The Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA seeks applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship in the neuroimaging of brain aging. The primary responsibilities of the fellow is to process brain MRI and amyloid PET data from an observational longitudinal study of aging, analyze associations between neuroimaging measures and lifespan cardiometabolic exposure variables, and publish and present data. Specific brain MRI techniques of interest include structural, functional, perfusion, and diffusion sequences. The fellow is also expected to contribute to analyses of neuroimaging data from complementary projects and to assist in development of grant proposals.
The Biomedical Imaging Center at Pennington Biomedical Research Center is home to two 3T GE MRI machines, including a wide-bore Discovery 750w installed in 2013 and a Signa Excite HDxT. Current strength areas include brain MRI, MR spectroscopy, and body composition assessments. Beyond MRI, the Biomedical Imaging Center also includes two DEXA scanners, ultrasound equipment, a BODPOD, and an x-ray machine for multi-modality studies. The fellow will have access to this equipment as well as a large-scale, extensible cluster computing machine and desktop computing equipment. The fellow will also have access to PET scanners through a collaborative arrangement with the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. These imaging resources support a Pennington research portfolio focused on obesity, diabetes, exercise, nutrition, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease. The center includes approximately 60 faculty, 100 adjunct faculty and 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, two P30 center grants, and the LaCats infrastructure grant. These resources provide numerous career development activities and a variety of scientific education programs for postdocs. Pennington is a member of the Louisiana State University system situated in the lovely, thriving, and family-friendly city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.