Research Assistant - Dept of Ortho and Rehab (Histo Analysis)

21003516 Requisition #

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation is seeking a Research Assistant to contribute to the success of the department by providing image analysis support for a variety of histology images generated by ongoing internally and extramurally funded research projects.


 Duties to include:



  • Effective Communication: Understands effective communication concepts, tools, and techniques; able to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.
    • Effective communication with coworkers to produce a functional schedule of tasks.
    • Able to resent results at internal research project meetings.
  • Project Management: Able to plan, organize, monitor, and control projects, ensuring efficient utilization of technical and administrative resources, to achieve project objectives.
    • Collect, track, and perform data entry.
    • Develop and monitor quality controls.
    • Effectively transfer data and specimens to project team members.


  • Collaborate with multiple faculty Principal Investigators to implement existing or develop robust image analysis tools for quantifying features from digitized histology sections.
  • Review literature and existing software repositories to identify potential software tools to perform specific research tasks.
  • Execute analysis routines in various software packages to support computational mechanical modeling of tissue experiments.
  • Organize and synthesize multiple, interrelated data sets into cohesive data sets for analysis.
  • Assist with digitization of prepared histological samples


University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®

Our mission is to inspire and educate world class health care providers and scientists for the people of Iowa and our global community. Researchers in the College's over 280 laboratories are served by state-of-the-art core research facilities and research support facilities. Much of the research conducted is interdisciplinary and collaborations are fostered and coordinated through major research centers, institutes, and programs. Many faculty members are internationally renowned for their research. Two faculty members are Howard Hughes Institute Investigators, 12 are members of the Institute of Medicine and two are members of the National Academy of Sciences.


Percent of Time: 100%


Benefits Highlights:

Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa

Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans

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Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or equivalent experience and education. Master’s degree in an engineering-related field preferred.
  • 1-2 years of experience working in a laboratory setting.
  • Attention to detail, ability to multi-task, organize priorities, and work independently to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in MS Office computer software applications.
  • Experience with software for image analysis at a sufficient level to be able to take project lead such as Matlab, Image J, ITK, ITK-Snap, Osirix, etc.
  • Knowledge of formal methodologies, tools, and techniques for conducting research, studies, and tests.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to locate, interpret and evaluate research findings compiled and documented by others.

Highly Desirable Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of orthopedics, and human anatomy.
  • Evidence of experience analyzing radiographic, fluoroscopic, or CT images.
  • Evidence of experience analyzing histological images
  • Experience with Programming software such as C, Java, or Python.
  • Tissue dissection/grossing experience.
  • Working knowledge of histology specimen processing.


Desirable Qualifications

  • Proficiency in medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of practices, behaviors, applicable laws, rules, and regulations governing proper research conduct; ability to demonstrate ethical and compliant behavior in diverse situations.


Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload resume or CV (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required, highly desired, and desired qualifications of this position. Cover letter encouraged, but not required.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the date the position closes.  

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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