Research Associate or Postdoc Fellows for Image reconstruction, or fMRI signal processing

[center]Research Associate or Postdoc Fellows for Image reconstruction, or fMRI signal processing
(Immediately available through Sep 2022)[/center]

Hosting Institute: University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB). UMB and UMD are the two flagship research campuses of the University of Maryland and have become a joint research entity since 2016 which has been ranked among top 10 research institutions in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development Survey. UMB locates in the Inner Harbor Area, which is the most beautiful and the safest part of Baltimore. University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) is consistently growing in US News ranking (nearly one step up per year from #42 in 2006 to #27 in 2022). The total funding increased by 74%. For Department of Radiology, the total funding has been tripled since 2018.

Hosting lab: Professor Ze Wang’s imaging computing laboratory We started in UMB since 2019 and have been rapidly expanding with a more than 2x increase of total funding.

Benefit: highly competitive salary; position can be either a junior faculty or a postdoc depending on CV and candidate’s potential; great opportunities to work on the frontiers in machine learning, image reconstruction, advanced fMRI signal processing, and fun brain development and cognitive neuroscience; great opportunities to build academic careers.

Position 1: MR image reconstruction. This project is supported by an NIH R01 for up to four years. The project is a joint effort between UMSOM, University of Pennsylvania, and Siemens Healthineers for developing advanced Arterial Spin Labeling (ASL) Perfusion MRI sequence and post processing packages. The position in UMSOM will focus on image reconstruction using deep learning and ASL image processing. The ideal candidate should have background in one or more of the following fields: image reconstruction, machine learning, MR physics, electrical engineering, computer science, or applied mathematics. Research experience of MR image reconstruction is preferred.

Position 2: fMRI processing. This position is supported by an R01 for up to 4 years or longer. The aims of the project are to analyze large data (UKbiobank and ABCD) and to study the inter-regional information exchange in the resting brain and study how would that contribute or affect the connectome. We have on incoming senior research fellow to work on the latter topic and this new recruitment will focus on the large data analysis. However, we still consider applicants who are interested in the latter topic. The related background includes resting state fMRI processing skills using popular pipeline, python programming, data mining (auto-clustering and classification, signal detection etc), machine learning (including deep learning), time series analysis, and graph analysis (graph network and graph spectral processing).

Position 3: neuroimaging-based aging and development research. This position will be supported by a two year R21 grant in addition to our existing R01. This project can either focus on aging/AD or brain development. The major research vehicle is cerebral blood flow and resting state BOLD fMRI. Candidates should have publication experience in related topics. Experience of longitudinal analysis is preferred.

The three projects are all designed to develop cutting-edge methods or applications. Candidates for the three positions will have opportunities to learn new skills from MRI, signal processing, machine learning, and translational research, and will have lots of opportunities to build an academic career toward independence.

Interested candidates should send CV, personal statement (including research statement), and contact information for three referees to Dr. Ze Wang: