Two (2) PhD Positions:
Computational Neuroimaging of the human brainstem

Job Offer from October 24, 2018

Two (2) PhD Positions:
Computational Neuroimaging of the human brainstem

As a part of a collaborative effort with the Hertie Institute, University Tübingen (Marc Himmelbach);
and the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA (David Ress, Jung Hwan Kim), the Institute for
Biological Cybernetics invites applications for two PhD positions in ultra-high field functional and
structural MRI to understand the physiology and microstructure of the human brain stem.
The successful candidates will receive cutting-edge training in several techniques essential for the
neurosciences, especially high-field MR methodology and MR-physics, but also signal and image
processing techniques in 3D, neuroanatomy and vascular physiology.

PhD No1: He/she will work on high-resolution MRI contributing to the development of advanced highfield
methods for elucidating the relationship between structure and function of the brainstem. The
successful candidate holds an MSc (or equivalent) degree in the physical sciences, engineering, or
biomedical technology with a solid basis in MR-Physics and data analysis techniques. Preference will
be given to candidates with experience in sequence programming on the Siemens IDEA platform (both
VB and VD version) as well as accelerated (sparse, parallel etc.) reconstruction techniques.

PhD No2: He/she will develop and validate computational depth mapping in 3D, using multi-modal
MRI data and histology. The successful candidate holds a MSc (or equivalent) degree in the
neurosciences with programming skills (e.g. C/C++; Matlab) and a strong interest for advanced MRI
methods. Preference will be given to candidates with experience with histological staining techniques
and microscopy.
The MRC Department is equipped with two whole body Siemens Systems (3T Prisma and 9.4T), a lowfield
2mT experimental MR system with hyperpolarization, and a small-bore Bruker system operating
at 14.1T.
The positions are available from 01.02.2019 for an initial period of three years. Further extensions will
be possible. For both positions, proficiency in English is essential. Successful candidates can enroll with
the doctoral program of the Graduate Training Centre/Max Planck International Research School
The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer: Handicapped individuals are strongly
encouraged to apply, and so are women in areas in which they are underrepresented. To apply, please
send a .pdf file containing your CV, the name of two reference persons and a letter motivating why
you are interested to pursue your PhD on this topic to:

Prof. Dr. Klaus Scheffler,
MRC Department, Max-Planck Institute for biological Cybernetics
72076 Tübingen, Germany

For further enquiries please contact:
Dr. Gisela Hagberg,

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