Postdoctoral Researcher

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The Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA seeks applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship in brain MRI image processing. The fellow is expected to implement image processing software pipelines that will enable the extraction of useful structural and functional information from state-of-the-art MRI sequences. Sequences of interest include T1-weighted, T2-weighted / FLAIR, diffusion, perfusion, BOLD fMRI, angiography, and susceptibility-weighted sequences. Post-processing problems of interest include co-registration across modalities, segmentation of tissue types and anatomical structures, quantification of activation, connectivity, and blood flow, and voxel-based statistical analysis. The fellow is expected to combine existing software packages (such as SPM, FSL, FreeSurfer, etc) 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 brain 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 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 head 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, and a new x-ray machine for multi-modality studies. Brain PET imaging from partners within Baton Rouge is also available. These imaging resources support a large 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 neuroimaging software packages such as SPM, FSL, or FreeSurfer 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 brain MRI problems such as image coregistration and tissue segmentation 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
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