Montag, 8. August 2011

Ph.D. Position

Ph.D. Position
Myelin Water Imaging
Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-4)
Research Centre Juelich, Juelich, Germany

This position is primarily aimed at the development and application of myelin water mapping in the human brain in vivo using different relaxometric modalities.
The Research Centre Juelich ( is one of Europe's largest interdisciplinary research centres with 4,600 employes, 7 research institutes with 46 divisions. The Institute of Medicine and Neuroscience INM-4 (Medical Imaging Physics offers a highly interdisciplinary environment with physicists, engineers and neuroscientists working on a better understanding of the brain with the help of advanced brain imaging methods and state of the art technology. Among others, a unique 9.4T combined MR-PET scanner offers unprecedented research opportunities.
We are interested in an individual with a solid physics background documented by outstanding academic performance and advanced computer programming skills. The work will involve developing protocols suited for myelin water fraction and absolute water content imaging in vivo at different field strengths; comparing the water pools revealed by the different relaxometric modalities; implementation of new imaging methods; advanced data processing techniques; comparison with other MR modalities, e.g. diffusion. The available instrumentation includes several human scanners, such as a 3T Siemens Trio and a combined 3T MR-PET Siemens scanner, 4T Bruker/Siemens system, 9.4T MR-PET Siemens system as well as a 9.4T home-built animal scanner based on Siemens and Varian consoles. There are also extensive facilities for all aspects of MRI hardware development and data analysis.

Interested persons should email a Curriculum Vitae including name, address and email address of at least one reference to:

Dr. Ana-Maria Oros-Peusquens
Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-4)
Research Centre Juelich
Leo-Brandt-Str, 52428 Juelich
tel.: +49-2461 61 2107
fax: +49-2461 61 2820