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Vanderbuilt - Post-doc in 7T CEST and application to MS

posted Aug 9, 2013, 12:52 PM by Bradley Harden
The Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) is pleased to announce an opening for a fulltime post-doctoral fellow to carry out research in 7T advanced MR imaging and related image analysis in patients with multiple sclerosis. The fellow will be involved in an DoD-funded clinical research program focusing on chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) and quantitative magnetization transfer (qMT) in patients with MS and cognitive impairment. 

Fellowship research activities will include interacting with clinicians, scientists and patients, development and implementation of novel CEST and qMT methods for the brain at 7T, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and conference presentations. The fellow will gain experience in the supervision and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate research trainees and research staff. The candidate will develop his/her own independent research projects under the mentorship of fellowship supervisor Dr. Seth Smith. An area of training emphasis for this fellowship is mentoring the candidate in grant writing with several intramural and extramural funding sources available for the fellow to develop an independently-funded project. 

Resources & Training Environment

The VUIIS ( is a trans-institutional research institute at Vanderbilt University. In particular, our state-of-the-art VUIIS Center for Human Imaging includes two full-time research Philips 3T scanners with 32 receiver channels and parallel transmit capabilities, one Philips 7T scanner with multichannel transmit, 32 receiver channels, and a full complement of coils for brain, spinal cord and extremity MRI. Vanderbilt University is located in Nashville, TN. Nashville has been named as America’s friendliest city for three years in a row, one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family (Fortune magazine), the number one most popular U.S. city for corporate relocations (Expansion Management magazine), and one of the 25 cities most likely to have the country's highest job growth over the coming five years (Forbes magazine).

Candidate Requirements 

Candidates should have a PhD in biomedical engineering, biophysics, computer science, neuroscience, physics, or a related discipline at the time of fellowship appointment with prior experience in MR. Programming skills in Matlab, Unix/Linux and scientific computing, as well as experience with pulse sequence design and/or programming is desirable. The full-time position is available to commence as early as September 1st, 2013 and is available for up to two years. Candidates must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time of appointment and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.

Application Instructions

To apply, please email Seth Smith ( with a cover letter detailing your interest in this position (including your past relevant research and work experiences), your current curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references (to include at least one professional and one academic reference). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so early submission is strongly encouraged.