Postdoc (f/m) in Computational Neuroimaging

University Hospital Frankfurt - Goethe University

Frankfurt, Germany

The University Hospital, Goethe University (GU), Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is looking for a Postdoc (f/m) in Computational Neuroimaging to join the research group of Prof. Christine Ecker in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Research projects will focus on developing novel approaches to image analysis and machine learning methods for the analysis of multi-modal human MRI data (e.g. sMRI, DTI and rsfMRI data), primarily with the aim to extract imaging biomarkers that can be leveraged to (i) understand the neurobiology of complex neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and to (ii) provide targets for developing and monitoring pharmacotherapies and interventions. Research projects within the group are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the EU.

Your profile:

We seek a postdoctoral candidate with a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Engineering or Mathematics with interest in image processing, and with solid programming skills in C/C++, MATLAB, R, and shell scripting. The ideal candidate has knowledge in computational neuroimaging or biomedical engineering, and considerable expertise in methodological development of quantitative MRI analysis; e.g. registration, segmentation, surface-based analysis, DTI, and/or rsfMRI. Experience with big data analysis and machine learning is an asset. Knowledge of state-of-the-art data analyses techniques and neuroimaging software, including FreeSurfer, FSL, SPM is also appreciated.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Discuss, plan and conduct research in a stimulating environment combining basic research with clinical applications;
  • Develop novel analytical approaches for MRI data analysis;
  • Apply these statistical models to large-scale population cohorts (clinical and non-clinical);
  • To engage in teaching, knowledge dissemination, and publication of results in international recognized scientific journals.

We offer:

  • Integration into the computational imaging environment at GU, and interdisciplinary interactions with other institutes in Frankfurt am Main, and abroad;
  • Brain Imaging Centre with two 3T MRI scanners and expert team of MR physicists;
  • A rich set of existing high-quality multi-modal MR data and applied research questions through collaborations with national and international research consortia.

The position is initially available for 3 years initially with the possibility of an extension, with a negotiable starting state (preferably until October/November 2017). Employment, payment and social benefits are determined according to the German Pay Scale E13 TV-G-U.

Interested candidates should send their full application in a single PDF via e-mail to Please include a CV, contact details of two referees, a brief statement describing your personal qualifications and future research plans (up to 1 page), and a list of publications highlighting up to 3 most important ones. Please do not send any original documents as they cannot be returned. The GU is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women or individuals with disabilities to apply.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. Christine Ecker ( The deadline for applications is two months following the date of the job posting.

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