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Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Epilepsy

Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

The Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to implement and analyze magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) acquisitions for detection of seizure foci in epilepsy patients. The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary environment with clinicians, physicists, and engineers to optimize MRI pulse sequences, particularly using diffusion-weighted methods, and will develop image analysis algorithms for the detection of epileptogenic foci. The candidate will work in conjunction with investigators in the Clinical Center, Clinical Epilepsy and Surgical Neurology Branches of the NINDS, and the Section on Quantitative Imaging and Tissue Sciences of the NICHD. 

The NIH provides a vibrant intellectual environment with unparalleled MRI and clinical research resources.


  1. Participate in the development, and implementation of MRI methods;
  2. Apply the developed MRI techniques to characterize brain changes in epilepsy patients;
  3. Work in a team-oriented, multi-disciplinary environment;
  4. Publication and presentation of findings in scientific journals and meetings.


The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree with experience in MRI Physics, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related scientific discipline and have the following skills: 

  1. Solid understanding of MRI pulse protocol design and implementation; 
  2. Strong analytical skills, including the ability to write new software for performing customized data analyses;
  3. Comfortable working with clinical research studies including experience with or willingness to learn MRI scanning of patients; 
  4. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; 
  5. Willingness to work flexible hours to make efficient progress; 
  6. Experience with Philips and/or Siemens MRI scanner operation and pulse programming is desirable.

To Apply:

Applicants may submit a brief statement of research activities and interests, a current CV, and names and contact information of at least three references to Dr. John Butman (

The National Institutes of Health is an equal opportunity employer. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.