The Centre for Research into Ageing and the Brain at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences within The University of Edinburgh seeks an experienced post-doctoral medical image analyst to conduct original research as a key member of the recently funded international project “Perivascular spaces: an early marker of vascular contributions to neurodegeneration”. Perivascular spaces (PVS) have recently been identified on brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), as marker of small vessel dysfunction and potential biomarker of future risk of neurodegeneration and dementia. The work will focus on testing and further refining recently developed computational methods to measure PVS on brain MRI in patients at risk of small vessel disease (SVD), dementia, and other neurodegenerative diseases. The successful candidate will conduct original research, centred around: a) testing and improving computational methods (inc. machine learning approaches) for measuring PVS on human brain MRI; and b) discovering associations between PVS morphologies, current and future cognitive outcomes, using data from many studies reflecting different patient groups.
The successful candidate will be hold a PhD degree in a relevant discipline, have demonstrable experience in MRI computational image analysis preferably in SVDs or dementia, statistical and database management experience, and a track record of published work. Previous experience in studies linking MRI findings with cognitive, functional and neurodegenerative disease outcomes would be advantageous.
Please contact Prof JM Wardlaw Joanna.firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to discuss the post informally.
Closing date: 1st May 2020