Monday, November 24, 2014

[NMR] Postdoctoral position in Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance at the MR-Centre, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark

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Background for the position

The current one year position (with possibility of prolongation) is available through a grant for the LIFE-DNP program obtained from The Danish Council for Strategic Research to the MR Research Centre, Aarhus University and its partners. 


Read more about the MR Research Centre and the program at mr.au.dk

We offer: 

An interdisciplinary and dynamic environment within an international research group. An excellent laboratory infrastructure with state-of-the-art equipment, including one SPINlab polarizer system linked to a 3T clinical scanner and a 9.4T pre-clinical scanner. Additionally, laboratory for cell culture studies, animal based studies and other facilities for patient and clinical scanners are available. 

Project description: 

Hyperpolarized MR is a new technology enhancing MR spectroscopy and imaging for metabolic studies with until now unseen sensitivity. The overall aim of the present research program is to explore metabolic mechanisms that link dietary patterns and lifestyle with diseases included in the metabolic syndrome complex like diabetes, obesity, cancer or heart diseases. The research is based on cells (bio-reactors), animals (rodents and pigs) and further translation to human studies will be initiated soon. 

The holder of the announced Post Doc position is expected to formulate own research based on the hyperpolarization technique. 

Furthermore the researcher should: 

• introduce new bio-probes (spin physics, chemistry etc.) for experimental studies of the metabolic complex diseases; 
• develop novel methods for MR data acquisitions and analysis; 
• interpretation of MR-hyperpolarization data for quantification of metabolic flux patterns relevant for the above general aims and translate these into a clinical perspective. 

Selection criteria 

• The candidate must hold a PhD or equivalent degree in areas linking natural sciences and life sciences. 
• The candidate must demonstrate strong competences in physics, chemistry, data processing, MR-spectroscopy and its application in life-sciences. 
• Prior practical experience with the MR-hyperpolarization technique will be appreciated. 
• Convincing knowledge in proper experimental planning, power calculations, and statistical evaluation of experimental data. 
• An analytical attitude of devising innovative scientific or technical solutions. 
• Excellent scientific track record 
• Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal 
• An enthusiastic, dedicated and collaborative attitude to the project is prerequisite. 

Relationships 
• The candidate will be employed at the MR Research Centre, Department of Clinical Medicine. The holder of the position will primarily report to the principle investigator Prof. Hans Stødkilde-Jørgensen. 
• The holder of the position is expected to interact with staff at all levels, both internally and externally, regarding relevant research topics. 
• Highly motivated and ambitious candidates are encouraged to apply. Solid experience and an excellent track record gained in leading laboratories in the research field will be considered a distinct advantage. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration, and thus we encourage all – regardless of their personal background and status – to apply. 

Questions 
Further information can be requested from prof. Hans Stødkilde-Jørgensen (+45 7845 6113), assistant prof. Christoffer Laustsen (+45 7846 6139) or associate prof. Steffen Ringgaard (+45 7845 6123). 

For more information on working at Aarhus University and living in Denmark: http://ias.au.dk/international-academic-staff-ias/

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and strongly research-oriented institution that creates and shares knowledge. The university was founded in 1928 and today it has several world class research fields. Aarhus University (AU) is a top ten university among universities founded within the past 100 years. It has a long tradition of partnerships with some of the world's best research institutions and university networks. Please read more about Aarhus University at http://www.au.dk/en/about/profile

Application formalities 
The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any).

Application deadline: 
All applications must be made online and received by: 17.12.2014 

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