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    Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Diffusion Tensor Imaging @ Columbia University -- New York, NY (US)
    Submitted by Bradley Peterson; posted on Tuesday, October 02, 2012

    BACKGROUND

    Columbia University Medical Center is one of the world's foremost centers for patient care and health science education. It is also one of the world's leading research organizations in brain imaging and neuroscience, and provides a unique environment to support breakthrough discoveries in this fundamental area of neuroimaging.

    The Center for Developmental Neuropsychiatry is studying brain development, neuroscience, psychology and psychiatric diseases in newborns, infants, children, adolescents and young adults. We use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as our major tools to investigate human brains, employing both human and translational animal models. In addition, we also use modern biology and genetics to assist the investigation in our studies.

    In the past few years, we've systematically and extensively conducted studies on brain development of preterm and termed babies born to mothers of drug-abuse, autistic spectrum diseases, bipolar disease, Tourette syndrome, stuttering, bulimia, using various image technique. Our research team in the Center consists of faculty, postdocs and staff from various educational background (pediatric psychiatry, neuroscience, psychology, computer science, magnetic resonance physics, statistics), together working on the cutting edge of the areas across multiple research disciplines.

    This interdisciplinary group offers an excellent environment to uncover new fundamental principles and regulatory mechanisms in this emerging area of neuroimaging. Ample opportunities are here for performing advanced research and publishing papers in prestigious journals.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    A postdoctoral position is available soon in Feb 2013 for candidates with a Ph.D. in Diffusion Tensor Imaging. Those who are interested in conducting research in these areas are encouraged to apply. The research group is highly multi-disciplinary, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with both our outstanding faculty. The candidate must be skillful in programming and experienced with high-throughput analysis of large scale imaging data, as the position involves analysis of massive quantity of imaging data already collected from many research projects on brain disorders.

    REQUIREMENTS

    • A Ph.D. in computation neuroimaging, physics, mathematics, computer science or other closely related fields
    • A strong background and skills in programming and image analysis, with experience in C/C++, Matlab, Perl, Python, windows/UNIX (SUN Solaris)/Linux, biostatistics, with a demonstrated ability to design and implement algorithms in working code
    • Experience in the processing of Diffusion Tensor Images, including artifact detection, tensor estimation, and fiber tracking, is required
    • Excellent communication and teamwork skills to take advantage of the highly collaborative environment, adaptability and willingness to contribute to the overall goals of the research
    • A passion for innovation, and demonstrated initiative in tackling new areas of research and in leading a major project

    COMPENSATION

    Commensurate with experience

    HOW TO APPLY

    Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests, up to three reprints/preprints, and arrange for three letters of recommendation. Application material should be sent by email (a single PDF file preferred) to Dr. Dongrong Xu at dx2103[at]columbia.edu. Letters of recommendation may be sent by email to dx2103[at]columbia.edu upon request.

    Dongrong Xu Ph.D. Associate Professor Columbia University Department of Psychiatry
    New York State Psychiatric Institute 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 74, New York, NY 10032.

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