Research Assistant Intern, Department of Chemistry, Competition #GEN-22-11, Thunder Bay, ON

Research Positions
Thunder Bay
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 4:30pm

Research Assistant Intern

Department of Chemistry

Thunder Bay, Ontario

Full-Time, Contract (12 months)

Anticipated Start Date: as soon as available


Competition #GEN-22-11


Job Description:


During the placement, the intern will be assisting research on our post-COVID-19 MRI imaging lung study. This position will focus on conducting research and the regulatory process underlying it.

1. Assist with ongoing experiments in Hyperpolarized (HP) 129Xe MRI imaging and research

coordination that are both clinical and pre-clinical in nature.

2. Initial calibration of quadrature flex lung coil using both thermally polarized and

hyperpolarized 129Xe phantoms to optimize the transmit power MRI settings.

3. Perform statistical data analysis including T-tests, Welch's tests, as well as correlation and

regression analyses.

4. Optimize repetition time, echo time, and k-space trajectories for post-COVID gas transfer

impairment detection with the highest possible sensitivity.

5. Perform image quality analysis (i.e. SNR calculations, CNR calculations, and image artifact


6. Perform histogram image analysis for post-COVID-related gas transfer impairment detection.

7. Assessment of ventilation heterogeneity via local HP 129Xe signal variance calculation.

8. Contribute to protocol writing, creation and maintenance and organization of study

documents, and coordination of experiments, for clinical trial and research studies.

9. Assist with preparing and maintaining the research project's regulatory and administrative

documents, contributing to the presentation/dissemination of research results, manuscript and

research application preparation, and outreach.


Candidate Criteria:


- Candidate must be a new entrant into the workforce, are transitioning to a new career, or be unemployed or underemployed who are entering a new field

- Candidate must have not previously participated in an NOHFC funded internship in the 2020 Mandate

- Candidate must be legally eligible to work in Canada

- Once hired, the candidate must reside in Thunder Bay


Interested applicants are invited to submit a single PDF document quoting competition #GEN-22-11 containing a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional

references by 4:30pm on October 11, 2022:


Lakehead University

Department of Chemistry

955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON. P7B 5E1





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We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.


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