PostDoc Position Available

PostDoc Position Available


A full-time PostDoc position in MRI of Brain Oxygen Metabolism in brain cancer is available at the School of Psychology of the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, United Kingdom, under the supervision of Dr. Mike Germuska, in collaboration with Richard Wise.

Research Associate/Fellow in MRI of Brain Oxygen Metabolism (10794BR)

 The Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre seeks a creative and experienced MRI research scientist to join its team working on the development of new MRI methods to efficiently map human cerebral vascular and oxygen metabolic function. 

The project aims to take our MRI tools, based on quantitative FMRI approaches, to the next level required to have an impact in basic and clinical neuroscience. We propose to expand the range of pathologies for which the tools are reliable, speed up data acquisition and implement artificial intelligence-based data analysis to improve robustness of estimation of the brain’s physiological state. We aim to demonstrate potential clinical benefits in imaging primary brain tumours.

We are seeking an excellent candidate, with a relevant PhD, who has the capacity to develop the advanced MRI, biophysical modelling and data analysis methods. The candidate should have the interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to engage with clinical researchers and people newly diagnosed with a primary brain tumour, who volunteer to take part in this research. Experiments will involve functional MRI, arterial spin labelling and respiratory (FMRI calibration) methods in patients and healthy volunteers. 

The candidate will work on these methods to fulfil the aims of two recent awards: (i) EPSRC Healthcare Impact Partnerships Award entitled “An integrated MRI tool to map brain microvascular and metabolic function: improving imaging diagnostics for human brain disease” and (ii) the Wellcome Strategic Award entitled ‘Multi-Scale and Multi-Modal Assessment of Coupling in the Healthy and Diseased Brain.’ 

This is an exciting career opportunity to join a successful neuroimaging centre benefitting from access to a suite of Siemens MRI systems, including a 7T Magnetom system, two 3T Prisma systems and a Connectom system (3T with 300mT/m gradients). These systems are well-supported by an on-site Siemens scientist, a comprehensive master research agreement with Siemens, and a talented team of physicists, engineers, radiographers and scientific support officers. The project will involve working with industrial, research and healthcare partners including the Velindre Cancer Centre.

You can learn more about CUBRIC.

This position is full time, is available from 1 January 2021 and is fixed term, in the first instance, until 31 May 2023. 

The appointment will be made at either Research Associate (Grade 6), currently £33,797 – £40,322 per annum; or Research Fellow (Grade 7), currently £42,792 – £49,553 per annum, according to the level of expertise and experience.

It is not expected to appoint above starting salary grade 7.38 (£42,792 per annum).

In advance of submitting a full application, applicants are encouraged to engage in informal discussions with Mike Germuska, Richard Wise or Derek Jones.

All applications should be made via the Cardiff University Jobs website.

Date advert posted: Wednesday, 20 January 2021
Closing date: Wednesday, 17 February 2021

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