Freitag, 6. Februar 2009

two-year postdoctoral research position, Jülich

A two-year postdoctoral research position with a possibility of extension and a few PhD positions are available at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine - Medical Imaging Physics, Forschungszentrum Jülich.

These positions will be coupled to an exciting new project related to a construction of 9.4T whole-body MR-PET scanner. This scanner, which is unique worldwide, will be capable of the simultaneous acquisition of MRI and PET data sets in humans at 9.4T. Additionally, the Institute houses state-of-the-art 1.5T, 3T, 4T whole-body MR scanners and a 3T MR-PET scanner. These facilities are complemented by a home-built 9.4T animal scanner also based on the Siemens software and hardware platform.

Currently, the following research areas are being actively pursued in the group:
· Diffusion Tensor Imaging.
· Development of new MRI sequences designed for brain imaging and neuroscientific applications targeting structural and functional MRI, e.g. ultra-fast MRI techniques, DTI, and contrast-enhanced, high-resolution imaging.
· Development of new in vivo methods for quantitative MRI including image processing of quantitative data.
· Development of new imaging methods for the in vivo quantification of other MR-active nuclei such as 23Na and 17O in the brain.
· Development of RF coils and coil arrays for high field MRI as well as multimodal MR-PET imaging.

The successful candidates will focus primarily on the development of MRI techniques and analysis tools for monitoring diffusion, functional activity and connectivity in the brain. They will investigate the potentials of the advanced methods in applications to neurodegenerative processes in brain tissues and study the biophysical mechanisms underlying the visualization contrast. They will contribute to the collaborative interdisciplinary projects involving physicists, neuroscientists, mathematicians, software designers, and others.

Ideally, the applicants for the postdoctoral position should have a PhD and a maximum of 5 years postdoctoral experience in NMR / MRI methods and applications. In depth experience in an environment using MRI / functional magnetic resonance imaging in human studies is desirable. Experience of object-oriented software design (C++), multivariate image analysis, digital signal processing, and algorithms of computer simulations would be extremely advantageous. Cooperative teamwork as well as a structured approach to problem solving are essential requirements.

The successful PhD candidates will be jointly supervised by Farida Grinberg and Jon Shah. They should be familiar with the basics of NMR / MRI techniques and have good computer skills. By the time of entrance, they should have finished a graduate education in either physics, biophysics or in other relevant disciplines.

Please send your application, CV and letters of recommendation to:

Dr. F. Grinberg (
Dr. Farida Grinberg
Medical Imaging Physics
Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine
Research Centre Juelich
52425 Juelich