Title:  Technical Director, Small Animal MRI Core

Division:  Advanced Technology Cores
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Requisition ID:  405

Internal Title: Academic title commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Baylor College of Medicine and Department Summary:

Baylor (www.bcm.edu) is recognized as one of the nation’s premier academic health science centers and is known for excellence in education, research, and healthcare and community service. Located in the heart of the world's largest medical center (Texas Medical Center), Baylor is affiliated with multiple educational, healthcare and research affiliates (Baylor Affiliates).


The Small Animal MRI Core (https://www.bcm.edu/research/advanced-technology-core-labs/lab-listing/small-animal-mri) at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is hiring a junior faculty member to serve as the Technical Director of the Core. The candidate should have demonstrated expertise in small animal MRI, especially data analysis. The candidate will be responsible for developing, implementing, evaluating and applying MRI image acquisition and analysis techniques. The faculty appointment will be in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and the candidate will report to Robia Pautler, Ph.D., the Academic Director of the Small Animal MRI Core. The position is fully supported by funds from BCM's Advanced Technology Cores program.

The Core is funded by an NIH S10 fund and contains a Bruker BioSpec 9.4 T horizontal bore MRI scanner. The candidate will work with core users to develop and optimize MR protocols to meet the needs of new and ongoing projects. These projects span a broad range of cutting-edge basic and translational biological research, including cerebral blood flow, tumor volume assessment, 19F MRI, resting state fMRI and CEST (chemical exchange saturation transfer). The development of a synergistic, independent research program is also strongly encouraged.

Job Responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities:

•           Implement and optimize acquisition techniques and processing pipelines for small animal imaging

•           Train small animal MRI users in specialized procedures and theoretical concepts to ensure project successa

Job Qualifications:


•           PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline (MR Physics, neuroscience, mathematics, engineering, computer science, biophysics or other physical sciences)

•           Experience with small animal MRI or spectroscopy

•           Strong collaborative abilities


Preferred Qualifications:

•           Experience with Bruker small animal MRI scanners

•           Experience with independent writing of grant proposals, scientific conference abstracts and journal papers

•           Teaching, mentoring and supervision experience in the field of MRI





Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.