Postdoctoral Fellow, MRI of Skeletal Muscle and Muscle Disease
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Internal Number: 64860dc73542d200be71748540bf7bd4
The Stephens Family Clinical Research Institute at Carle Health would like to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow in the area of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MR spectroscopy (MRS) of skeletal muscle and muscle disease.
Position Summary: The position is in the Carle Clinical Imaging Research Program, a multi-faculty research group focused on clinical and translational biomedical imaging research. Carle and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign jointly own and operate a 7T Siemens MAGNETOM Terra MRI scanner, which is used for both research and clinical imaging. Other imaging resources include two 3T Siemens MRI scanners, ultrasound, and near-infrared spectroscopy.
The postdoctoral fellowship is a two-year position funded by an NIH research grant held by Dr. Bruce Damon. The principal goal of the project is to develop diffusion tensor MRI and related methods for applications in skeletal muscle physiology and biomechanics, with a particular focus on muscle disease. The postdoctoral fellow will lead studies aimed at investigating the typical relationships between skeletal muscle structure and function and how they are altered in muscular dystrophy. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in a biomedical science or engineering field; experience in musculoskeletal, neuroscience, and/or cardiac applications of biomedical MRI; have outstanding organizational skills and work habits, including the ability to work independently; and have strong computational and quantitative skills.
Education Requirements: Doctoral degree in biomedical science or engineering field
Experience Requirements: Four years of graduate-level experience with in vivo biomedical imaging
Specialized Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
Experience in acquiring and analyzing in vivo biomedical imaging and spectroscopy data, with a preference for MRI/MRS
Preference for candidates with experience in either musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, or neuroscience applications of biomedical imaging
Preference for candidates with experience in human research
Experience in programming in scientific computational software packages, such as MATLAB, Python, R, etc.
Outstanding communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
Ability to envision, organize, and complete complex tasks with limited direct supervision
Essential Standard Job Functions:
Provides expertise in designing, planning, and executing research studies involving biomedical imaging and the musculoskeletal system
Plans and conducts library and literature searches
Regularly consults with Principal Investigator on progress
Acquires, maintains, and analyzes research data according to ethical and scientific standards
Presents findings and participates in professional development programs at scientific conferences, etc.
Writes manuscripts as primary author and contributes sections of manuscripts as secondary author
Assists Principal Investigator with grant submissions
Participates in scientific collaborative activities with other investigators
Assists in supervising and training junior members of research team
To Apply: Please submit your CV and cover letter in addition to a statement of research to Katie Schroeder, Provider Career Liaison at Katie.email@example.com
Based in Urbana, IL, The Carle Foundation is a vertically integrated system with more than 9,500 employees in its five hospitals, multi-specialty physician groups, health plan and associated healthcare businesses including the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school. Carle is proud to be named a Great Place to Work®. Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle BroMenn Medical Center hold Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest honor for nursing care and Carle Foundation Hospital (CFH) ranks as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ by Healthgrades®.