Postdoctoral Position in Molecular Imaging

University of California Berkeley College of Engineering

United States

Postdoctoral Employee - Molecular Imaging - Bioengineering Department

Job #JPF02728
  • College of Engineering - Bioengineering

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 14th, 2020

Next review date: Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Nov 16, 2020 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.


The Vandsburger lab in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley is accepting applications for a post-doctoral researcher to conduct/perform research in the areas of novel contrast agents, mechanisms, and acquisition methods for targeted CEST-MRI.

Appointment length:
This is a twelve month, 100% time appointment with the possibility of extension being subject to performance and budgetary approval. Anticipated start: December 2020 or until the position is filled.

This position focuses on the development of novel organic CEST-MRI agents for targeted imaging of cellular markers of cardiovascular and renal disease. This individual will use their strong skills in cardiac magnetic resonance physics, organic chemistry, NMR/EPR spectroscopy, pulse sequence programming, and analytical methods for assessing magnetic susceptibility to explore a novel area of CEST-MRI. The specific tasks include (i) the identification and NMR assessment of organic compounds with targeted affinity, (ii) the design of appropriate CEST-MRI acquisition methods to target these compounds, (iii) the completion of proof of principle experiments, (iv) and the ultimate application to pre-clinical models and control human subjects. Working closely with researchers on other MRI projects at UCB, the researcher is expected to publish peer-reviewed articles, patents and to present findings at national and international conferences.

Basic Qualifications:
• PhD or equivalent international degree or enrolled in a PhD degree program (or equivalent international degree) at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications:
• PhD or equivalent international degree by the start date.
• No more than four years of post-degree research experience by the start date.

Preferred Qualifications:
• PhD in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, or biomolecular engineering.
• Relevant experience in cardiac MR research.
• Data analysis, signal processing, and programming (e.g., MATLAB, Python, C, LabView).
• Expert in image processing.
• Fluent in platform software development.
• Experience with troubleshooting and debugging prototype hardware/software.
• Published papers, manuscripts in preparation or under review.

To be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position provides full benefits.

Application procedure:
To apply go to

Please direct questions to:
Morial Vandsburger (Email: with subject line: “Postdoctoral Employee”.

Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists. We will seek your permission before contacting your references.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California Policy and California State law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: ( prior to submitting their letters.

We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research
Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

In your application, please refer to