graduate student trainees in experimental design and data analysis of a variety of projects.


PhD in research related field and/or Physician (MD) or terminal doctorate degree with post-doctoral research experience

Send inquiries containing a cover letter, CV with list of publications and contact information for three references to All applications should be submitted to both email addresses.

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