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Imaging Technical Director

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois
Salary is commensurate with skills/experience with a previously determined min salary of $100,000
Closing date
8 Sep 2024

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Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

Imaging Technical Director - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute  

The Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory and the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology seek to fill a full-time Imaging Technical Director. The purpose of this position is to manage the development and demonstration of an integrated multi-modality intraoperative imaging system with a robotic arm-assisted hand-held probe for use in surgical oncology procedures. This project and system will integrate real-time label-free optical coherence tomography and nonlinear optical imaging technologies into a single platform, with AI-guided image analysis and rapid feedback for fully point-of-procedure imaging, diagnostics, and surgical decision making.  The Imaging Technical Director will work strategically with other optical imaging, AI, data integration, robotics, and human factors researchers, as well as multi-institutional clinical faculty in surgical oncology, pathology, and radiology to translate this novel imaging platform to clinical studies and trials, and eventually to commercialization. Experience in fast-paced, milestone-driven industry and start-up environments is preferred.


Job Summary

The Imaging Technical Director is responsible for the management and direction of the imaging system development team.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of a novel integrated real-time label-free multi-modal intraoperative imaging platform, including both hardware and software, for applications in surgical oncology of breast, lung, and hepatobiliary-pancreatic cancers.
  • Manage the development and direct the design of fiber-optic-based beam delivery systems for multimodal imaging with hand-held probes, rigid laparoscopes, and flexible endoscopes.
  • Oversee and collaborate with teams developing real-time AI algorithms, data infrastructure management, surgical robotics, and human factors.
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative validation using the platform system on pre-clinical animal models and human tissue specimens using established procedures and independent judgment to determine probable causes for low- and high-quality images.
  • Work collaboratively with clinical teams and leadership at multiple institutions to demonstrate the operation and performance of the system platform in human clinical studies and registered clinical trials.
  • Build relationships and work closely with start-up and corporate industry partners responsible for seeking FDA regulatory and reimbursement code approvals as the technology advances toward commercialization.
  • Direct established quality assurance procedures (quality control testing, instrument function checks and calibrations), maintain appropriate documentation, and report irregularities to the project team.
  • Assess accuracy and validity of obtained test results by applying knowledge of relevant scientific principles, recognize changes that are critical to research studies, and identify probable causes for irregular and atypical findings.
  • Maintain records and regularly report out tests, examinations, and final results for all record functions and inquiries related to the imaging system and for imaging human tissue specimens or human research participants.
  • Assist in instructing students, post-docs, and research scientists in the principles and advanced techniques of imaging science and technology.
  • Continue to develop professionally (e.g., attend and present at conferences, publish research results, keep up on latest advances in the field).

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD degree in engineering or the physical sciences
  • 5+ years of research experience in optical biomedical imaging or biophotonics, specifically in nonlinear optical imaging and/or optical coherence tomography

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience leading and managing project teams in fast-paced milestone-driven start-up or industry settings
  • Experience working with pre-clinical animal models, human tissue specimens, and human participants in a clinical setting
  • Experience working on and with interdisciplinary teams

Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position, appointed on a 12-month basis. Salary is commensurate with skills and experience with a previously determined minimum salary of $100,000. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close date. 

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (Central Time) on July 31, 2024 (extended). To apply, please create your candidate profile at the application link and upload your cover letter, CV, and names/contact information for three references as a single PDF file by July 31, 2024. Applications not submitted through the application link will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Thurman Etchison at For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.


The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1025026
Job Category: Administrative
Apply at: application link

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