PhD position, Rodent neuroMRI to study perfusion and BOLD-based functional connectivity

WorkplaceAntwerpen, Flemish Region, Belgium


PhD position, Rodent neuroMRI to study perfusion and BOLD-based functional connectivity - 2019BAPFFBDEF187

University of Antwerp is seeking to fill the following full time vacancy (m/f) at the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Pharmacy-Veterinary and Biomedical sciences

PhD position in rodent neuroMRI to study perfusion and BOLD-based functional connectivity

A doctoral position is available for a multidisciplinary project that aims to study an animal model for Huntington’s Disease (HD) using different MRI modalities. The Bio-Imaging Lab has already great expertise in acquiring and analyzing BOLD-based functional connectivity (FC), perfusion (pCASL) data. In this project, the doctoral student will characterize the Q175 mouse model for HD and study the impact of mHTT suppression strategies, using advanced multimodal in vivo imaging techniques (MRI (brain perfusion, FC and quasi periodic (brain activity) patterns (QPP)) & PET) and immunohistochemistry. Data will be acquired on 7T and 9,4 T Bruker scanners. The project is multidisciplinary and masters a wide range of techniques including acquiring data of dedicated animal models, and image analysis.

The core R&D activity of the Bio-Imaging lab is experimental high resolution neuroMRI focusing on neurodegeneration, neuromodulation and neuroplasticity. The research is performed on rat and mouse models for different human neuropathologies and on songbirds as a model for neuroplasticity and learning. We have two 7Tesla 16 cm and one 9.4Tesla 20 cm horizontal bore in-vivo MRI scanners and a cryocoil from Bruker (Germany) and a desktop 4.7Tesla from MRSolutions (UK)).

Our group has access to micro PET/SPECT/CT and BLI and advanced image processing through other UA research teams with whom we are clustered into a large UA imaging consortium EGAMI ( Expert Group Antwerp Molecular Imaging ).

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree in neuroscience, biomedical sciences, biology, biochemistry, bio-engineer or related fields.
  • Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy .
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You have a FELASA C attest or willing to obtain one.
  • Preferably you have experience with (small animal) in-vivo Neuro MRI.
  • You are fluent in English and have strong communication skills.
  • Experience in one or more of: imaging, mathematics, computational neuroscience, programming (e.g., Matlab/Python/C/...) will be considered as a bonus.
  • We offer

  • a doctoral position for a period of one year, with the possibility of renewal for a further three-year period after positive evaluation;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment;
  • the start date is as soon as possible.
  • Interested?

  • Send your application, CV and two names of referees to an.ost [at] uantwerpen[.]be and jorn.engelmann [at] uantwerpen[.]be .
  • Deadline of application is July 21th, 2019.
  • Further information can be obtained from:

  • Prof. Marleen Verhoye, Tel:+32 (0)3 265 27 86, marleen.verhoye [at] uantwerpen[.]be ,
  • Prof. Annemie Van der Linden, Tel: + 32 (0)3 265 27 75, annemie.vanderlinden [at] uantwerpen[.]be ,
  • Secretary, Bio-Imaghing Lab: +32 (0) 3 265.27.80.
  • The University of Antwerp is a family friendly organization, with a focus on equal opportunities and diversity. Our HR-policy for researchers was awarded by the European Commission with the quality label HR Excellence in research .

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