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