Research Environment: Center for Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR), funded as a Biotechnology Research Center (BTRC) by the National Institutes of Health. The distinctive feature of this center is the emphasis on ultrahigh magnetic fields (7 Tesla and above). This emphasis is based on the premise that there exists significant advantages to extracting biomedical information using ultrahigh magnetic fields, provided difficulties encountered by working at high frequencies corresponding to such high field strengths can be overcome by methodological and engineering solutions.
CMRR is home to some of the most advanced MR instrumentation in the world, complemented by human resources that provide unique expertise in imaging physics, engineering, and signal processing. No single group of scientists can successfully carry out all aspects of this type of interdisciplinary biomedical research; by bringing together these multi-disciplinary capabilities in a synergistic fashion, facilitating these interdisciplinary interactions, and providing adequate and centralized support for them under a central umbrella, CMRR amplifies the contributions of each of these groups of scientists to basic and clinical biomedical research.
The Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) has pioneered many of the MR methods that are critical in contemporary biomedical research including (but not limited to) the introduction of UHF instrumentation and accompanying techniques that overcome its challenges, accelerated MR imaging approaches, and many of the methods used to obtain biochemical information in vivo using spectroscopy and multinuclear capabilities. To continue the tradition of innovation, the long term goal of the CMRR center is to establish a national resource for enabling ultrahigh field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies to advance biomedical research and facilitate clinical translation.
Postdoctoral Position Description
An immediate postdoctoral associate position is open for an experienced UHF researcher with a primary focus on the development and implementation of parallel transmit methods. This focus will be extended to include the development, testing and optimization of pTx methods for use with novel RF coils, acquisition methods and advanced reconstruction strategies for wide ranging biomedical applications.
Development of pTx pulse design strategies for head and body imaging applications on human ultrahigh field MRI systems (7T & 10.5T)
Implement pTx methods on the Siemens platform through the pulse programming environment and on-line pulse calculation facilities.
Validation of in-house RF coils and implementation of associated real-time power monitoring strategies to fully exploit the potential of pTx at UHF.
Independently plan and conduct experiments on phantoms and volunteers to test and evaluate hardware and software.
Critically analyze data, present results and propose solutions to challenges.
Work with the PI and collaborators to identify new research directions and secure additional research funding.
Support the translation of developed methods towards advancing biomedical research and/or clinical applications.
Promote research results through the writing of abstractsand submission of manuscripts.
Essential Job Requirements:
PhD or itsequivalentinPhysics,ElectricalEngineering,Bioengineering, or related fields
MRI research experience
Pulsesequenceprogramming experience with on Siemens IDEA environment.
Active involvement with parallel transmit methods and pulse design.
Demonstrated experience with hardware development and testing (i.e. RF coil, TR-switches …)
Experience with translation of advanced MR physics methods to in vivo applications.
Demonstratedexperience in scientificwriting: mustbeable to provideexamples of materialthattheapplicanthaswritten (e.g.abstracts,manuscripts, or grantapplications).
5 years of MRI research experience
ExperienceinMATLAB/Python and Linux-basedcommand lineoperations
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