Postdoctoral Associate - Human Functional MRI - Neuroscience (90002091)

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7084357 (Ref:8458-en_US)

Posted: August 31, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The High-Resolution Brain Imaging Lab is dedicated to better understanding and use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). We utilize a mixture of human experiments and computational modeling. Experiments make use of sophisticated methods in visual cortex and subcortical structures that enable detailed measurements of the physics and physiology of human brain function. We believe that fMRI provides an extremely informative window about brain function when interpreted as a quantitative metric of metabolic substrates rather than a rough correlate of neuronal electrical activity. The lab has immediate access to two top-of-the-line Siemens Prisma 3T scanners, as well as a Siemens Terra 7T scanner two blocks away at Methodist Hospital. All scanners are equipped with advanced research sequences for BOLD fMRI and ASL measurements. We have ongoing collaborations with Siemens and the University of Southern California (Danny Wang’s lab) to develop novel sequences. Computational work makes use of a local cluster of high-performance compute and file servers owned exclusively by our lab.



Job Purpose

Postdoctoral Associates are trainees working in an apprenticeship mode in preparation for a career as a scientific professional.

Job Duties

  • Designs, executes, and analyzes experiments that investigate the physics and physiology of brain function.
  • Implements experimental designs for project goals.
  • Develops appropriate stimuli for experiments using tools such as the PsychToolbox, configure protocols on local MRI scanners, recruit and scan subjects, then analyze results.
  • Requires strong familiarity with MRI, including the physics and physiology of fMRI.
  • Strong coding ability in Matlab, Python, or equivalent is required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MD or Ph.D. in Basic Science, Health Science, or a related field.
  • No experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychology, engineering (e.g., electrical, biomedical, mechanical), or related field.
  • Understanding of BOLD and ASL pulse sequences.


  • Strong understanding of BOLD and ASL pulse sequences.





Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.



Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. - Diversity, respect, and inclusiveness create an environment that is conducive to academic excellence, and strengthens our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity, and ensuring a broader perspective. - Diversity helps position Baylor to reduce disparities in health and healthcare access and to better address the needs of the community we serve. - Baylor is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds by providing a welcoming, supportive learning environment for all members of the Baylor community.

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