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Post-doctoral Position in Deep Brain Stimulation and fMRI at Northwestern University

Professor Laleh Golestani Rad at Northwestern University has reached out to the department to advertise a post-doc position using fMRI to study deep brain stimulation.

Details for the position can be found below. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Rad for the position at

Investigating neuromodulatory effects of Deep Brain Stimulation using fMRI

A post-doctoral position with competitive salary is available at the Department of Radiology, Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University. The project is focused on analyzing altered patterns of functional connectivity of cortico-striatal loops in patients with advanced Parkinon’s Disease who undergo deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. Using a ground-breaking reconfigurable MRI coil technology, we will acquire fMRI scans before and after DBS implantation to assess the neuromodulatory effects of DBS in each individual. Successful applicants will work on multidisciplinary NIH-funded projects with a close collaboration with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


The ideal candidate should hold a PhD in Neuroscience, Psychology, Engineering or a related field with strong proficiency is various neuroimaging analysis platforms, multivariate modeling and connectivity toolboxes. The candidate should have established quantitative and statistical skills, including programing and comfort with diverse computing environments, and demonstrated capacity to drive first author publications.

Northwestern University

The Department of Radiology is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. We are a dynamic team of physicists, engineers, neuroscientists and neurosurgeons conducting cutting-edge imaging research in a 9,000 square foot center that houses state-of-the-art research-dedicated Prisma 3.0 Tesla, two Tim Trio 3.0 Tesla and 1.5 Tesla Siemens Medical MR scanners and a 7.0 Tesla Bruker scanner. There is also a Siemens C-ARM angiographic system, a Nexstim Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) machine and an MR simulator system that can be used to train subjects to the magnet environment.


We invite motivated enthusiastic applicants with a related background to apply. Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing research experience and career goals, an up-to-date curriculum vitae containing contact information for three references, as well as copies of three representative publications to Prof. Laleh Golestani Rad, Ph.D., by email at

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