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Postdoctoral Associate

Posted by: Baylor College of Medicine

Posted date: Oct-05-2018

Location: Houston, Texas

Human brainstem plays critical roles in health and disease. However, it has been vastly under-studied because of its physical inaccessibility in animal models, and its low contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in human studies. At conventional fMRI field strengths, CNR is an order-of-magnitude lower in brainstem than in cerebral cortex. Recently, ultra-high-field (UHF) scanners are becoming more-and-more available for fMRI.  UHF is particularly attractive for brainstem because it offers a tremendous boost in CNR over conventional field strengths. The work in this position involves a panoply of measurements, methods, and modeling to open up brainstem fMRI to more general use at UHF. Our work will be directed toward a particular brainstem nucleus called superior colliculus (SC). 

The successful candidate will perform experiments primarily using a 9.4T scanner located at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany. Three-to-four two-week trips to Germany are therefore a requirement of this position; a candidate's visa/citizenship status must permit such travel. A smaller number of experiments will utilize one of the two 3T MRI scanner in BCM’s Core for Advanced MRI.  Analysis will be performed using extensive computation facilities located at Baylor.


·         Ph.D. in physics, engineering, neuroscience, or similar discipline, and a strong background in scientific research.

·         2 years research using MRI

·         1 year of research in neuroscience 

·         Familiarity with MRI and fMRI neuroscience experiments, including experiment design, execution, analysis, and interpretation.

·         Strong communication skills


·         Understanding of MRI and fMRI physics issues associated with UHF

·         Background in the neuroscience associated with SC and other brainstem structures


To apply: https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=BCM&cws =42&rid=16946   


Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.

Job Title Postdoctoral Associate
Post Details
Email vaikhman(at)bcm.edu
Employer's Website www.bcm.edu
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Neuroscience
Job Classification Job Classification -> Postdoctoral Researcher
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Location Houston, Texas
Key Words Postdoc, fMRI, Neuroscience
Start Date As soon as possible