Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPICBS)

Diffusion Imaging Expert

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPICBS)

Leipzig, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany (MPI CBS) is offering a position as a

Diffusion Imaging Expert

The successful candidate will work on:

  • Developing and optimizing methods for advanced diffusion imaging; with particular focus on the 3T Connectom system
  • Higher order diffusion models exploiting the high gradient amplitude of the 3T Connectom MRI system (e.g. axonal diameter measurements)
  • Working at the interface between data acquisition and data analysis, informing each other
  • Providing training and advice specifically for the analysis of diffusion data and particularly for the MRI data from the Connectom scanner
  • Meta-analyses of imaging data
  • Analyses of large neuroimaging datasets (including structural MRI, resting state, fMRI, diffusion imaging)
  • Analyses of multi-parameter structural imaging data sets
  • Computational neuroanatomy
  • Graph theoretical models & complexity measures
  • Brain connectivity analyses, including tractography
  • High level support of imaging data analysis for researchers at the institute; regular interactions with departments and research groups
  • Facilitating data analyses and data sharing across all departments and research groups
  • Training courses for scientists who wish to extend their knowledge of imaging data analysis
  • Supporting the open science and software initiatives

Applicants must have a background in cutting-edge diffusion imaging. Qualifications include primarily a strong research portfolio in diffusion imaging, neuroimaging data analysis, statistics, physics or a related field. A PhD in one of the relevant fields is necessary. Strong software engineering skills, with proficiency in Matlab, Python, SPM, FSL and Java as well as standard software engineering and data analysis tools (e.g., git) and the ability to confer and consult directly with senior faculty research staff and students on technical topics is expected.

The position will be at MPI CBS in Leipzig, an internationally leading centre for cognitive and imaging neuroscience equipped with a 7.0 T MRI scanner, several 3.0 T MRI scanners, a Connectom ultra-high-field MRI scanner, a 306-channel MEG, several TMS laboratories, tDCS, and several EEG systems.

The position is funded for three years with the possibility of an extension. Remuneration is based on the pay scale of the Max Planck Society. The Max Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Application is via our online system at: (subject heading: DIE 02/20”). The application deadline is 16 March 2020.
Applications must include the following documents (in a single PDF file):

  • Cover letter and a 1-page research statement
  • Curriculum vitae and list of publications
  • Contact details of two referees

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: DIE 02/20