Postdoctoral position in MR relaxometry of biotissue

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is one of the key diagnostic methods for a wide range of diseases in humans. However, the information that can be accessed on conventional medical scanners is limited by the typical field strengths used. A number of contrast properties become accessible only at very low magnetic field strength, or in combination with variable magnetic fields. This new EU-funded Horizon-2020 project addresses these shortcomings by developing new hardware, methods, models and analyses towards establishing variable-field MRI for clinical use.

Within the EU consortium, the group at TU Ilmenau is responsible for experimental determination of relaxation profiles with its existing Fast Field Cycling relaxometers, focussing on a range of tissue samples ex-vivo such as cartilage, tumour or brain, but also in-vivo experiments; for finding and assessing suitable model tissue materials; for studying the influence of tissue properties on the relaxation dispersions; for developing theoretical models for the complex signal behaviour in tissue; and for designing optimized analysis strategies as tools for future early-stage diagnostics.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in physics, medical physics, biochemistry or related disciplines. He/she will be responsible for all aspects of the project part in Ilmenau, i.e. experiments, modelling and data analysis. Skills in handling biological tissue will be expected but can be acquired within the group. The candidate should be a well-balanced individual able to take responsibility and to work efficiently in an international team, as well as assuming teaching responsibilities. Furthermore, he/she will remain in close contact with the project partners in five European countries, which involves frequent teleconferences, mutual visits and exchange of information.

The position is available from Jan 01, 2016 or the earliest convenient date, for an initial period of 2 years, with an option to prolongation for the complete duration of the project of 4 years in total. The salary is in accordance with the TV-L E13 scale of the German public sector (35.000 – 40.000 € per year before tax, depending on work experience).

The Technische Universität Ilmenau aims to establish gender equality and highly encourages applications by female candidates. Handicapped applicants with identical qualification will be considered with priority. Special services are available concerning all social matters.

Please submit your applications by Nov 30, 2015 to:

Prof. Siegfried Stapf

Dept. Technical Physics II/Polymer Physics

TU Ilmenau

PO Box 100565

98684 Ilmenau