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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, Department of Radiology

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Job ID: 14865

Updated: May 15, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area: Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
Duration: Two years (with the possibility of extension)
Start Date: April 1, 2018
Salary: Minimum $40,000.00/ year

The Department of Radiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in applying functional NIRS imaging in studies of concussion

Job Description:

We are seeking a highly motivated scientist for a post-doctoral position aimed at studying neurological disorders, with a focus on concussion and brain injury, using functional brain imaging. Our team has shown that functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), a method capable of assessing brain oxygenation and activity, may be useful for detecting mild traumatic brain injury or concussion. The successful candidate will join our rapidly growing research group of neuroscientists, engineers and physicists, led by Dr. Jeff F. Dunn.

The lab is a world leader in the use of high field MRI and near-infrared spectroscopy to study neurological disease models and translate methods to clinical use. It contains a wide range of NIRS equipment, including the NIRX, TechEn CW7, two Hamamatsu NIRO systems, two ISS oxyplex systems and a custom-built broadband system dedicated to studies of preclinical models. The lab also includes a high field 9.4T MRI for animal research. There are strong linkages with clinical and MRI programs including those at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Seaman Family MR Centre. We have exceptional clinical collaborators from WinSport Medicine Clinic, the University of Calgary Sports Medicine Centre, the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Foothills Medical Centre.


Candidates must possess have Ph.D. level training, have expertise in functional imaging using fNIRS or fMRI, have strong mathematical and processing skills and have an interest in optical brain imaging. The individual will be responsible for leading the team in undertaking our fNIRS concussion study. Although fNIRS experience is not required, the candidate should be highly motivated to learn this method, since it will be the main acquisition technology. Additionally, expertise in one or more computer processing languages (i.e. MATLAB, C++, python etc.) and the technical ability to develop new processing methods is needed. Preference will be given to people who also have a strong neurological background. The person also needs to be able to work independently and yet work well in a team environment.

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Applicants please email a CV and cover letter to: Maria Beketskaia

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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