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Postdocs / PhD Candidates (f/m/d) in Population-based MRI Analysis
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)
The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a unique
non-university research center which is dedicated to the subject dementia
and all its areas, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases. The center
compasses the full spectrum of fundamental research through population
sciences to health care research. The DZNE stands for excellence in research
and science management, translation of scientific results into practice, interdisciplinarity
and internationalization. It is a research center within the Helmholtz
Organization of German research centers. With over 1,000 employees from
55 nations, spread over 10 sites, the DZNE is one of the national and international
leading research centers in its research field.
Within the area of Population Health Sciences at the DZNE in Bonn we are
Postdocs/PhD Candidates (f/m/d)
in Population-based MRI Analysis
We study determinants and biomarkers of normal and pathological mental and
physical health function over the adult life course, with a special emphasis on
neurodegenerative diseases and ageing. The research is primarily based on
the Rhineland Study, a prospective population-based cohort study that will run
for decades. Brain imaging is an essential part of our data collection and prominent
in our research. All eligible study participants undergo an advanced 1h
MRI protocol at each examination. The core protocol acquires state-of-the-art
anatomical, functional and structural connectivity data in the whole brain with
high isotropic resolution. A "free protocol" with varying sequences addresses
additional research questions in subgroups. We already have brain imaging
data from thousands of participants, data collection is ongoing. We work with
an interdisciplinary team of image analyzers, IT experts, epidemiologists and
other data scientists to build the relevant image analysis pipelines and perform
further feature extraction and data analysis. The research is led by Prof.
Monique M.B. Breteler, Director of Population Health Sciences, and conducted
in close collaboration with the MR Image Analysis group of Prof. Martin Reuter
and the MR Physics group of Prof. Tony Stöcker.
We are looking for enthusiastic and ambitious researchers to join us within this
area of MR image analysis. We are specifically looking for candidates to cover
the following domains:
Functional Image Analysis
. Primary tasks focus on building and applying the
pipelines for rsfMRI data.
Besides building and applying the relevant imaging analysis pipelines, you will
analyse data, prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals,
and actively participate in national and international conferences. Postdocs are
further expected to supervise graduate students and, depending on level of
expertise, will be offered the opportunity to develop and lead their own research
projects as it fit within the general research interests of our group.
You should have an excellent degree in neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience,
biomedical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics/physics or a
related field and a strong research background in MR Image analysis. We
further expect you to have experience with existing tools for MR Image analysis
and relevant programming experience (MATLAB, Python, C/C++, R, unix shell
scripts). Working experience with large-scale neuroimaging data processing
in epidemiological research or large-scale clinical studies is highly desirable.
Demonstrable interest in empirical quantitative research, strong analytical
skills, ability for independent and critical thinking, and excellent communication
and writing skills in the English language are a prerequisite.
Interesting and challenging work on the forefront of health research in a
highly interdisciplinary and international team. Common language at work is
will be integrated into the Bonn International Graduate
School of Clinical and Population Science. Extensive further training options
exist and will be provided as needed. The position is initially limited to three
years with the possibility of extension. Employment, payment and social
benefits are consistent with those at other research institutes.
is initially for two years with the possibility of extension.
Employment, payment and social benefits are determined by the Public
Sector Collective Agreement (TVöD-Bund)
The professional qualification of early career researchers is of great importance
for DZNE. Besides special offers for career development and support, the DZNE
also provides researchers career opportunities in form of junior research groups
or internal career paths to obtain scientific independence.
You will obtain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification at
DZNE. The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. It especially welcomes
and encourages disabled individuals to apply.
Please apply via: