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Assistant Researcher - Neurology- HWNI

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Researcher
Percent time: 50%
Anticipated start: November 29, 2021
Position duration: The initial appointment will be for one year, with a possibility of renewal. Extension of the appointment is subject to performance and availability of funds.

Application Window

Open date: November 4th, 2021

Last review date: Thursday, Nov 18, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Researcher in the research group of Professor David Feinberg, in the area of MRI science for neuroimaging. This position will be assigned a leadership role in all active Feinberg Research Teams projects including two NIH BRAIN projects: Nex-Gen 7T MRI scanner project and the Foundations of functional MRI project. The candidate will also engage in his/her own independent research and will be expected to work toward securing his/her own funding in the future. This position tracks and manages other laboratory personnel and resources and works closely with Dr. Feinberg to identify research breakthroughs and process efficiencies alike.

Responsibilities will include:

  1. Participates in the data gathering process – including interaction with human subjects.

  2. Direct involvement in the laboratory group process of analyzing data and summarizing results.

  3. Direct involvement in generating presentation materials to report the results of research to others in the scientific community.

  4. Innovate and evaluate fMRI protocols at 7T.

  5. Develop pulse sequence and image reconstruction software for structural, functional and physiological MRI to meet specific scientific project needs.

  6. Develop pulse sequences for cerebral blood volume (CBV) and BOLD based fMRI.

  7. Acquire and analyze a variety of MRI data at both 3T and 7T scanners, including planning and design of experiments, acquisition of data from phantoms and human subjects, and storage and analysis of that data.

  8. Create novel computational approaches and analytical tools as required by neuroscience research goals.

  9. Consult with other researchers to analyze problems and determine computational strategies for analyzing large datasets.

  10. Compile data for use in multiple subject experiments and design and apply bioinformatics statistical algorithms.

  11. Develop data models and databases.

  12. Communicate research results through conference presentations, scientific publications, or project reports.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Doctoral degree or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

3 years of research experience.

Preferred qualifications

Demonstrated coursework and experience in bioengineering, neurophysics, neuroscience, and/or MRI physics.

Core Competencies
• Experience with Cortical layer specific fMRI research.

• Understanding of MRI imaging pulse sequences and fMRI signal.

• Applying senior level techniques during each stage of the research process.

• Established Grant Application writing.

General Competencies
2 years of research experience involving each of the following:

• Analyzation of fMRI data with Matlab and FSL software.

• Operating 7T MRI scanner.

• Pulse sequence optimization skills for removal of image artifacts and k-space coverage.

• 7 Tesla skills involving rf coil optimization and proposing changes in coil designs.

• Conducting research in quantitative physiological imaging with MRI pulse sequences and evaluating their acceleration with multiband imaging for arterial spin labeling measurement of brain perfusion.

• Applying blood volume (VASO) brain imaging.

• Fluid dynamics modeling of MR velocity imaging.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Letters of reference are not required at this time. We will seek your permission before contacting your references.

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Campus Information

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

Berkeley, CA