The Department of Imaging Physics offers opportunities for talented physicists, engineers and computational scientists to enhance their research skills by participating in our Postdoctoral Research Fellows program.
Individual faculty mentor fellows working on specific funded research projects for terms of up to five years. Fellows are provided the opportunity to broaden research knowledge by attending research seminars in the Department of Imaging Physics, as well as Division of Diagnostic Imaging, Institutional Grand Rounds and other departmental seminars appropriate for their research projects across the institution.
A mentoring program allows the Fellows and the faculty mentors to track their progress towards becoming independent research investigators.
Opportunities also exist to audit courses in the Medical Physics Program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) to augment their education or in preparation for application to a CAMPEP-accredited residency for those who wish to incorporate clinical medical physics practice into their careers.
Research in our department is primarily translational, including instrumentation development, technique development, dosimetry and modeling of biomedical imaging related topics. The faculty is composed of basic scientists running independent research programs/laboratories and academically oriented clinical medical physicists conducting research projects in their areas of expertise.
The department manages an NCI-funded and state-of-the-art Small Animal Imaging Facility (SAIF) with 3 laboratories. We also have access to dedicated human imaging research equipment through the Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI).
Research instrumentation currently includes:
- In SAIF we have 2 x 7 T and 1 x 4.7 T MR imaging/spectroscopy systems (Bruker Biospec), an Oxford Systems DNP SpinLab hyperpolarizer, a Bruker Albira PET/SPECT/CT scanner, a Precision Medical 225X image-guided small animal irradiation platform, several ultrasound and optical imaging systems.
- In CABI we have 3T GE 750W wide-bore (70 CM) whole-body MR scanner with full image-guided therapy accessories and anesthesia capability, a 3 T GE 750 whole-body scanner, a 3 T Siemens Prisma whole-body scanner (available in January 2017), a GE CT scanner and a GE 690 PET/CT scanner.
- Multiple computational platforms within the department, a high-performance computing cluster at MD Anderson and access to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at UT Austin.
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Postdoctoral Fellows are mentored by individual faculty members to work on specific funded research projects for terms of up to five years.
A position for a postdoctoral fellow or research scientist in Magnetic Resonance Imaging is immediately available in the Department of Imaging Physics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The position offers a great opportunity to work on a wide range of clinically-relevant MR application and technique developments, with an emphasis in body oncologic imaging. The successful candidate should have a PhD in bioengineering, physics, or related field. Solid computer programming skills are a requirement. Strong knowledge of imaging principles and image processing techniques is desirable. Experience working with Siemens MRI scanners is also desirable.
Protected research time is available for research on a newly-installed and fully-configured Siemens Prisma 3T scanner. The institution has over 30 whole-body MRI scanners from GE and Siemens for patient care and three dedicated 3 T research systems (including the Prisma). Strong and established research collaborations are in place with both Siemens and General Electric. Ample opportunity exists for collaboration with medical physicists, radiologists, radiation oncologists and other cancer specialists at MD Anderson and in the Texas Medical Center. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Interested candidates should send a CV with three references and a letter of application to:
Jingfei Ma, Ph.D.
Department of Imaging Physics
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler Street, Unit 1472
Houston, TX 77030
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The research focus is the development of image reconstruction techniques for quantitative magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and parameter mapping. Research topics include high dimensional inverse problems with l1-like regularization and MR signal model development, including model validation and model selection under measurement uncertainty.
The candidate will be expected to work in a highly interdisciplinary research environment with scientists and clinicians throughout MD Anderson, while also collaborating with industrial partners. Applications will be developed for use in a clinical network that includes over 20 MR scanners on-campus. The candidate will have access to department computing resources, the institutional High Performance Computing Center cluster (HPCC), and allocations to Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).
Candidates should be proficient in scientific computing and should have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment in Physics, any Engineering discipline, or Applied Mathematics/Statistics. Experience with MR physics, operations in Fourier space, and/or image reconstruction is preferred.
To be considered for this position, please forward a research statement and curriculum vitae to:
Ken-Pin Hwang, Ph.D.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler Street
Houston, TX 77030