Postdoc Fellowships in MRI of Tissue Microstructure

Open Positions

We have several postdoctoral fellowships open to qualified candidates interested in transforming MRI into a precise, pathology-specific scientific instrument. Postdoctoral fellows will work closely with principal investigators Els Fieremans, PhD, and Dmitry Novikov, PhD to contribute to rethinking the whole MRI pipeline: from image reconstruction and artifact correction, to biophysical modeling of brain microstructure and model validation, to clinical translation of novel, early-stage pathology biomarkers.

Fellowships are open in the following long-term, NIH-funded projects:

  • Noise removal during image reconstruction.
    The postdoctoral fellow will work with the team to use random matrix theory to separate noise from the signal in multi-modal raw MR data (diffusion and fMRI), develop a reconstruction pipeline, and translate the method for presurgical planning. This fellowship requires skills in one of the following:
    • MR reconstruction (ICE programming a plus)
    • fMRI or diffusion processing
    • artifact correction
    • fiber tracking
  • Distinguishing among demyelination, axonal loss, and inflammation
    The fellow will work with the team to use biophysical modeling to develop clinically feasible MRI acquisitions and validate early sensitive markers for neurodegenerative diseases. This fellowship requires skills in one of the following:
    • Monte Carlo simulations of diffusion
    • q-space trajectories
    • diffusion theory or parameter estimation
    • machine learning
  • Clinical translation of cellular-level markers of pathology
    The fellow will work with the team to translate the quantitative MRI pipeline into clinical studies of neurodegeneration (multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, migraine, and other pathologies). This fellowship requires skills in one of the following:
    • experience with big datasets
    • background in neurological disorders

The fellows will be part of a broader microstructure ecosystem at NYU School of Medicine, with collaborative opportunities for animal validation (with Gene Kim, PhD, and Jiangyang Zhang, PhD), sequence development (with Steven Baete, PhD), image analysis (with Jelle Veraart, PhD), and clinical translation (with Timothy Shepherd, MD, PhD, and Yvonne Lui, MD).

Expected Qualifications

  • earned or expected PhD degree in a relevant area (e.g., neuroscience, physics, computer science, biomedical engineering or a related field)
  • publication record that demonstrates at least one of the skills listed above
  • drive, creativity, collaborative disposition, strong motivation to acquire new skills and to engage in interdisciplinary research

To Apply

Email a cover letter, a statement of research interests, a CV with a list of publications, and contact information of three references (all in PDF format) to

About Us

Our Center, located in midtown Manhattan, is operated by the research arm of the radiology department of NYU Langone Health. The research division comprises approximately 130 full-­time personnel dedicated to imaging research, development, and clinical translation.

We focus on development of novel methods for rapid continuous comprehensive imaging, including but not limited to deep-learning image reconstruction and interpretation techniques, novel rapid MR acquisition and reconstruction strategies, innovative RF detectors and transmitters, new quantitative biomarkers for MRI and PET, and emerging MRI-based models of tissue microstructure.

We are a highly collaborative group and work in interdisciplinary, matrixed teams that include engineers, scientists, clinicians, technologists, and industry experts. We encourage collaboration across research groups to promote creativity and nurture an environment conducive to breakthrough innovations at the forefront of biomedical research.


Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research (CAI2R) is operated by the department of radiology at NYU Langone Health. This arrangement brings together a vast amount of human and technological resources in basic magnetic-resonance science (physics, engineering, mathematics) and clinical applications (radiology, medicine, neurology, etc.).

Salary and Benefits

Each fellowship is for two years and may be extended, depending on the fellow's interests and performance. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, and NYU Langone Health offers a generous benefits package. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, or disability.


Latest Updates

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Philanthropic Support

We gratefully acknowledge generous support for radiology research at NYU Langone Health from:
• The Big George Foundation
• Bernard and Irene Schwartz

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