Postdoctoral Fellow Position Available in Biomedical Imaging: Advanced MRI Methods for Studying Neurotoxicity
We have an immediate opening for a postdoctoral fellow to work on advanced imaging approaches to evaluate medical countermeasures for neurotoxic chemicals that can cause seizures in humans. This project is part of a new $17M Center of Excellence at UC Davis funded by the NIH CounterACT program (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/research/ counterterrorism/counterACT_home.htm). It is anticipated that findings from this Center also could lead to improved medical treatment for patients with seizure disorders.
The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and applying advanced imaging methods and, in particular, resting-state functional connectivity MRI, to study the effect of neurotoxins and lead therapeutic candidates in rodent models, and will be part of a large interdisciplinary team assembled to tackle this challenging public health threat. MRI studies will be designed and performed in collaboration with Dr. Joel Garbow (Washington University in St. Louis). In addition, the candidate will assist with PET studies of neuroinflammation in these same models. Imaging studies will take place at the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging (http://imaging.bme.ucdavis.edu), a state-of-the-art preclinical imaging facility at UC Davis.
Ph.D. in Engineering or Physical Sciences, with demonstrated expertise in magnetic resonance imaging and experience in small animal neuroimaging applications. Documented skills in the development and application of high-end data analysis and processing code also are required. Experience in functional MRI or resting-state functional connectivity MRI and an interest in neurobiology and/or neurotoxicology are both highly desirable.
UC Davis and Environs
UC Davis is ranked 11th among U.S. public universities and the Department of Biomedical Engineering is ranked 6th in the nation in research expenditures by the NSF. UC Davis is located in Northern California, within easy reach of Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Yosemite and the Northern California coast.
How to Apply
By e-mail to Prof. Simon Cherry (email@example.com). Please include curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of 3 references. Applications should be received no later than October 31st 2012 for full consideration.