Post-doctoral Position in Image Analysis and Translational Aortic Research

Monday 24th February 2020

The University of Michigan Department of Radiology is looking to fill a post-doctoral position in the areas of Medical Image Analysis and Translational Aortic Imaging Research. We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who are interested in applying their technical skills to advance the development and clinical translation of novel techniques for assessment of patients with disease of the thoracic aorta. We seek applicants who are curious, self-motivated, and who have a desire to improve the care of patients through advanced medical imaging.

The project, directed by Dr. Nicholas Burris, is focused on the development of a novel medical image analysis technique, Vascular Deformation Mapping (VDM), which allows for three-dimensional assessment of disease progression in thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection. This project is focused on the development and commercialization of VDM and is supported by an NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant in collaboration with a medical image analysis software company (Imbio, LLC). Our multi-disciplinary group involves close collaboration between investigators in the Departments of Radiology (Dr. Nicholas Burris), Biomedical Engineering (Dr. C. Alberto Figueroa), and Cardiac Surgery (Dr. Himanshu Patel). The post-doctoral researcher will be involved in the technical development of VDM, and applying and analyzing VDM among a large population of patients with thoracic aortic disease at University of Michigan.

The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. in the fields of in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, CSE/EECS, or equivalent field. This project involves advanced analysis of medical imaging data (CT and MRI) and thus experience with image segmentation, image registration and/or image-based computational modeling are highly desired. Top applicants will have experience in machine learning/deep learning techniques. Proficiency in Python and MATLAB is required. The position will start July 1, 2020, or as soon as feasible by mutual agreement.

Candidates should submit the following materials electronically to Dr. Nicholas Burris. Please email nburris@med.umich.edu the following:
1. A current curriculum vitae.
2. Two publications or other writing samples.
3. The name and contact information for 2-3 references that are familiar with your work.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a 1-year position that is extendable to 3 years, conditional on performance. salary will be set according to the NIH post- doctoral stipend guidelines.

The team has access to state-of-the-art computational facilities for medical imaging analysis including advanced segmentation/CAD software (Mimics & 3-matic, Materialize) and high-performance cluster computing infrastructure. The successful candidate will: conduct collaborative research, author and co-author peer-reviewed publications and present findings at professional meetings, and assist in supervision and training of undergraduate and graduate students. Desirable characteristics include: strong collaborative aptitude, excellent written and oral communication abilities, and excellent quantitative and analytical skills. The successful applicant will enjoy ample training and networking opportunities. The integration with the Medical School will expose the applicant to high-level translational cardiovascular research.
University of Michigan is a top University and with Engineering, Radiology, and Surgery Departments ranked in the top 10 of the Nation. Ann Arbor is regularly rated one of the best cities to live in America.   

Organization  University of Michigan
Location  Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A.
Title  Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email nburris@med.umich.edu