Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics and Neurology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Kate Stuart
July 7, 2016

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center is pleased to announce an opening for a full-time post-doctoral fellow to carry out research in advanced MR imaging and related image analysis in patients with cerebrovascular disease (cervical and intracranial stenosis). The fellow will be involved in an NIH-funded clinical research program focusing on early detection of stroke risk factors in several populations of patients (including children and adults with sickle cell disease, adult with cerebral vasculopathy and intracranial stenosis) with an emphasis on cerebrovascular reactivity, collateral perfusion, and cerebral blood volume.

Fellowship research activities will include interacting with clinicians and coordinating patient studies, neuroimaging data acquisition, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and conference presentations. The fellow will gain experience in the supervision and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate research trainees and research staff. The candidate will develop his/her own independent research projects under the mentorship of fellowship supervisors, Drs. Manus Donahue  and Lori Jordan. An area of training emphasis for this fellowship is mentoring the candidate in grant writing with several intramural and extramural funding sources available for the fellow to develop an independently-funded project.


Resources & Training Environment

Vanderbilt is one of the top 15 medical schools in the United States with over $400 million in annual federal funding. Vanderbilt’s research environment is exceptionally strong and well positioned to support the training and promotion of post-doctoral fellows, including the Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET;, the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR;, and the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS; In particular, our state-of-the-art VUIIS Center for Human Imaging includes two Philips 3T scanners with 32 receiver channels, one Philips 7T scanner with 32 receiver channels, and a full complement of MRI and physiological equipment. Vanderbilt University is located in Nashville, TN. Nashville enjoys a mild climate, and has been named as America’s friendliest city for three years in a row, one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family (Fortune magazine), the number one most popular U.S. city for corporate relocations (Expansion Management magazine), and one of the 25 cities most likely to have the country's highest job growth over the coming five years (Forbes magazine).


Candidate Requirements

Candidates should have a PhD in biomedical engineering, biophysics, computer science, neuroscience, or a related discipline at the time of fellowship appointment with prior experience in MR analysis, preferably BOLD fMRI and/or ASL, and an interest in learning new techniques. Programming skills in Matlab, Unix/Linux and scientific computing, as well as experience with FSL or FreeSurfer, are highly desired. Due to new NIH funding, the full-time position is available immediately and is available for up to three years. Candidates must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time of appointment and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.


Deadline: Mon, 08/15/2016


Contact Info. / Where to Apply / Required Application Documents (e.g. cover letter, CV): Please email Manus Donahue ( and Lori Jordan ( with a cover letter detailing your interest in this position (including your past relevant research and work experiences), your current curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references (to include at least one professional and one academic reference). Be sure to specify in your cover letter that you are applying for the “Neuroimaging Post-doctoral Fellowship in Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so early submission is strongly encouraged.