MRI position at the U.S. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Research Faculty Position in Preclinical and Materials MRI


The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) has an opening for an MRI-oriented Research Faculty position (FSU classification: Research Faculty I) in its Tallahassee (Florida) facility. The primary focus of this Research Faculty I will be working with researchers in our internationally recognized NMR/MRI User Program who apply for magnet time to pursue projects in preclinical MRI and MRS as well as in-cell and materials-oriented research projects. The ideal candidate will take an active role in developing in vivo MRI and MRS methods at ultra-high magnetic field (specifically 21.1 T) and demonstrating their utility in rodent models. The position is an opportunity to be at the forefront of rapidly developing research fields, and to enjoy outstanding infrastructure both in terms of engineering resources and scientific environment. Our world-unique 21.1-T MRI/MRS system has a 105-mm bore, an array of high-field gradients and radiofrequency coils, and a state-of-the-art Bruker NEO console. Its operation is supported by an onsite animal housing facility, and by a dedicated MRI hardware engineer. Future development of MRI/MRS using the MagLab’s 35.2-T MR system also are envisioned.  The Research Faculty I will be responsible for technical and academic support of external scientists using the MagLab’s unique capabilities, including project/protocol design, experiment planning, and successful execution of collaborative work. The Research Faculty I member also is expected to be engaged actively in the recruitment of users to the MagLab facility.


The Research Faculty I member will collaborate with internal and external users, aid in developing state of the art sequences, probes and magnets for MRI/S as a colleague of the MR, RF and magnet engineering groups at the MagLab, and pursue an independent research effort at the forefront of preclinical ultra-high field MRI research.


The MagLab is the world's premier magnet laboratory with state-of-the-art high magnetic field facilities and has a history in development and application of ultra-high field NMR and MRI/S magnets and instrumentation. The MR User Facility hosts hundreds of users from around the world each year.  The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with national and international users, apply for grant opportunities, publish and develop individual research objectives, and participate in national and international organizations and conferences.



Desired qualifications include a Ph.D. in engineering, neuroimaging, applied physics/mathematics, chemistry/biochemistry, computer science or any other area related to MRI. The candidate should have well-developed writing skills, a strong publication record, experience working in a multidisciplinary research environment, and good collegiality and team-player abilities. Candidates should be knowledgeable in MRI physics and have experience in developing MRS/MRI pulse sequences, image reconstruction, post-processing methods, and a thorough understanding of factors that affect MR image quality.


Additional characteristics of interest include:

  • Experience with  in vivo rodent MRI.
  • Strong programming background in MR pulse sequencing (preferably with specific experience with Bruker Paravision) and spectral/image post-processing programs such as Matlab or other programming languages.
  • Design and development of animal protocols for a variety of in vivo MRI studies (structural, metabolic, and functional 1H imaging as well as heteronuclear imaging of spin-1/2 and quadrupolar nuclei).
  • Experience with independently writing grant proposals.



The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) MagLab is the world's premier magnet laboratory with state-of-the-art high magnetic field facilities and has a history in development and application of ultra-high field NMR and MRI/S magnets and instrumentation. The NHMFL is an NSF-funded user facility that operates the world’s most powerful electromagnets at Florida State University, the University of Florida and Los Alamos National Lab, including 45 T DC and 35.2 T (1.5 GHz) NMR magnets, and DNP spectrometers currently operating up to 14.1 T / 600 MHz / 395 GHz.  Present projects include development of a 40 T all-superconducting magnet. Our long-term plan includes development of 30 T NMR magnets, neutron scattering magnets, and resistive-superconducting hybrid magnets up to 60 T.


Other Information

For questions about the position, please contact Jens Rosenberg at or phone: 352-294-8811. For additional HR information, please contact Ms. Bettina Roberson, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, 1800 E. Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310-2740


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