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Open Post-Doc Position

We are currently recruiting a post-doctoral fellow to work on quantitative cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The successful candidate will join a young and dynamic group in a prolific, creative and fun environment. The position is funded from a NWO START-UP Grant with an initial appointment of up to 1.5 years. The earliest start date is January 1st, 2020. The post-doc will lead a challenging and exciting project on novel sequence developments to uncover unexplored quantitative biomarkers in the heart. Furthermore, the successful candidate will be involved in other ongoing research projects at the lab and will have the opportunity to take mentoring responsibility for students at the bachelor’s and master’s level. Please get in touch to find out about the specific projects of interest.

The primary infrastructure for MRI research at the Mars lab is a new Philips Ingenia 3T scanner, located in a local clinical research center with substantial scan time dedicated to our lab for research purposes. Select studies will also be performed on Siemens Prisma 3T scanners of national collaboration partners.

Requirements

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

Programming Skills

preferably in C/C++ and Matlab, prior experience with Pulse Sequence Programming, ideally with Philips or Siemens, is highly advantageous but not strictly required

English Skills

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.

Application

Please reach out for any further information on this position or our lab. To apply for this position please send the following documents via email to (S.Weingartner - at - tudelft.nl)

  • A letter detailing your research interest (generic letters will be disregarded)

  • A detailed CV outlining competitive academic performance and including a complete list of publications

  • Names and contacts of at least two references.

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.