Postdoctoral Researcher

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The Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA seeks applicants for an MR physicist at the postdoctoral level. The fellow is expected to optimize and implement state-of-the-art pulse sequences in the two general areas of neuroimaging and body composition imaging, with a goal of assembling a toolbox of validated sequences for investigators studying obesity, diabetes, aging, and related conditions. Sequence types of interest for neuroimaging include T1-weighted, FLAIR, SWI, angiography, BOLD, perfusion, and diffusion. Multi-echo T1-weighted sequences for discrimination of adipose tissue compartments, as well as H1 and P31 spectroscopic techniques for quantification of lipid compartments, are of particular interest for body composition applications. The fellow is expected to explore state-of-the-art techniques related to these sequence types, including steady-state free precession, multi-band EPI, and compressive sensing. It is expected that the fellow will need to explore a combination of product sequences, vendor WIPs, and novel programmed pulse sequences to provide optimal sequences. As a secondary role, the fellow is expected to explore the incorporation of data from external sensors, including EKG leads, pulse oxygenation sensors, and respiration monitors, into developed sequences. Environment: The Biomedical Imaging Center at Pennington is in an exciting period of major growth, with a major institutional investment and a new Director, Owen Carmichael, tasked with greatly expanding its support of its world-leading studies in diabetes, obesity, aging, and related conditions. MR physics efforts at the Center are led by Prof. Guang Jia, who has an active research program focused on novel pulse sequence development. The Center is home to two 3T GE MRI machines, including a wide-bore Discovery 750w installed in 2013 and a Signa Excite HDxT. The systems are loaded with a full complement of state-of-the-art sequences and acquisition coils, including a 32-channel head coil. The fellow will have access to these scanners as well as a large-scale, extensible cluster computing machine and desktop computing equipment. Beyond MRI, the Biomedical Imaging Center also includes two DEXA scanners, ultrasound equipment, a BODPOD, and a new x-ray machine for multi-modal validation studies of body composition techniques. These imaging resources support a Pennington research portfolio that includes 50 research laboratories, 70 faculty, 100 adjunct faculty and over 30 postdoctoral researchers. In 2012, Pennington was ranked one of the top ten places in the US to work as a postdoc, with two postdoctoral T32 training grants, numerous career development activities, and a variety of scientific education programs. Pennington is a member of the Louisiana State University system situated in the lovely, thriving, and family-friendly city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
A Ph.D. with a dissertation topic in MR physics. Knowledge of state-of-the-art MR pulse sequence techniques. Pulse sequence programming expertise related to neuroimaging or body composition imaging Evidence of publication productivity in major conferences or journals Excellent oral presentation and communication skills Preferred: Hands on experience with GE systems Experience in statistical analysis using R, SAS, or related software Start date: July 1, 2014
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