Montag, 14. März 2011

Postdoctoral Fellow

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Associate position at the Center for Biomedical Imaging of the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, in the area of Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy.

Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance (MR) is a revolutionary and promising technique with a proven potential in biomedicine. Based on Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP), a low-temperature technique used to increase the nuclear spin order, hyperpolarization leads to an improvement in signal-to-noise ratio on the order of 10’000 times. It allows for the detection of tiny amounts of biological substances in vivo and to follow the metabolic pathways of chosen molecules.

Unique hyperpolarizers have been developed within the Swiss DNP Initiative regrouping several departments of the EPFL and the Paul Scherrer Institute. The Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM) provides access to two high-field animal MRI systems, one working at 9.4T and the other at 14.1T. One 5T hyperpolarizer is coupled to the 9.4T scanner and another is about to be installed and coupled to the 14.1T scanner.

The selected candidate will be involved in the development of new technologies and protocols to perform in vivo cardiac and brain DNP-enhanced experiments. Emphasis will be put on the use of novel hyperpolarized substrates for metabolic and molecular imaging. Applications in the field of cardiology and oncology will be tested on rodents.

We are seeking for a candidate with a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Biomedical engineering or related field. The candidate is expected to have a strong background in MR physics from his or her Ph.D. Experience with Varian sequence programming is desirable but is not required. The selected candidate will be part of a team composed of several PhD students and experienced researchers involved in the physical, chemical, biological and biomedical aspects of hyperpolarized MR.

The position is open immediately and for up to 4 years. For consideration, please submit your application including a cover letter, a full CV, and the names and email addresses of three references to

Arnaud Comment
Laboratory for functional and metabolic imaging (LIFMET)

mailing address:

EPFL, Station 6
CH-1015 Lausanne

Phone +41 21 693 7982
Fax +41 21 693 7960