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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.

Required:

·         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

Preferred:

·         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
Category
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
Deadline