There is an immediate opening for a postdoctoral associate to work on two projects. The first and predominant effort is to apply machine- learning methods to fMRI data in real time in a project to test a new scheme to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using immersive virtual reality within a MRI scanner. fMRI brain data obtained from PTSD patients in the scanner will be analyzed to provide feedback to inform coping strategies. Results are expected to enable more effective treatment of PTSD, and improve our understanding of the mechanisms that create PTSD. A second project concerns the mechanisms of neurovascular coupling within the brain, the physiological basis of fMRI signals. The position is for one year, extendable to 3 years with strong performance and the availability of funding. Other projects in the lab include studies of visual function in cerebral cortex and sub-cortical brain regions using high-resolution fMRI methods. The laboratory has extensive access to the Core for Advanced MRI at Baylor College of Medicine, which features two Siemens 3T human MRI scanners, a 32-channel Trio, and a 64- channel Prisma.
- Ph.D. in Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Neuroscience, or equivalent
- 3 years experience in image- or signal-processing methods
- 5 years computer-programming experience
- Experience in machine-learning methods such as support-vector machines and neural networks
- Experience in MRI
- Experience in Matlab and Python
- Strong background in neuroscience