Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Neuroimaging

The University of Oulu is one of the largest universities in Finland. With about 14 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees it is a vibrant international scientific community. By combining multidisciplinary research and education, high-level infrastructure and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes, companies and the public sector it has created a significant research and innovation hub of “Science with Arctic Attitude”. More information http://www.oulu.fi/university/.

The position is located in the Oulu Functional NeuroImaging (http://www.oulu.fi/OFNI), which is part of the MIPT group at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Oulu, whose mission is to perform internationally significant research and to deliver high-level neuroimaging research ranging from mesoscale to macroscopic scale. WE perform glymphatic in vivo imaging research in tight collaboration with Oulu Biocenter microscopy EUBI-core facility led by professor Lauri Eklund. The mesoscopic data is used to deepen our human neuroimaging findings. Both data are synchronized with our new water-sensor technology developed with Oulu University Opto-electronic department with docent Teemu Myllylä. We do clinically motivated brain research with all neuro-psychiatric disciplines the Oulu University Hospital. Our goal is to develop image guided treatments for glymphatic clearance failure using BBB opening techniques such as intra-arterial mannitol and FUS illustrated above.

Subject field and the description of the position

The research focus of the OFNI group is advanced multimodal neuroimaging of glymphatic brain clearance pulsations, where we have published seminal papers on human brain clearance pulsations (https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23130864-200-best-look-yet-at-how-our-brains-sewage-system-flushes-out-waste/). We use ultra-fast 10 Hz whole brain MRI scanning combined with simultaneous DC-EEG, NIRS, continuous non-invasive blood pressure measurement and anesthesia monitoring. The research is internationally recognized cutting-edge neuroimaging and we collaborate with leading researchers like prof’s Nedergaard, Hynynen and Alitalo.

The details of the research project will be mutually agreed upon, based on the qualifications, interests, and expertise of the candidate. Candidates with expertise on MRI/fMRI and solid knowledge and working experience with published neuroimaging research will be considered.

The duration of the position is initially for 3 years. The starting date is March 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Required Qualifications and assessment

The successful applicant is required to have a recent PhD degree (postdoctoral fellow) and a recent MSc degree (doctoral student). Candidates whose PhD thesis has been submitted by the application deadline will also be eligible.

Experience in novel techniques of glymphatic brain imaging are our primary interest. However, also advanced experience in ultrafast NMR/MRI physics or functional neuroimaging are being considered valuable. Experience with fMRI analysis (FSL, AFNI, Matlab tool, Python) on Linux environment is preferred. Fluent oral and written English skills as well as good communication and teamwork skills are required. Demonstrated experience in writing scientific publications, potential in acquiring supplementary funding and teaching experience will be taken as merits.

When assessing the applicant’s qualifications, issues to be considered will include scientific publications, supervision experience, activity in the scientific community and familiarity with the research field. As part of the OFNI, the duties may also include multimodal scanning, supervising scientific research of BSc, MSc, and PhD students.

A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of a contract.

Salary

The salary is in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel) level 5 (postdoctoral researcher) or levels 2-4 (doctoral student). In addition, there is a share increase at most 50% of the base salary, which is based on personal achievements and performance.

Application Procedure

The following documents must be attached to the application (in English)

1) Motivation letter (1 – 2 pages)

2) CV with the names and contact details of 2 – 3 referees

3) Full publication list

4) Copies of relevant official degree

5) Reference letter from experienced glymphatic neuroimaging, or fast fMRI, researcher

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application system by Feb 15, 2019. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Interview

The top candidates for the post may be interviewed and asked to present their scientific work and experience.

For further information regarding the filling of this post:

Vesa Kivinieni Professor, PI of OFNI e-mail: vesa.kiviniemi@oulu.fi.

Tiina Hurskainen, HR Manager, email: tiina.hurskainen@oulu.fi