BioImage Analysts profession Today!
NEUBIAS, the network of BioImage Analysts funded by COST until 2020, aims to promote the profession of Bioimage Analysts in the Life Science.
To this end, the network will devise best-practice guidelines for the career path of these experts, design surveys to scan for exisiting curricula of BioImage Analysts, and will aim to define a consensus Curriculum in Advanced BioImage Analysis and to create a Job offer repository.

If you are a BioImage Analyst or identify as an important part of your job to be involved in using/developing Image Analysis within Life science, please fill up this questionnaire and help us describing the state of the art of this new profession and identifying the bottlenecks.

For any question and further reflections/diiscussion, please write to Julia Fernandez-Rodriguez, head of WG7 in NEUBIAS.

1. Country *
2. City
3. Type of Institution *
4. Where you work: *
5. Are you 100% BioImage Analyst or do you do another activity (if another: please add which and the % of your time dedicated to it)? *
6. What is the title of your current position (what did it say on the job opening)? *
6.bis If different, how would you define the "exact title" of your position to capture what you actually do?
7. For how many years have you been working in this position (or similar)? *
8. What share (%) of your work time do you dedicate to the following activities? (approx: the sum of all options doesn't need to be 100%) *
User support: Image Analysis tutoring (one on one) or scientific meeting with Life Scientists (e.g. consulting, project definition etc…)
Scientific Programming for bioimage analysis
Formal teaching (including preparing lectures)
Scientific projects with bioimage analysis (visualization, measurements and writing papers)
Work meeting with colleagues (e.g. lab meeting)
Learning & networking (self-learning, courses, talks, conferences…)
Reviewing scientific articles
Supporting scientists with the use of scientific instruments (hardware: image acquisition)
Maintenance of image analysis software , maintenance and creation of IT infrastructure
other (which? fill with any number here and answer the next question)
8bis. If you answered "Other" in the previous question, please add one entry here
9. Rate these fields of study from 0 (not fit) to 3 (very fit) to your academic background *
Electrical Engineering
Other Engineering (e.g. Mechanics, Physics, Biomedical, etc.)
Computer Science &/or Information Technology
Life Science (e.g. Biology, Medicine, Pharmacy etc.)
other (which? fill with any number here and answer the next question)
9bis.If you answered "Other" in the previous question, please add one entry here
10. Could you briefly describe the career-path followed for you to become BioImaging Analyst? e.g. PhD in biology, 3 year postdoc in biochemistry, 3 year high-school teacher, 2 years travelling the world, staff scientist since then *
11. Could you identify the specific academic curricula for BioImaging Analysts available in your country? If so, please write down the exact name of this program (e.g. MSc in BioImaging). *
12. What appears most difficult to you (0: easy, 3: very difficult) *
Helping Life Scientists defining sharp questions BioImaging Analysis could address
Knowing when to apply automation, and at which level
Knowing when/how to improve images (imaging modality, label, etc.)
Finding good BioImaging Analysis tools to tackle a specific problem
Understanding and Using the newest BioImaging Analysis tools becoming available
Compiling/using Image Analysis published code
Gluing existing code/libraries
Programming your own software
Building well usable software
Making sure tools are used properly
Learning more advanced Image Analysis techniques
Making sure scientists report rigorously in papers (e.g. in Material & Methods) on the BioImaging Analysis tools they have used (in general or as a consequence of interacting with you)
To decide whether to ask for being in the author list or not. With many cases, it becomes ambiguous to draw a line between service and scientific contribution.
Predicting how long a project will take
Other (which? Add only one entry or leave blank)
12bis. If you answered "Other" in the previous question, please add one entry here
13. Please rate the following aspects of your profession from 0 (fine) to 3 (very problematic)? *
Future career path
job definition
position stability
output with Life Scientists (e.g. joint publication)
scientific collaboration with algorithm developers
connection to Bioimage Analyst community
Collaboration with R&D labs in Image Processing&Analysis
Time Available to provide support or to collaborate
other (which? fill with any number here and answer the next question))
13bis. If you answered "Other" in the previous question, please one entry here
14. When interacting with Life Scientists, e.g. users of a facility or others type of collaborators who generate data and/or have a need/question: To perform analysis on their data, what do you often do? Rate the priority of these steps during the process (0: Seldom, 3: Very often) *
Agree on the terms of collaboration before starting to work on their data
Assessing the quality of their images (if they come with images already)
Teach them Image Analysis Basics (theory)
Ask them to read the scientific papers underlying the tools and algorithms you are planning to make them use.
Ask them to acquire new data if they have performed experiments already and the data is not suitable.
Decline to collaborate if they provide unsuitable data and they cannot repeat the experiment.
Put them in contact with another expert (e.g. developer) if you cannot provide the tools they need.
Do the analysis yourself on their data because you think it will be the fastest way
Teach them how to perform the analysis themselves (using existing tools)
Implement/develop/adapt a tool they can use on their own and that does what they want
Check the quality of the results after they have performed the analysis
Motivate those scientists with Image Analysis needs to go to courses or conferences on Image Analysis
other (which? fill with any number here and answer the next question)
14bis. If you answered "Other" in the previous question, please one entry here
15. What do you think is missing in Europe in terms of postgraduate education, knowledge resource, exchange network, etc. for a BioImaging Analyst? *
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