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Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University,
Maastricht Brain Imaging Center (MBIC)
We are looking for a Postdoc (2 years, 1.0 fte) to work on non-Cartesian MR image reconstruction in the context of fMRI and diffusion applications. This hire is part of a larger project awarded to Dr Benedikt Poser by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO VIDI).
The overall project will be on advanced acquisitions on our 3T, 7T and 9.4T MRI scanners, and will include development of efficient sampling and reconstruction for high spatio-temporal resolution, as well as pTX development at 7T and 9.4T. The primary target applications are fMRI based on BOLD as well as short-TE perfusion and VASO contrast, and short-TE diffusion imaging.
The successful candidate will join the MR Physics group of Benedikt Poser within the Cognitive Neuroscience department and Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre, which offers great opportunity for collaborations with the groups on applied neuroscience research and neuroimaging analysis methods development.
The MRI facility houses state-of-the-art Siemens 3T Prisma, 7T and 9.4T human MRI systems (VE11 and VB17, respectively). The scanners have 64channel (3T) and 32-channel (7T, 9.4T) head reception, as well as 2-channel (3T), 8-channel (7T) and 16-channel (9.4T) parallel RF transmit capability for which the Nova (single and pTX) and several custom-built coil arrays are available. Other relevant hardware includes a high-end GPU recon server, two Kineticor optical motion cameras, and a Skope 16-channel field camera for 7T. Upgrade of the 7T to DOT+ (VE12) is in planning.
Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD in MR Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field in which the candidate has obtained the required experience with numerical techniques and strong programming skills (Matlab, C++, Python) in the context of MRI development. Previous expertise in image reconstruction and/or pTX, and familiarity with Siemens pulse sequencing, are highly desirable. Candidates should be enthusiastic and highly motivated to conduct challenging research, and be open to collaborate in the very interdisciplinary environment of our Centre.
Fixed-term contract: 2 years.
The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO- NU). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Home > Support > UM employees > You and your work
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 18,000 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
The Cognitive Neuroscience (CN) department in Maastricht combines research in human perception and cognition with the development of advanced methods in neuroscience. Various brain imaging methods are employed to describe and predict behaviour, such as single cell recording, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electro- and magneto-encephalography (EEG and MEG). Furthermore, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and neurofeedback are being used to manipulate behaviour. The research is embedded in the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center (M-BIC).
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