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Postdoctoral Position in Neuroimaging and Biomechanical Engineering

Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Departments of Plastic Surgery and Biophysics


The Department of Plastic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin ( is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill a postdoctoral position in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and biomechanical engineering. This individual is expected to develop hardware and software for a project comparing biomechanical metrics of motor-task performance with functional brain response as measured by fMRI in both healthy individuals and subjects with peripheral nerve injuries of the hand. Motor-task performance will be measured using a commercially available fiber-optic sensor glove system. The position will be based out of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Center for Imaging Research.


The Center for Imaging Research has state-of-the-art imaging facilities, including two research-dedicated GE 3 T whole-body scanners, a Bruker 9.4 T/30 cm small-animal MRI scanner, an MEG scanner, and a microSPECT/CT. A whole-body GE 7 T human MRI scanner will be delivered early next year.


This position requires an M.D. or a doctoral degree in an appropriate field of biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, biophysics, medical physics, neuroscience, computer science, or a related science field. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in MR neuroimaging techniques and methodologies, proficiency in MATLAB, and excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience with MATLAB programs Simulink, Stateflow, and xPC Target is preferred but not required. Knowledge of the biomechanics of the hand and fMRI data analysis software (AFNI, FSL, Freesurfer, etc.) is also highly desirable.


Interested candidates should submit their CV, a cover letter describing relevant qualifications and research interests, and contact information for three references to Christopher Pawela, Ph.D., at cpawela[at]mcw[dot]edu.
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