Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen

Three PhD positions in ultra high-field MRI

Job Offer from November 17, 2016

The MR Spectroscopy and Ultra-High field Methodology Research Group of the High-Field MR Center (MRC) at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tuebingen, Germany invites applications for three PhD positions in methodological development for ultra-high-field MRI. The global aim is the development of ultra-high-field MR spectroscopy technology for neuroscientific applications in humans with focus on psychiatric disorders and for application in the human myocardium.

Potential topics include:

  • pulse sequence and quantification methods development for 31 P and 13 C MRSI in brain and heart at 9.4 T
  • accelerated 1 H MRSI at 9.4T
  • sequence implementation and image reconstruction
  • development of novel image processing and quantification approaches for UHF MRSI
  • parallel transmit RF pulse design (especially spectral-spatial and multi-band) and is implementation at the 9.4T human MRI system

The MRC Department is equipped with two whole body Siemens MRI scanners (3 T and 9.4 T) and one rodent Bruker 14.1 T MRI scanner, RF lab and a biochemical lab for MR contrast agent development. Collaboration with the Biomedical Imaging group at the Institute of Physics, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald, Germany with access to a 3T clinical MRI system and a 7T rodent MRI system is foreseen.

Your profile

Applicants for this position should have an physics, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, computational science, physical chemistry or applied mathematics background, good programming skills in MATLAB and C++, experience in either magnetic resonance tomography or (N)MR spectroscopy, signal- and image processing or the development of medical software, work independently, get acquainted with new methods and knowledge quickly, be able to work in a team with a RF engineer, postdoctoral fellows and fellow PhD students, be willing to work with experimental hardware and interested in clinical applications.

Our offer

The position is financially secured for the entire duration of the PhD by an ERC starting grant (SYNAPLAST MR) and is available immediately. Payment on a PhD contract base is 50% of TVöD Bund EG 13.

Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce. Applications from disabled persons are explicitly encouraged and will be favoured in the case of equally qualified applicants.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Your application

Applications should include a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, if applicable a list of publications (peer-reviewed original articles; review articles; book chapters; conference contributions; other), PhD and Master certificates (including a list of classes taken during Bachelor and Master studies and grades obtained); three references (contact details or reference letters) and a short summary of past research experience and future research interests.

All materials should be sent to electronically or to

Prof. Dr. Anke Henning
Research Group leader
MRC Department
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Spemannstrasse 41
72076 Tuebingen

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