Director of Biomedical Imaging Core (Associate Professor or Professor)

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The Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a research facility of the Louisiana State University System, is a dynamic and world class research center whose mission is to improve health through research in nutrition and in disease prevention. Areas of research strength include obesity, type 2 diabetes, exercise and health, fetal programming, genetics, neurobiology, neurodegeneration, nutrient sensing and healthy aging. Pennington Biomedical promotes research through institutional support of multiple cores that include participant recruiting, clinical chemistry, stable isotopes, inpatient and outpatient units. The Position (Associate Professor or Professor): The Director of the Biomedical Imaging Core at Pennington Biomedical will be a full-time faculty member (Associate Professor or Professor) and will pursue an independent research career in addition to directing clinical imaging. The Director will interface with clinical scientists from Pennington Biomedical and across the state to develop new image acquisition and analysis methods and implement these within the clinical research setting in the context of multi-center studies. Essential Functions: The Director will be responsible for expanding and developing a multi-disciplinary clinical imaging research team that will perform the following functions: conduct his/her own funded research, collaborate with other investigators in designing and perform MRI (imaging and functional) data collection and analyses, contribute to clinical investigations by optimizing MRI research and clinical imaging protocols, develop an ongoing process for quality assurance, ensure regulatory compliance and ACR accreditation, conduct equipment acceptance testing, evaluate new technologies and upgrades. The Biomedical Imaging Core: The Biomedical Imaging Core currently supports the clinical research activities at Pennington Biomedical with existing 3T MRI/MRS, DXA, whole body NMR body composition, ultrasound, 3-D body scanner, echo MRI, bodpod, and CT (off-site). Current capabilities include MRS [31P and proton] and body/brain imaging as well as advanced body composition analysis. Pennington Biomedical has a new 90,000 square foot clinical research building which opened July 2010 with an adjacent Biomedical Imaging Center (20,000 square foot), which was opened in 2012. The Biomedical Imaging Core will house up to three MRI/MRS plus CT/PET with room for future expansion. Construction is currently underway for a large bore 3T MRI/MRS that will be installed by the end of 2013.
The Candidate: The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in MRI, with preference given to those applicants with experience including in advanced techniques such as functional MRI and MRS. Outstanding track-record in peer-reviewed publications and experience in scientific presentations. Ability to establish independent research and secure external funding is desired. Qualifications: MD and/or PhD with documented imaging expertise. Board eligibility and/or certification is preferred. Experience in a therapeutic area related to the mission of the Center is preferred (obesity, diabetes, neuroscience, cardiovascular disease, aging). Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment.
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