We are seeking for a talented postdoctoral fellow to join a team working for an NIH funded project on human brain development in health and disease using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Emerging brain pathways and morphology are linked in typical and atypical brain development, and such changes can be 3-dimensionally imaged by MRI with our technique. The development of cortical convolutions, gyri and sulci, is a complex process that typically takes place prenatally. Despite numerous theories, processes that cause the appearance of gyri/sulci and its relationships to underlying fiber pathways remain unknown. The postdoctoral candidate will utilize and further improve our technique to study brain morphology and pathways in patients with neurodevelopmental disorders ranging from fetus to young adult ages.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree in neuroscience, neuroanatomy, biomedical imaging/engineering, or equivalent. Knowledge of brain development would be a great plus. The ideal candidate must be independent, mature, responsible, and creative with excellent organizational skills, as well as good command of written and oral English. The postdoctoral fellow will conduct MRI scans that include structural and diffusion images and/or oversee data processing and analysis. Candidate also help develop and test specific hypotheses concerning developmental brain disorders. Research will be performed at Boston Children’s Hospital. Strong preference will be given to applicants who have substantial previous experience in MRI acquisition and/or analysis. Some knowledge of Matlab and Unix is desirable.
Applicants can send curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and contact information for three references to Emi Takahashi, Ph.D. (Emi.Takahashi@childrens.harvard.edu)
This position is funded by an NIH R01 grant and will follow NIH guidelines for compensation.