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[Emploi] Post-doctoral position in Compartment-specific modeling of brain metabolite diffusion, CEA

Publié en ligne le 25 mars 2019

Post-doctoral position
Compartment-specific modeling of brain metabolite diffusion


Job description: The present offer is for a 4.5-year post-doctoral position funded by a grant from the European Research Council (LactaDiff project, PI: Julien Valette) and available now. The post-doc will work on the development of diffusion modeling and diffusion data analysis. More specifically, he/she will be developing models to predict diffusion-weighted MR signal inside different cell populations (neurons and astrocytes) and in the extracellular space. Conversely, diffusion-weighted MR spectroscopy data will be analyzed to determine the relative fraction of brain metabolites, and in particular lactate, in these different compartments.

Modeling will be mostly based on numerical simulations of diffusion-weighted MR signal inside compartment geometries as directly extracted from ex vivo optical or electron microscopy, or inside parameterized geometries that remain to be implemented to some extent, in particular for the extracellular space. These new methods will be evaluated on data acquired in rodents and humans at 11.7 T.
Location and environment: The work will be performed in MIRCen, a preclinical research center part of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), located in the CEA site of Fontenay-aux-Roses (5 km south from Paris). MIRCen is equipped with state-of-the-art 11.7 T MRI scanner for rodents, and provides on-site expertise and access to confocal microscopes, gene transfer...

Candidate profile: The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in biophysics/physics/computer sciences or related fields. Salary will be commensurate with experience (past post-docs, etc…). He/she should be highly motivated, creative, and willing to collaborate with people having different backgrounds, in particular neurobiologists. The candidate should be fluent in English or in French. The candidate should be an expert in at least one of the following domains, and willing to deeply engage in the other:
- MR physics and sequences, diffusion-weighted MR.
- Diffusion physics and mathematics.
- Computer programming and computational methods, including Matlab and C languages, 3D modeling and rendering, Monte Carlo simulations, parallel computing, GPU programming, machine learning.

Contact info: CVs and application letters, as well as requests for additional information, should be sent to Julien Valette by email at the following address: julien.valette _at_ cea.fr