Vanderbilt University Staff Engineer I (Medical Image Informatics/C/C /Scripting) in Nashville, Tennessee

Staff Engineer I (Medical Image Informatics/C/C /Scripting) (Job Number: 1800255)


About the Position:

Vanderbilt is seeking individuals interested in working on the development of algorithms and systems for the processing and analysis of medical images and in the integration of these systems into the clinical workflow. These persons will implement and document defined research products; be involved in single or multi-project, multi-task programming and/or engineering in support of department's projects with direction from faculty and research staff.

About the Department:

Electrical engineering has been primarily responsible for the information technology revolution that society is experiencing. The development of large-scale integrated circuits has led to the development of computers and networks of ever-increasing capabilities. Computers greatly influence the methods used by engineers for designing and problem solving. Computer science blends scientific and engineering principles, theoretical analysis, and actual computing experience to provide students with a solid foundation in the discipline. Degree program emphasis is on computing activities of both practical and intellectual interest and on theoretical studies of efficient algorithms and the limits of computation. Specific strengths of this department include cyber-physical systems, cybersecurity, radiation effects on electronics and artificial intelligence.

About Vanderbilt University:

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review at among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” - as well as #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Duties, Responsibilities, and Expected Outcome s:

Engineering and/or programming design, implementation, analysis, maintenance or experimentation, as directed by team leader

  • Assist in the development, implementation, and testing of medical image processing algorithms for surgical guidance

  • Integrate these algorithms into fully automatic pipelines and integrate these in the clinical workflow

  • Develop cloud-based solutions and databases to permit inter-institution collaborative efforts on a very large scale

  • Adhere to existing and develop/recommend new technical standards

  • Maintain familiarity and build expertise with emerging technologies and techniques related to project and research goals.

Technical documentation and reporting

  • Provide team leader with accurate documentation of all systems within project research area of direct involvement or responsibility.

  • Provide team leader with data to assist in evaluation of project research direction and provide input on solutions as necessary.

Effective delivery of technical progress/presentations in written and oral forms to department research staff and faculty

  • Communicate regularly, effectively and professionally with research team, team leader and faculty regarding large scale study using the above mentioned platform (medical imaging).

  • Share research knowledge, product and research processes with team.


  • Candidates must have a Master’s degree and 2-3 years of relevant experience

  • Prefer candidates who have a PhD and 5+ years of experience

  • Candidates should have good communication and interpersonal skills

  • Programming experience with C/C++ is required.

  • Background in image processing and experience with VTK, ITK, databases, and scripting languages is desired.

  • An MS in EE, CS or related field with experience in the aforementioned areas is required.

Benefits: In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at

This position requires a Master's degree and 2-3 years of relevant experience.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 15240 - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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