Reconstruction Scientist (PET)

Vernon Hills (Chicago), IL

Canon Medical Research USA, Inc. (CMRU) is a multi-modality R&D organization creating next-generation medical imaging systems. It is equipped with cutting-edge instrumentation, prototyping, hardware labs and scientific computing facilities in order to perform research targeted to pre-clinical and clinical CT, PET, MRI, and X-ray systems. For those who like to develop new technologies and research new ways of using them, Canon is a rewarding place to work, due to its focus on innovation as the lifeblood of new products.

CMRU is committed to recognizing and appreciating the variety of characteristics that make individuals unique in an atmosphere that promotes work/life balance and celebrates individual and collective achievement. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, education, research and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of our organization and the scientific and engineering community at large.

CMRU offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation and benefits. We are an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

SUMMARY OF POSITION

CMRU has an immediate opening for an Image Reconstruction Scientist within the PET Image Reconstruction & Physics Group. We work on current and next generation PET image reconstruction algorithms, physical corrections, image quality assessment and machine learning approaches in support of Canon’s TOF-PET product line. Both experienced and entry-level positions are available, depending on the applicant’s qualifications.

Candidates are expected to have a background in image reconstruction, with preference for experience in PET, SPECT or CT and will work on the latest image reconstruction algorithms to improve the quantitation of detection performances of the resulting images. The new hire will run accurate physics simulation software to generate realistic data for use in evaluations and will also work on the physical correction steps in the image reconstruction chain to further improve image quality. Experience in performing real phantom scans and having applied neural network-based techniques to image reconstruction would be pluses.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Development of new image reconstruction algorithms as well as the management and improvement of existing image reconstruction algorithms
  • Generation of datasets both via realistic simulations as well as phantom scans
  • Solid understanding of the workings of physical corrections in the image reconstruction chain such as attenuation, scatter, randoms and deadtime corrections and a willingness to improve them
  • Initiative to determine meaningful projects and areas to work on followed by improvements of CMRU’s capabilities in those areas
  • Effective communication of the results to other group members, PET members within CMRU and broader CMSC
  • Presentation of the work and CMRU’s accomplishments at conferences and publication of the work at journal and conference proceedings

QUALIFICATIONS

Education

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Physics or related field

Experience

  • At minimum, related Ph.D. or post-doc work with image reconstruction experience is necessary. Direct experience with PET scanner and/or algorithm development is a plus. For entry level candidates, industry experience is not required. For senior candidates at least 4-6 years of post-Ph.D. experience, preferably in a product development environment, is required.

Key Competencies

  • Expertise in image reconstruction algorithms
  • Expertise in data corrections as part of image generation chain
  • Familiarity with common programming languages and phantom experiments
  • Strong oral and written communicator and collaborator
  • Ability to put together journal/conference articles and give good conference presentations
  • Team player who prioritizes project success
  • Ability to deal with deadlines for projects, conferences and code releases
  • Ability to define problems, collect & analyze relevant data and draw valid conclusions
  • Strong work ethic
  • Flexibility to deal with changing project goals and timelines

Travel

  • Ability to complete domestic and international travel is expected up to 10% of the time.
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