Open Post-Doc Position
We are currently recruiting a post-doctoral fellow to work on quantitative cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in an exciting translational convergence project between TU Delft and Erasmus MC. The project is led by the Magnetic Resonance Systems lab (Mars lab) at TU Delft and the Department of Radiology at Erasmus MC. We are looking for a talented researcher to join our project on quantitative susceptibility mapping as a post-doctoral fellow for two years. The position is primarily based at TU Delft. The successful candidate will join a young and dynamic group in a prolific, creative and fun environment. The post-doc will work on developing novel imaging biomarkers of the heart with quantitative susceptibility MRI. This project will comprise a strong modeling and sequence development part and will be carried out in close collaboration with translational science and clinical collaborators in Erasmus MC. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to take mentoring responsibility for students at the bachelor's and master's level.
The primary infrastructure for MRI research at the Mars lab in TU Delft is a new Philips Ingenia 3T scanner, located in a local clinical research center. Furthermore, this project will utilize resources at Erasmus MC, providing access to multiple state of the art 1.5T and 3T GE scanners.
Drive, Curiosity and Passion for Research
is what we value the most for the prospective post-doctoral fellow
Ph.D. and Publication Record
in physics, math, computer science or a related discipline
preferably in C/C++ and Matlab, prior experience with Pulse Sequence Programming, ideally with Philips or Siemens, is highly advantageous but not strictly required
in writing and speaking are required for research in general. Communication in our lab will be in English. Generally speaking, Dutch skills are not strictly necessary to live or research in the Netherlands.
Why joining a young lab as a post-doc can be a great experience
Choosing the right lab for a post-doc position can be vital for a scientific career. Young and established labs can offer very different advantages and careful thought should be put into choosing the right lab for you.
The reasons for pursuing a post-doctoral position are diverse. A post-doc period can be ideal to strengthen your academic record and preparing you for an independent research track. Post-doc positions can also be great opportunities to acquire new skills in research and widening your horizon without the responsibility of an own lab. Others do post-docs simply because they are too lazy to think about which industry jobs would be best to pursue. Regardless, the experience during your post-doc position will be highly dependent on the lab you choose. Young labs and junior PIs generally don't have the reputation of more established researchers that have been leading their own labs for a long time. At the same time young labs are often structured differently and motivated by other factors than established labs. Having experienced post-doc positions in both young and established labs, here are some thoughts on the benefits of each option. Depending on your motives and motivation these might be worth to consider when choosing your lab.
Benefits of joining a young lab
Young, non-tenured, PIs often start their independent academic career with much more motivation and drive than established PIs. In many cases young PIs are more successfull in creating a prolific environment. High productivity in a stimulating environment can be a great boost to your academic record.
Young labs are commonly smaller and the PI is typically more focused on the research of the group. This can afford more hands on mentoring and much more face time compared with very senior PIs. More time with your PI might be especially important if you are trying to acquire new skill sets or adapt to new fields.
Young and small labs are often less hierarchical and more dynamic. The PIs commonly embark their independent research track with concrete ideas that might be more disruptive than continuing the research agenda of a long standing lab.
In a young lab you will experience the process of establishing a research lab first hand. These insights can be uniquely valuable if you decide to pursue and independent research career.
Benefits of joining an established lab
Senior PIs generally have a more established reputation. Hence, letters of recommendation of these PIs are often considered to have larger impact. Also the membership of senior PIs in boards and committees often affords political advantages.
Established labs are commonly larger with more colleagues working on closely related topics. This can contribute to a different peer learning experience.
Many senior PIs are less hands on, providing more independence in the research and less specific guidance to the respective lab members.