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Postdoctoral Fellowships

Medical Imaging: System Design & Image Reconstruction


Several postdoctoral fellowships are available in our lab at the University of Houston (UH). These positions support NIH-funded projects aimed at developing clinically relevant methods for assessing oncologic image quality and applying these methods to system design. The primary duties include: (1) participating in the development of robust mathematical models for predicting human performance at realistic diagnostic tasks in PET and SPECT; (2) validation of model performance using appropriate assessment methodologies; and (3) applying the models in simulation to design and optimize a novel SPECT system for prostate imaging. Candidates will be expected to mentor students in the lab, prepare research articles for refereed journals and contribute to securing new sources of funding. They will also be encouraged to explore new projects within the scope of medical imaging research.

Selected candidates will join the UH Biomedical Engineering Department, started in 2009 with a core research focus on neural, cognitive and rehabilitation engineering, biomedical imaging and genomics and proteomics. The Department is poised for significant growth in the coming years, benefitting from an unprecedented UH initiative to expand biomedical research. Houston is also home to a number of renown medical research facilities, all within ten minutes drive from UH.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in engineering, medical physics or related field. Strong analytical and programming skills are essential, as are good communication skills. Relevant research experience may include imaging physics, tomographic reconstruction, simulation methods (particularly Monte Carlo packages for photon transport) and image processing for nuclear medicine and x-ray applications. Individuals with a strong interest in learning about objective-assessment principles to optimize diagnostic imaging are sought.

To apply, please submit a cover letter (detailing relevant experience and career objectives), curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references to:

Howard Gifford, Ph.D.
Biomedical Engineering Department

3605 Cullen Blvd

Room 2022

Houston, TX 77204


or via email to hgifford@uh.edu. The University of Houston (www.uh.edu) is an equal- opportunity employer.