The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a world-leading internationally oriented research center, committed to discovering new approaches to prevent and treat neurodegenerative diseases. To this end, researchers at ten DZNE sites across Germany pursue a translational and interdisciplinary strategy comprising five interconnected areas: fundamental research, clinical research, health care research, population health science, and systems medicine.

Post-doctoral Position (f/m/d) in MR Physics / Molecular Imaging

Code: 1897/2021/1

Your tasks

The MR Physics group in Bonn develops MRI acquisition methods to probe manifestations of neurodegenerative diseases non-invasively with high sensitivity and resolution. To this end, we are seeking an interactive and self-motivated scientist to develop novel molecular imaging technologies at 7 Telsa MRI. The position is part of the JPND-project SCAIFIELD, which involves four partners from three countries (Belgium, Norway, and Germany). The goal of the project is to establish quantitative 7 Tesla MRI biomarkers for Ataxia disease with high potential for detecting early disease manifestation and monitoring progression. Specifically, this position will focus on the development of molecular imaging methods (CEST & MRSI) tailored for applications in the cerebellum and brainstem. Transmit field inhomogeneities, which are challenging in these brain regions at 7 Tesla, will be mastered with novel parallel transmission technology. The successful candidate will be working in a highly interdisciplinary team, closely interacting with the project partners. The position is based within the DZNE MRI Facilities in Bonn (Venusberg Campus). In addition to this post, the Bonn team will be complemented by a new doctoral position in clinical science.


Successful candidates should hold a PhD in physics, medical physics, or related disciplines. As a prerequisite, the candidate should have experience with MRI sequence development, preferably but not necessarily on Siemens MRI systems. Good programming skills in C++, Python, and/or Matlab are expected. Additional experience with the molecular imaging methods CEST and/or MRSI would be highly beneficial. Creative, highly motivated applicants who are willing to develop new MR imaging techniques and enjoy teamwork and working independently in a stimulating scientific environment are encouraged to apply.

We offer

  • An interesting and challenging task in a research center that works on the future topics of health research.
  • An international environment characterized by a strong focus on science and research.
  • A high potential for the individual development of our employees.
  • Targeted personnel development.
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are determined by the Public Sector Collective Agreement (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst – TVöD Bund).
  • The position is available from May 2021 for three years. Interviewing will begin immediately until the position is filled. Applications received by February 28th will be definitely considered.

Interested candidates should apply with a CV, a cover letter stating research experience and interests, and two references.




Contact details

Prof. Tony Stöcker

Working hours


Contract length

3 years

Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD Bund

Application deadline


You will obtain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification during your activities at DZNE. The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. It is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.