The goal of this NIH funded project, A Cryogen-Free Point-of-Care 1.5 T Extremity MRI, is to develop a unique compact scanner optimized for orthopedic and metabolic bone disease diagnostics, with a focus on solid state phosphorus and proton MRI (ZTE, WASPI, etc.) for total bone characterization. The project is funded by a Phase II SBIR grant to Superconducting Systems, Inc., a pioneer in cryogen-free magnet technology. Following completion of the scanner, studies on phantoms, tissue specimens, live animals and a small human trial will be conducted. The fellow will be involved in all aspects of the work, including hardware, pulse sequence and image reconstruction algorithm development, assessment of measurement accuracy in phantoms and tissues, as well as animal and human studies.
Candidates should have a Ph.D., a solid background in MR physics or engineering, as well as expertise in electronics, software and pulse sequence development. Outstanding candidates with an M.S. degree and extensive MR engineering experience will also be considered.