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Posted Job Title
Research Assistant

Job Profile Title
Temporary Employee - Non-Exempt

Job Description Summary
Project Overview: In this project we propose a fundamentally different approach for diagnostic x-ray imaging. In conventional x-ray imaging, image contrast is formed by attenuation based on the interpretation of x-rays as particles. If one interpreted x-rays as electromagnetic waves instead of particles, other wave-optical interactions would occur and result in diffraction, refraction, phase-shift, and small-angle scattering. In other words, detecting such wave-optical interactions could extend conventional x-ray imaging to become a multi-contrast modality that can provide a darkfield signal which reveals indirect structural information on the nanometer and micrometer length scale. X-ray scattering on gas-filled pulmonary alveolar structures generates a darkfield signal, which means that x-ray darkfield imaging enables a currently unavailable in-vivo assessment of lung alveoli. Healthy lung parenchyma generates a strong darkfield signal, and the darkfield signal decreases when the integrity of the alveoli is affected by various lung diseases The outcome of this project will be a speckle-based x-ray darkfield imaging solution that is a relatively simple upgrade to standard x-ray systems. By focusing on improving conventional x-ray systems, the results of this research will not require potentially expensive new imaging modalities.

Job Description

Project Overview: In this project we propose a fundamentally different approach for diagnostic x-ray imaging. In conventional x-ray imaging, image contrast is formed by attenuation based on the interpretation of x-rays as particles. If one interpreted x-rays as electromagnetic waves instead of particles, other wave-optical interactions would occur and result in diffraction, refraction, phase-shift, and small-angle scattering. In other words, detecting such wave-optical interactions could extend conventional x-ray imaging to become a multi-contrast modality that can provide a darkfield signal which reveals indirect structural information on the nanometer and micrometer length scale. X-ray scattering on gas-filled pulmonary alveolar structures generates a darkfield signal, which means that x-ray darkfield imaging enables a currently unavailable in-vivo assessment of lung alveoli. Healthy lung parenchyma generates a strong darkfield signal, and the darkfield signal decreases when the integrity of the alveoli is affected by various lung diseases The outcome of this project will be a speckle-based x-ray darkfield imaging solution that is a relatively simple upgrade to standard x-ray systems. By focusing on improving conventional x-ray systems, the results of this research will not require potentially expensive new imaging modalities.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$7.25 - $155.75

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check may be required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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