Job Description

Job Title: MRI Research Technologist
Job ID: 766680
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Hours may vary, includes Saturdays
Shift: Day Job
Department: POP21 Research Staff
Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Perform MR procedures at a technical level not requiring constant supervision under general direction of the supervisor. Perform a variety of technical procedures that require independent judgment, ingenuity and initiative in the operation of MR equipment necessary for securing imaging of various portions of the body for use in the diagnosis of disease or injury.

This is a grant funded position.

  • COMMUNICATION:   Establish and maintain an atmosphere of caring and support for patients, visitors, medical staff and co-workers. Manage difficult or emotional customer situations and respond promptly to customer needs. Communicate effectively and concisely with all members of the healthcare team, verbally and in writing. Exhibit good listening skills.
  • DECISION MAKING AND SELF DEVELOPMENT:  Exhibits sound and accurate judgment. Makes decisions based on situational assessment. Undertake self-development activities. Participate in Research Presentations.
  • MANAGE WORKLOAD AND INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS:  Demonstrate flexibility. Prioritize and organize multiple duties in a constantly changing environment. Accept and support change. Available for duty according to department guidelines for unscheduled absences, punctuality and manpower requirements. Successfully manage competency demands. Develop Team Dynamics and teamwork. Exhibits objectivity and openness to other views, accept criticism and feedback. Contribute to building a positive team spirit by assisting co-workers and offering assistance on an ongoing basis. Put success of team above own interests. Demonstrate interpersonal skills. Exhibit tact, consideration, and tolerance for interpersonal differences. Display positive outlook and pleasant demeanor. Cooperate with other members of the healthcare team.
  • PATIENT INTERACTION AND RECORD-KEEPING:  Receive patients and verify identification and written orders for requested and approved procedures. Explain procedures and answer patients' questions and concerns before performing the procedure. Position patients, choose appropriate factors and follow established protocols required to produce high quality MR scans. Complete requisition and charge vouchers according to department procedures.
  • PERFORM MR EXAMS:  Film MR exams as described in the protocol guidelines. Adjust to fluctuations in workload. Maintain working knowledge of all scan equipment e.g. coils, upgrade, etc. Perform non-technical duties as required. Perform image post processing, networking and archiving as needed. Perform patient assessments as needed. Perform venipuncture and administer MR contrast as ordered by the radiologists. Maintain working knowledge of scanning equipment and perform minor calibrations on the equipment and/or report the need for major services or repairs to proper personnel. Operate and maintain monitoring equipment.
  • QUALITY AND PROCESS IMPROVEMENT:  Participate in the Patient Safety Program and the quality improvement program of the department and hospital activities. Look continually for opportunities to improve processes and systems. Perform job functions thoroughly and accurately. Display commitment to service improvement. Patient safety is addressed through marking sides on films, marking side site, and proper identification of patients. Seek increased responsibilities.


  • The MR Technologist must have satisfactorily completed formal training in a radiology related program, i.e. Radiology or Nuclear Medicine with accreditation by the ARRT or NMTCB. 
  • Require 18 months of radiology and/or Nuclear Medicine experience. 
  • Prefer Formal MR training is highly recommended and MR experience.
  • Research experience preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • American Registered Radiologic Technologists
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $24.03 to $40.28 / hour

Union Position: No

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