MRI Research Faculty

University of Missouri School of Medicine & MU Health Care
Columbia, Missouri
Apr 01, 2024
Apr 08, 2024
Role Type
Position Type
Full Time
Work Mode
Employment Type
Organization Type
Academic, Hospital / Health System
MRI Research Faculty
All Ranks
All Tracks

The University of Missouri - Columbia is expanding and adding to its research faculty. The Department of Radiology has an opening for an MRI research faculty, all ranks, all tracks. At MU we have a 7T MRI (Terra, Siemens) located in our NextGen Precision Health Institute adjacent to the University Hospital. Also located in the NextGen Precision Health Institute, the Department of Radiology has a 3T MRI (Vida, Siemens) and PET/CT (Biograph, Siemens). The imaging facility at NextGen serves clinical patients, human research subjects and large animal research subjects, and there is dedicated time and space for research. In addition, the radiology department has three 3T and four 1.5T MRI scanners (5 Siemens, 2 GE). MU has a Master Research agreement with Siemens and two on-site Siemens engineers. Join MU and enjoy the support of the chair and the institution as you grow your research program. Faculty rank and position will be commensurate with credentials and experience.

We are actively growing our MRI research program. We have on-going, highly successful research in developing novel strategies and hardware for overcoming the challenges of B0 and RF inhomogeneity at ultra-high field. Other 7T work at UM focuses on spectroscopy, spectroscopic imaging, perfusion and fMRI. Specific areas of application include research and clinical neuroimaging in addiction, aging, dementia and brain tumors. In addition, we have successful research programs in hyperpolarized gas MRI and novel reconstruction methods for cardiac MRI.

The 7T NextGen Precision Health MR system is a 60cm bore FDA approved system equipped with XR Connectome level gradients up to 80mT/m and 200T/m/s slew rates on each axis. The system is switchable between single (8kW peak) and 8 channel parallel transmit (8x2kW) modes and has available the Nova 1H 1x32, 8x32 head coils and the research mode multi-nuclear option enabling 13C, 23Na, 31P, 19F, 7Li, 17O and 129Xe. All neuro research studies are performed with the decoupled transceiver arrays (1H 8x2, 8x1, 16x1, and 31P/1H dual transceiver 8x1, Resonance Research Inc.). Passive and active shimming are implemented with 1st and 2nd order shims, in addition to four 3rd order shims. A very high order shim insert VHOS-380-18S (Resonance Research Inc., equipped with all 3rd, eight 4th and two 5th order terms) is routinely used with all spectroscopy and EPI acquisitions. The system is powered by a 50 channel MXD power supply at 5A/channel. With high accuracy field mapping and shimming, whole brain static shimming typically achieves better than 25 to 35Hz standard deviation.

Standard physiological monitoring includes ECG, pulse, respiratory monitoring with triggering enabled user controls. The system is equipped with a fMRI paradigm presentation system for functional studies using Avotec Silent Vision and audio systems.

Minimum Qualifications: PhD in Physics/Medical Physics, Engineering or related field with experience in MRI research.

Candidates will be evaluated on: strong technical MRI or MRS backgrounds and/or interest in clinical or research applications of MRI or MRS at are encouraged to apply. Experience with high-field MRI is desirable but not required. Highly creative with exceptional abstract problem-solving abilities and attention to detail. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, particularly the ability to present and publish complex scientific approaches and results in an interdisciplinary field as well as to maintain clear and concise documentation.

Employees of the University of Missouri and University of Missouri Healthcare are eligible for the

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