The Division of TMD & Orofacial Pain (OFP) at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry (UMN SOD) is seeking a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Associate in the field of human neuroimaging and sensory testing for an NIH/NIDCR funded project studying brain-related mechanisms in painful temporomandibular disorders (TMD). The focus of this position will be on acquisition and analysis of neuroimaging data, as well as performing quantitative sensory (QST) and endogenous pain modulation (EPM) testing.
This project is led by Dr. Estephan J. Moana-Filho, a dentist-scientist within the TMD & OFP division, who provides clinical care to OFP patients and is interested in expanding the knowledge about brain mechanisms in OFP conditions with a focus on painful TMD. The methods to be used include multimodal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) based on the Human Connectome Project (HCP) sequences (structural, resting and stimulusevoked BOLD fMRI, diffusion) combined with sensory testing and psychosocial/behavioral measures (QST, EPM, questionnaires, clinical measures, etc.). Our goal is to further our understanding of brain structural and functional networks involved in sensory processing, and potentially underlying central sensitization features present in painful TMD.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Post-Doctoral Associate’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Implement multimodal MRI data analysis pipelines (structural and functional connectivity, stimulus-evoked
fMRI, diffusion-based tractography and volumetry/cortical thickness measures) based on the HCP preprocessing
pipelines (Glasser et al., 2013).
Perform sensory/EPM testing in human participants following standardized protocol (Rolke et al., 2006)
Acquire neuroimaging data following the HCP neuroimaging approach (Glasser et al., 2016), including
stimulus-evoked fMRI. Model and analyze complex datasets including neuroimaging, sensory and clinical data.
Important Information about the role:
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
The funding is available as a 1 year appointment with the possibility of extension.
PhD in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, oral biology, psychology, cognitive science, or a relatedfield.
Strong proficiencies with one or more major neuroimaging software suites (e.g., FSL, Freesurfer,Connectome workbench, AFNI, SPM, etc.) and Unix/Linux environment. Familiarity with R, Python, and/orMatlab programming languages is a plus.
Quantitative and statistical skills, including strong programming skills and comfort with diverse computingenvironments such as high-performance computing systems.
Comfortable with interacting with human participants.
Demonstrated ability to complete projects as evidenced by first-author publication(s).
Proficient writing skills, motivated and driven to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
In addition to these requirements, the ideal candidate should have a passion for self-learning, be inquisitive, critical problem-solving skills and initiative to seek out the resources necessary to achieve the project’s goals.
Internal Number: 337497
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