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Brain Imaging Data Analysis and Data Management Specialist

 

The Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR; www.drcmr.dk) provides an exciting opportunity to work on funded projects that use advanced MR imaging techniques to understand brain networks and their functions. The successful candidate will participate in all aspects of data analysis and management related to lab projects, especially those related to the “Center for Integrated Molecular Brain Imaging (Cimbi; www.cimbi.dk)”.

Specific focus will be on analysis of structural MRI, Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), and functional MRI (fMRI) studies. Strong computer background and (expert) use of Linux, scripting, Matlab, and other programming skills (e.g. Perl, SQL) are preferred. Experience with signal/data processing, statistical analysis (e.g. SPSS, SAS), familiarity with MRI and fMRI data analysis and/or software (e.g. SPM, FSL, Freesurfer), or neuroanatomy is desirable.

Candidates should have a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, or related fields; Master's Degree preferred.

Additional training in image data analysis and management aspects will be provided locally, and through participation in relevant national and international courses, workshops, and conferences.

Initially the position is funded for two years.  As the use of MRI for diagnosis and research is steadily increasing at the DRCMR, in Cimbi and elsewhere job prospects afterwards are bright.

 

Further details


About the department

The DRCMR has a vibrant multi disciplinary and multi national working environment. Dedicated researchers with different backgrounds (engineering, physics, human biology, psychology, biology, medicine etc) work together on different research projects. Besides basic method oriented research the majority of projects are neuro-biologically oriented e.g. applying the numerous available scan methodologies and data analysis techniques to answer a wide variety of clinical, cognitive, and biological questions. Most projects are done in close collaboration with national and international collaborators (e.g. the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the University of Copenhagen, and the Copenhagen University Hospitals).

The department currently has 4 MR scanners, the latest a human 3 tesla scanner installed in 2002. Two older scanners will be substituted with new 1.5 and 3 tesla scanners in the end of 2008 - beginning of 2009. 

The department has it’s own computer network within the hospital’s network, thus ensuring the flexibility in choice of software and work flows necessary in a dynamic research environment. Additionally, data analysis of Cimbi related projects are done on the DTU computer cluster.

The DRCMR is located at Hvidovre Hospital (www.hvidovrehospital.dk) which part of the Capital region of Denmark and part of the Copenhagen University Hospital.

The job

Main tasks:

·       Being responsible for the technical aspects of MR projects related to Cimbi (for details see the Cimbi annual report). The applicant will report to senior researcher William Baaré and work closely with other researchers on Cimbi projects. In a more general sense the image analysis specialist will contribute to the quality and execution of clinical studies at the department.

·       Optimizing and developing image post-processing procedures and software.  This involves significant programming in Matlab on primarily Linux machines. Programming languages such as Perl and SQL are also used. Experience in statistical analysis (e.g. MATLAB, SPSS, SAS) is desirable.  The department has extensive software for imaging processing.  Besides in house developed software, open source code software libraries such as CAMINO, SPM, FSL, MIPAV, and Freesurfer are used extensively. A significant part of the work exists in developing and testing so-called pipelines in which available software is combined to solve specific tasks. Development of new solutions should only be done in case the task at hand cannot advantageously be solved with existing tools. Depending on the character of the work, newly developed methods should be published in scientific journals.

·       Participating in the general IT related tasks at the department and together with other technical personnel participating in the local “Tech of the Day” system.

Other tasks:

·       Ensuring a high quality of research through quality control.

·       Participating in training of non-technical personnel, especially those collaborating in research projects.

  

Conditions

The post is available from September 1st or as soon as possible thereafter. Salary is according qualifications and experience. For more information please contact senior researcher William Baaré (Tel. +45 3632 2978, e-mail [log in to unmask]; absent because of holiday between 05.07.08 and 26.07.08), or data processing coordinator Arnold Skimminge (Tel. +45 3632 2978, +45 61776157, email [log in to unmask]).

 

Procedure

Applications and Curriculum Vitae should preferably be submitted by email as one pdf-file to [log in to unmask]

Alternatively, the application can be send to William Baaré, MR Department 340, Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre, Kettegaards Allé 30, 2650 Hvidovre, Denmark.

Any potential applicant is invited to apply irrespective of age, sex, race, religion or ethnic background.

 

Applications must be received no later than: 15th August 2008.




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William  Baaré Ph.D.       Senior Researcher

Danish Centre for Magnetic resonance
MR-department, 340
Kettegaard AllÈ 30
Hvidovre Hospital                             tel:  00 45 3632 2978/2885
University of Copenhagen             fax:  00 45 3647 0302
2650 Hvidovre                               mail:  [log in to unmask]
Denmark                                        www:  www.drcmr.dk/ www.cimbi.dk
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