A new position in the field of bioengineering and translational research is available for a highly enthusiastic Postdoctoral Fellow to lead NIH-funded research to study human brain function using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). We utilize a mixture of human experiments and computational modeling to enable detailed measurements of the physics and physiology of human brain function. We believe that fMRI provides an extremely informative window in brain function when interpreted as a quantitative metric of metabolic substrates rather than a rough correlate of neuronal electrical activity.
The role requires various abilities to work independently and as part of various multidisciplinary teams. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential. The successful candidate will work with various collaborative and innovative research teams consisting of scientists, engineers and clinicians in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, MR physics, neurology and neurosurgery. The lab currently collaborates with various teams in Siemens, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, University of Southern California and Max Planck Institute at Tubingen (Germany). The lab has immediate access to two top-of-the-line Siemens Prisma 3T scanners, as well as a Siemens Terra 7T scanner at Methodist Hospital (the first 7T human scanner in Texas). Computational work makes use of a local cluster of high-performance compute and file servers owned exclusively by our lab.
A candidate who wants to advance her/his career in Academia is highly desirable. The successful candidate expects to submit her/his own training grant within 4 years at the end of the postdoctoral training to advance her/his independent career.
Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the world's largest medical center. BCM in TMC provides an unique environments to facilitate collaborations among labs with dynamic interactions between researchers and clinicians.
Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter including their research interests, 2) a CV, and 3) a list of at least 3 references. Job Duties
- Designs, executes, and analyzes experiments that investigate the physics and physiology of brain function for project goals.
- Develops appropriate stimuli for experiments using tools, such as the PsychToolbox.
- Configures protocols on local MRI scanners.
- Recruits and scans subjects, then analyze results.
- MD or Ph.D. in Basic Science, Health Science, or a related field.
- No experience required.
- Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Psychology, Engineering (Biomedical, Mechanical, Electrical), Physics or a related field.
- This position requires strong familiarity with MRI including the physics and physiology of fMRI.
- Strong coding ability in Matlab or equivalent is highly desirable.
- Basic understanding of MR pulse sequences and MRI physics is also desirable.
- Background of computational modeling of biological system is a plus.
Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.
Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.
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