The Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA seeks applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship in body composition MRI and MRS post-processing. The fellow is expected to implement image processing software pipelines that will enable the extraction of useful body composition parameters from state-of-the-art MRI or MRS acquisitions. Post-processing problems of particular interest include automated segmentation of internal organs, automated parcellation of adipose tissues into specific depots, and estimation of organ-specific lipid content from H1 and P31 MRS. The fellow is expected to combine existing software packages with novel algorithms to provide effective solutions to these problems. The fellow is also expected to evaluate software pipelines through a variety of validation studies performed at Pennington. A secondary job function for the fellow is neuroimaging data management: storing and cataloging collected MRI scans and post-processing measures from ongoing studies. 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 cutting-edge studies in diabetes, obesity, aging, and related conditions. 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. 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-modality studies. 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. in the computational sciences (computer science, biomedical engineering, etc) with a dissertation topic closely related to brain MRI post-processing. Experience using major MRI post-processing software packages such as ITK/VTK Computer programming experience in medical image processing, using mainstream languages and environments such as C++, Matlab, or Python Evidence of publication productivity in major conferences or journals Excellent oral presentation and communication skills Preferred: Experience developing and validating novel algorithms for body composition MRI problems such as automated organ segmentation and adipose tissue parcellation Experience in statistical analysis using R, SAS, or related software Experience in data management and database programming (such as MySQL) Start date: July 1, 2014
Apply online at: http://lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu