Postdoctoral research fellow in medical image computing and computational phenotyping

Sunday 11th July 2021

Organization: University of Colorado

Location: Denver, CO

Email Address antonio.porras@cuanschutz.edu

Closing date: N/A

Description: The Medical Image Phenotyping (MIP) lab at the University of Colorado (Anschutz Medical Campus) is looking for a motivated postdoctoral research fellow. The selected candidate will work primarily on a NIH-funded project that has the goal to quantitatively characterize head development in healthy children and children with cranial pathology using large medical image datasets. The outcomes of this project will improve pediatric healthcare directly and will establish the necessary scientific basis to better understand how pathology and genetic factors affect cranial development.

The candidate will also participate and receive training in grant proposal writing, will help in the supervision of graduate students and will maintain a fluent communication with our clinical partners. The MIP lab is committed to support the career growth of the candidate and their pathway to independence.

Requirements: • Have a PhD or be close to finish a PhD program in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent • Proactivity and excellent communication skills (oral and written) • Ability to work both independently and as a team member within a research environment • Track of peer-reviewed publications in the field of medical image computing

Desirable skills: • Proficiency in Python and C++ programming languages • Experience with ITK/simpleITK and/or VTK • Experience with machine learning • Experience with statistical modeling methods

Responsibilities: • Creation of novel image analysis and machine learning methods resulting in peer-reviewed publications • Application of image analysis and machine learning methods to create normative population references using large image datasets • Coordination with clinical collaborators • Contribution to lab activities and growth

We offer full benefits package and we are committed to diversity and equality in education and employment. Interested candidates are welcome to send their CV and cover letter to Antonio R. Porras (antonio.porras@cuanschutz.edu).

Research environment: The Medical Image Phenotyping lab is a joint effort between the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics (DBI) and the Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHC). • The DBI is part of the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) and brings together biostatisticians, data scientists and computer scientists to create data analysis methods and tools to find answers to public health problems. The CSPH is one of the 10 national Public Health Training Centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), it was ranked in the top 20 graduate schools in the nation in the 2020-2021 U.S. News and World Report ranking and is home to a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaboration Center on Promoting Family and Child Health. • The CHC is the only children’s hospital in Colorado and 12 surrounding states ranked in the top 10 children’s hospitals by the US News and World Report in 2020-2021 (ranked #6). The hospital is affiliated to the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) and dedicated $120 million to research only in 2018.

The DBI and CHC are at the center of the Anschutz Medical Campus – a modern education, research and patient care facility and one of the largest academic health centers in the west of the US. Built to promote multi-disciplinary collaborations, the campus includes a biomedical education area, a clinical area, and a research area with multiple centers and institutes that perform ground-breaking internationally renowned research. The two nationally ranked teaching hospitals on campus – The University of Colorado Hospital and the Children’s Hospital Colorado – treat 1.9 million patients each year.

Denver, Colorado: Most people working at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus live in the city of Denver, Colorado. Denver has been ranked as the second-best city to live in the 2020-2021 US News and World Reports. Nicknamed the Mile High City for its 5,280-foot elevation, Denver is one of the sunniest cities in America (300 days of sunshine a year on average) and its location at the base of the Rocky Mountains provides a gateway to a great number of outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking, mountain biking and whitewater rafting. The area of Denver is also home to a flourishing arts scene and music is a big part of life for Denver citizens, with world class music venues such as the Red Rocks Amphitheater. During the last decade, Denver’s popularity has grown significantly, and it has become one of the fastest growing cities in the US with over 20% population growth during the last 10 years. Because of the fast influx of migrants, Denver’s population is young and progressive, and millennials make up about 33% of the population now.