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Postdoc in multimodal imaging and brain networks within developmental neuropsychiatry

Are you interested in unravelling how alterations in brain network function and structure contribute to developmental psychiatric disorders? Do you thrive working in inspiring multidisciplinary teams, which bridge between computational modelling, brain mapping, and clinical neuroscience? Then you are the person we are looking for!

The Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) at Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre (Denmark) is seeking a 3-year postdoc in multimodal imaging and brain networks within the field of developmental psychiatry. Together with our strong clinical collaborators at the Child and Aolescent Psychiatry Unit, we have ongoing projects including the Danish High Risk and Resilience Study (VIA) (https://www.drcmr.dk/via) as well as a clinical trial looking at treatment effects of family-based cognitive therapy in children and adolescents with obsessive compulsive disorder (TECTO) (https://www.drcmr.dk/tecto). Besides these ongoing studies, we are currently initiating two novel brain mapping studies within the same area. The first study is a longitudinal study including children at familial high risk for eating disorders. The other upcoming study includes healthy children and will later in a follow up study include individuals with psychosis.

The postdoc will mainly participate in and support the upcoming projects, with a focus on image processing, analysis, and multimodal integration. However, the postdoc will also have the possibility to initiate their own sub-studies within the ongoing projects. The postdoc will be a member of the “Developmental Psychiatry” group at DRCMR (https://www.drcmr.dk/developmental-psychiatry) and have ample possibilities to interact with researchers who are working on related multimodal neuroimaging studies.

Your profile:

You should be a highly motivated internationally minded team player with the following qualifications:

  • You hold a PhD degree in Neuroscience, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering or a related field.
  • You have experience with functional and or structural MR data analysis.
  • You are interested in computational modeling of multi-modal brain imaging data, previous experience would be advantageous.
  • You have an interest and/or experience in mechanism/pathophysiology related to child- and adolescent mental health and developmental neuropsychiatry.
  • You enjoy being part of a multidisciplinary and international research team and integrating technological innovations into your neuroscience research.
  • You have documented programming experience in e.g., Matlab or Python.
  • As a person, you have a good team spirit, are innovative and constructive as well as possess research excitement.
  • You possess good English communication skills.
The project will be carried out at the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) which is a leading research centre for biomedical MRI in Europe (www.drcmr.dk). Our mission is to triangulate MR physics and basic physiology from preclinical to clinical research. Approximately 75 researchers from a diverse range of disciplines are currently pursuing basic and clinically applied MR research and its validation with a focus on structural, functional, and metabolic MRI of the human brain and its disorders. The DRCMR is embedded in the Center for Functional and Diagnostic Imaging and Research, a large diagnostic imaging department including all biomedical imaging modalities at the Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre.

The DRCMR has a state-of-the-art research infrastructure for preclinical and human medical imaging, which includes six whole-body MR scanners (one 7T, four 3T and one 1.5T scanners), preclinical 7T scanner, a High-Performance Computer cluster and several state-of-the-art laboratories for electrophysiology and non-invasive brain stimulation.

The project will be supervised by Research Fellow Melissa Larsen and Prof. Hartwig Siebner (DRCMR).

Starting date: is expected to be May 1st, 2024.

Salary and Terms of Employment

You will be employed as a postdoc for a period of 3 years. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Regions (Danske Regioner) and the relevant professional organization. The salary depends on background education and seniority. Further, supplements can be negotiated. Note that candidates coming from abroad may be eligible for tax reductions. The position is open for candidates of all nationalities.

We see diversity as strength and encourage all persons regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, disabilities or religion to apply.

Applications should include a cover letter, references, list of publications and CV.

Applications must be submitted on-line through the RegionH job portal.

Application deadline: March 5th, 2024 at 23:59 (CET)

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Job interviews are expected to be held shortly after the application deadline.

Further information
If you have questions concerning the project, you are more than welcome to contact Research Fellow Melissa Larsen via mail at melissal@drcmr.dk +45 3862 6446 or Professor Hartwig Siebner hartwig@drcmr.dk.


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