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How to Apply

Please submit the following application materials in the order listed below and as a single document via email to Professor Luis Hernandez-Garcia, at hernan@umich.edu:

  • Cover letter describing your specific interest in the position
  • A brief summary of research interests, accomplishments and experience to date
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three references.

 

Job Summary

A postdoctoral research position is available at the University of Michigan’s Functional MRI Laboratory to work on a NIH funded project. The candidate’s job will conduct research on projects related to quantitative imaging of cerebral blood flow using MRI without the use of contrast agents.  The techniques developed in this project will be applied to Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.  The candidate will be expected to publish their findings in peer reviewed journals and international conferences.  

The research will primarily involve these areas: 

• Modeling MR signal under blood flow conditions

• Development of deep learning methods to solve inverse problems

• Pulse sequence design and development 

• Image reconstruction and post-processing

Mission Statement

The Functional MRI Laboratory is an interdisciplinary unit organized under the University of Michigan's Office of Research and is dedicated to supporting research on the structures and functions of the brain that underlie cognitive and affective processes, and research on functional MRI and associated research tools. The Laboratory's mission is to maintain an environment that will enhance the excellence of research using fMRI and associated technologies by providing a well-equipped physical facility and appropriate intellectual support services for investigators. Additional information about the Functional MRI Laboratory is available at: fmri.research.umich.edu/

 

Required Qualifications*

A strong background in signal processing and mathematical modeling is crucial for this project.  The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline such as Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Physics.  

He/she will also have experience in one or more of the following MRI related areas: Arterial Spin Labeling (ASL), Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (MRF), Neural Networks or other pattern recognition techniques. 

 

Desired Qualifications*

MR pulse programming experience is desired, preferably in EPIC.  

Additional Information

The Functional MRI Laboratory at the University of Michigan, has a twenty-year history of neuroimaging and MRI engineering research.  During its operation, the laboratory has provided a common forum for research groups ranging from Psychiatry to Electrical Engineering. The laboratory hosts numerous seminars given by invited speakers and are attended by investigators from the Great Lakes region.  The FMRI laboratory holds an intensive two-week course in FMRI every summer, and an advanced neuroimaging speaker series in order to facilitate training of new investigators and disseminate the latest findings in the literature among the local neuroimaging community. 
The laboratory houses two state-of-the-art, research-dedicated, 3.0 T GE MR750 MRI scanners, which are fully equipped for functional imaging studies and are outfitted with custom parallel transmission equipment.  In addition, there is ample room for participant waiting, dressing and training rooms, computational support facilities, and a fully equipped electronics workshop for coil and phantom construction. Multiple FMRI participant stimulation devices are available to investigators for audio-visual stimulation. 

The University of Michigan 3D Laboratory provides the latest 3D printing services to the University community.  The Engineering Preclinical Imaging Center is also available for this project. It is a small animal imaging facility adjacent to the Functional MRI Laboratory.  It consists of an Agilent 7T scanner.  This system has a 31 cm bore and has 3 gradient inserts, and supports a full range of MRI pulse sequences, including echo planar imaging and diffusion tensor imaging.  The system includes 4 transmit channels for parallel excitation and 4 receive channels along with several array coils for parallel imaging.  Full physiological monitoring, animal holders, rapid animal positioning systems, and an animal ventilator, stereotaxic frame and heater are available.

Additional Information

  • This is a one year term-limited position with a possibility of renewal. Postdoctoral Research Fellow appointments are renewable annually for a maximum of three years contingent on satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.  
  • The start date is negotiable, but January 2021 or earlier is preferred.
  • This position is eligible for benefits.
  • Additional information regarding UM Postdoctoral Research Fellow appointments can be found at rackham.umich.edu/postdoctoral-fellows/

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.