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Dr. Laura Walkup's laboratory within the Center for Pulmonary Imaging Research (CPIR) is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral fellow to develop magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) techniques for quantitative lung imaging. The fellow will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists to develop and translate novel proton and hyperpolarized-gas MRI techniques to understand regional lung structure-function relationships in clinical studies of children and adults. Currently-funded projects focus on rare-lung diseases including pulmonary complications of bone-marrow transplantation and cancer treatment, cystic fibrosis, and the childhood interstitial lung diseases. CCHMC has rich infrastructure to support research and translational science, and our imaging-research instrumentation includes three Philips 3T MRI scanners and three xenon gas polarizers. The ideal candidate will have a quantitative background in physical sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, or engineering) with training in magnetic resonance (EPR, NMR, or MRI). Candidates with expertise in hyperpolarized media, image reconstruction or analysis, in vivo imaging or spectroscopy, and/or programming languages such as MATLAB, Python, C++, are encouraged to apply.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Design, execute, and record laboratory experiments, and analyze the data.
Research and improve current methods and evaluate innovative techniques. Implement this knowledge in the Division/Department.
Present research at laboratory meetings, journal clubs, seminars, and meetings.
Draft, write, and edit scientific reports, papers, journal articles, abstracts, and grants.
Maintain currency in field through continuing education, literature, and seminars.
Attend required Cincinnati Children's training sessions and ensure regulatory compliance with all policies and procedures.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Cincinnati Children's Research and Training at a Glance
Among the top in NIH funding for pediatric research institutions
Over 1.4 million square feet of research laboratory space
900+ scientists conducting basic, translational, and clinical research
Over 2000 publications annually in top-tier journals
Access to Employee Resource Groups and Mentorship programs
Postdocs have gone on to careers in academia, biotech, pharma, teaching etc.
Ph.D. in related discipline, MD, or equivalent required
REQUIRED SKILLS: Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrate attention to detail, strong organizational skills, supervisory ability, and an innovative approach to experimental design. Computer literate and working knowledge of software applications (word processing, spreadsheet, and database). Analytical ability sufficient to compare data; mathematical ability sufficient to perform algebraic calculations and statistical analysis. Ability to synthesize information and to create and deal with new situations by applying past experiences. Expressed willingness to teach others and share results. Capable of meeting time demands necessary to execute experiments.
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