Postdoc in Development of Micro-MRI at High-/Ultra-High Fields
Wageningen University Laboratory of Biophysics
Netherlands

Postdoc in Development of micro-MRI at high-/ultra-high fields

Location Wageningen

End date Sun 14 March 2021

We are looking for

  • Do you want to do pioneering work in the Dutch National uNMR-NL consortium on state-of-the-art high-/ultra-high-field NMR spectrometers?
  • Are you interested in developing and optimizing NMR microimaging acquisition methods and related hardware components for microfluidics?
  • Do you want to use your passion for methods development in preclinical microimaging? 
Our focus is on the implementation of such methods in high-/ultra-high-field NMR spectrometers, with the ultimate goal to boost spatial, temporal and chemical resolution in dynamic MRI studies of soft matter and living systems. 

We invite applications for a 3-years post-doctoral position based at the Laboratory of Biophysics at Wageningen University & Research (WUR), and integrated within the Dutch National uNMR-NL consortium. The position is part of a recently-granted NWO Roadmap funding “The uNMR-NL Grid: A distributed, state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance facility for the Netherlands”, with core partners at University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), Radboud University (RU) Nijmegen, Leiden University (LU), and WUR together with the public-private organisation COAST. Associate partners develop and apply high-field medical imaging at the four medical centers (LUMC, UMCU, AMC, RUMC). The facility is and will be soon equipped with state-of-the-art high- and ultra-high fields NMR spectrometers. Instruments of relevance for this post-doc position include a new WB 600 MHz spectrometer to be installed at WU in 2021, a SB 950 MHz spectrometer to be relocated at RU, and a new 1.2 GHz spectrometer to be installed at UU in early 2021. 

The challenging scope of this post-doc position is the implementation of hardware (microcoils, probeheads) and development of MRI pulse sequences suitable for high-to-ultra-high field (600-1200 MHz) applications of microimaging to microfluidics, in collaboration with RU, as well as to pre-clinical studies, in collaboration with Utrecht Medical Centre. This position will be embedded in the MAGNEFY facility and based at the Laboratory of Biophysics of WUR. The post-doc candidate is expected to be in regular contact with, and work at, the Utrecht Medical Centre and Radboud University. Further collaborations with other academic and industrial partners are also possible. The position is intended to start in summer 2021.  

We ask

You are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist. Your profile should signal:

  • A PhD degree in an NMR/MRI-related field with experience working with pulse sequence development and implementation;
  • research experience and familiarity with dynamic micro-imaging of materials and/or in vivo systems;
  • a strong motivation to work flexibly and creatively in a cross-disciplinary environment; 
  • very good communications skills and ability to interact constructively with physicists, chemists, engineers and technicians;
  • a good command of the English language. 

We offer

A job at an organization that will challenge you every day to provide our clients with the best possible solution(s). As a post-doctoral researcher, you will be part of an ambitious team working on a wide range of issues with plenty of scope for initiative. Personal input and responsibility are an integral part of our culture.  

We offer you a salary based on your expertise and experience with a maximum of € 4.402,-. gross per month (scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). We offer a temporary 1-year contract for 38 hours per week (fulltime) with an extension of 2 additional years after a positive review. You also have the opportunity to work 40 hours a week with additional holidays.

In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus.
The program also includes
  • If needed, training in NMR/MRI methodologies relevant to the project, as well as in phasor-based image analysis methods;
  • if needed, training in deep learning methods relevant to the project;
  • extensive collaboration and short-term stays in partner laboratories (secondments). 
Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.
You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the Best University in the Netherlands for the 16th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad

Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family. 
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community pagecontains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

More information

Do you want more information?

For more information about this position, please contact dr. C. Terenzi by e-mail: camilla.terenzi@wur.nl or Prof. J. van Duynhoven: john.vanduynhoven@wur.nl.
For more information about the procedure, please contact Marjolijn Steffens, HR Advisor, by email: marjolijn.steffens@wur.nl

Do you want to apply?

You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval. 
This vacancy will be listed up to and including Monday March 15th 2021. 
Please provide your CV, a motivation letter outlining why you are suitable for the position, contact information of two referees, a copy of your PhD certificate.

Equal opportunities 

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusive webpage. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

The Laboratory of Biophysics (www.bip.wur.nl/UK/) is an international research group with leading expertise in the development and application of spectroscopic and imaging techniques relevant to bio-/soft-matter science, and it provides access to advanced state-of-the-art NMR/MRI spectroscopy equipment at the MAGNEFY NMR research facility (https://www.wur.nl/en/Value-Creation-Cooperation/Facilities/MAGNEtic-resonance-research-FacilitY.htm)

MAGNEFY operates as “Magnetic Resonance facility for (agro)food, life sciences, and biobased research” research” and is an integral part of the distributed uNMR-NL ROADMAP infrastructure. MAGNEFY houses five high-field NMR spectrometers up to 700 MHz, most relevant for this project are two wide bore 300 and 600 MHz spectrometers dedicated to development and application of advanced microimaging methods to assess dynamic processes in vivo or in situ in soft matter.

Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University and Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 6.500 employees and 12.500 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR:  read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR.

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.

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