General position: A postdoctoral research position is available in the Neurophotonics Lab, a part of the Optical Radiology Laboratories at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis working with Dr. Adam Eggebrecht.
Lab info: Our lab is a diverse and interdisciplinary team whose research focuses on developing novel tools that extend mapping of human brain function beyond current limitations. Our efforts are focused on two broad areas: software and algorithm development, and applications in typical and atypical childhood development with a focus on autism spectrum disorder. We develop diffuse optical tomography (DOT) methods and use them, along with other neuroimaging techniques (task fMRI, functional connectivity) and behavioral and clinical assessments to investigate the development of brain function underlying processing of language and social interactions, and how things go awry in developmental disorders.
Project info: The successful candidate will take a lead role on an NIH-funded neuroimaging project to optimize DOT imaging methods to study the development of language processing in children. The candidate will have the opportunity to advance state-of-the-art imaging hardware and analysis pipelines to support minimally constrained imaging of brain function in toddlers and school-aged children.
Job duties: The successful candidate will take the lead role on an NIH-funded neuroimaging project to optimize DOT imaging methods to study the development of language processing in children. The job responsibilities will include subject recruitment, acquiring functional brain imaging data, data analysis, management of human studies protocols, preparation of manuscripts, designing and building DOT imaging caps optimized for children of multiple ages.
The appointee has earned a Ph.D., M.D., D.Sc. or equivalent terminal or doctoral degree in related field.
The successful applicant should have a doctoral degree in physics, computer science, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, computational neuroscience, or a related field. She/he is expected to have a strong research background in method development and brain image analysis and should be able to work independently. Strong programming skills (for example, C/C++, MATLAB, and/or Python) are a must and prior experience with brain image-analysis packages (such as SPM, FSL, FreeSurfer, AFNI) is desirable. Additional preferred qualifications include experience working with children and experience using advanced analytic techniques (e.g., multivariate machine learning, network analysis). In addition, the candidate must also possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.