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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

MRI Diffusion Imaging and Thermometry


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Applied Physics Division

RO# Location
50.68.62.B7934 Boulder, CO

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Stephen E Russek 303.497.5097


This project aims to develop traceable materials and methods to characterize the performance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, particularly their ability to noninvasively measure diffusion properties, such as the apparent diffusion coefficient, fractional anisotropy, and to generate accurate temperature maps by use of endogenous or exogenous reporters in vivo and in vitro. We plan to develop application-specific phantoms for use in clinical scanners, and measure material properties using a variable-field nuclear magnetic resonance system, a variable-field small-bore MRI, and research MRI scanners located at the University of Colorado campuses in Boulder and Denver. Possible projects include fabricating and testing of (1) biomimetic micromachined structures with well-defined anisotropic diffusion properties, (2) anisotropic polymer gel phantoms, and (3) novel cleanroom-nanofabricated temperature reporters. This opportunity is appropriate for physicists, chemical-physicists, or engineers interested in medical physics or medical engineering. 


Biomagnetics; Biomedical engineering; Electromagnetism; Magnetics; Medical imaging; Medical physics; MRI; NMR; Thermometry; Diffusion;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$74,950.00 $3,000.00
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