Information for Postdoctoral Fellows

BIAC provides research opportunities for postdoctoral researchers in many departments at Duke University and at the University of North Carolina. Similar to graduate students, postdocs have home departments, such as Psychology and Neuroscience, Neurobiology, or Biomedical Engineering, and interact among themselves and with BIAC faculty across the disciplines.

Postdocs at BIAC are trained to become independent scientists, while working closely with their faculty mentors. They have access to all BIAC resources, including the 3.0 T and 4.0 T human MR scanners, the 7.0 T animal scanner, the electronics and coil design laboratories, and the analysis laboratories.

For more information about postdoctoral training opportunities at BIAC, contact the main office or a BIAC faculty member in your area of interest.

Who is eligible to be a postdoctoral fellow at BIAC?

Any recent graduates with a doctoral degree in neuroimaging related fields such as Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Neurobiology or Physics will be eligible. BIAC has a wide range of research program that expands across these disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary applicants to join our research team.

What departments are associated with BIAC?

Postdocs at BIAC can be members of any of several academic departments. Cognitive neuroscience fellows will typically be members of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, or of the Department of Neurobiology. Engineering fellows may be in the Department of Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, or in another engineering department by arrangement with BIAC faculty. Most of the departmental arrangements will be made by the sponsoring BIAC faculty members.

What is expected from a BIAC postdoctoral fellow?

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to conduct independent research projects, while working closely with their faculty mentors. Although most of the fellows are full-time researchers, some are given opportunities to participating in teaching activities if so they choose. In addition, BIAC postdocs will have exposure to grant writings, either as PIs for mentored training grants or as co-investigators for traditional investigator-initiated research proposals. It is hoped that the BIAC experience will better enable them to pursue independent academic careers afterwards.

What is life like as a postdoctoral fellow at BIAC?

Postdocs at BIAC build academic and personal contacts in both BIAC and their home department. BIAC provides a stimulating and lively working environment, with faculty and students from many disciplines working together in active collaborations. Postdocs would interact with them on a daily basis to receive a broad training in neuroimaging. Duke University is located in the Research Triangle area, which is characterized by its intellectual surroundings as well as natural scenery.