Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Postdoc position (in vivo hyperpolarized 13C MR)

The University of Maryland School of Medicine is expanding its molecular imaging and interventional research capabilities with the addition of a Dynamic Nuclear Polarizer and High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound as part of the recently established Center for Integration of Metabolic Imaging and Therapeutics (CIMIT). This expansion is aimed to facilitate both basic science and clinical research by exploring novel molecular imaging agent based technologies for screening, early detection, and real-time image-guided interventions.

In this process a postdoctoral research fellowship position is available in the metabolic imaging group led by Dr. Dirk Mayer within the Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC). The primary focus of the position will be on the development and evaluation of new in vivo acquisition methods for hyperpolarized 13C spectroscopic imaging in both animal models and humans. This is an exciting opportunity to work at one of the first sites that will do translational/clinical hyperpolarized 13C MRI/MRS.

The candidate should have a Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in engineering, physics, physical chemistry, or similar fields. The ideal candidate has a background in NMR physics with particular emphasis on in vivo spectroscopy, data acquisition and processing. Experience in pulse sequence programming (ideally on a GE clinical scanner) is preferred. Knowledge of other computer languages, including C++, Matlab and IDL, and experience in performing small animal imaging experience is also desirable. Qualified applicants should also have a track record of first-author research papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

Interested individuals should send a letter detailing their research interests, an updated CV and contact information for at least two references to Dr. Dirk Mayer at dirk@umaryland.edu.

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