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Two open positions on ERC StG- awarded ‘FIREPATH’

Non invasive mapping of activity within white matter fibers is currently out of reach, including for fMRI techniques whose contrast relies on the hemodynamic response to neural activity. Diffusion fMRI (dfMRI) relies instead on activity-dependent dynamic fluctuations in neuron and astrocyte microstructure. We propose FIREPATH, a dfMRI-based method, to fill the gap of detecting activity also in the brain white matter and enable a first-of-its-kind comprehensive mapping of brain function across gray and white matter on clinical MRI scanners.
FIREPATH was awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant and is funded by SEFRI (Swiss relay to Horizon Europe).

#1: Postdoctoral position in diffusion fMRI

On this mission, we are looking for an ambitious scientist to develop and validate FIREPATH on clinical MRI systems. This includes novel sequence implementation, task and resting-state fMRI experiments in highly controlled conditions, and innovative data analysis methods.
A strong PhD background in MRI physics, fMRI and/or diffusion MRI, as well as experimental work are mandatory.
START DATE: Sept – Dec, 2022. The position is open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply early. Funding is available for two years, with possible extension.

Interested? Email Ileana! To apply: CHUV job portal.

#2: PhD position in diffusion fMRI simulations

This doctoral position involves the development of a comprehensive simulation framework for FIREPATH, with increasingly complex substrates for brain white and gray matter, and applying it to bridge experimental dfMRI measurements with underlying brain activity. Collaboration with Dr. Marco Palombo (Cardiff U).
A strong scientific background and programming proficiency are mandatory. Previous master-level experience with MRI is a significant plus.
START DATE: Sept – Dec 2022. The position is open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply early. Funding is available for four years.

Interested? Email Ileana! To apply: CHUV job portal.

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