Research Associate

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-05-22
Req: R0000966
The Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, along with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, at the University of Virginia invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join the laboratory of Dr. Michael Salerno. The research group is a team of cardiology and biomedical engineering investigators who are developing novel advanced cardiac MRI (CMR) techniques and translating them into clinical practice.

The candidate would work on our NIH funded project to develop novel CMR pulse sequences and reconstruction techniques for high-resolution whole-heart quantitative myocardial perfusion imaging and to evaluate these methods in ischemic heart disease.

The major projects in the lab are:

1) To develop advanced techniques for whole-heart quantitative CMR myocardial perfusion imaging and apply these techniques to study ischemic heart disease.

2) To develop rapid free-breathing self-gated techniques for fast acquisition of CMR images of function, perfusion, and myocardial scar.

3) To develop and apply novel T1 mapping techniques and other tissue characterization methods to improve the accuracy of assessing myocardial fibrosis.

Responsibilities of the position include the implementation of advanced Cartesian and non-Cartesian pulse sequences, image registration, the development of parallel imaging/compressed sensing reconstruction techniques, and the development of post-processing pipelines.

This position is restricted and is contingent upon funding. The initial appointment is for 1 year and is anticipated to be renewed for an additional 2-3 years.

Please attach a curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of research interest, and contact information for three references to your application.

Postdoctoral employment is temporary and is normally limited to an individual who has been awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within the previous five years1 and who will be involved in full-time research or scholarship at the University. Employment as a Postdoctoral Research Associate is viewed as training and is preparatory for a full-time academic or research career, is supervised by a senior scholar, and allows the appointee to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship during the training period.

The position will remain open until filled.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Michael Salerno, MD PhD, via email at [email protected]

  • Full-time research or scholarship at the University.
  • Preparatory for a full-time academic or research career
  • Supervised by a senior scholar, and allows the appointee to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.


Education: PhD or equivalent in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a closely related field by appointment start date

Experience: Significant experience in the development and implementation of pulse sequences or image reconstruction techniques. Experience with the Siemens IDEA and ICE environments is preferred.
Licensure: None

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 2/26/2019
Application Due: 4/27/2019
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