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Postdoctoral Fellow, Zero-G MRI Project

A Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) is needed to manage the Zero-G MRI project (Suborbital Development and Testing of a Space Flight Astronaut Magnetic Resonance Imager), a project funded by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) with the goal of flying a prototype wrist magnetic resonance imager (MRI) on a series of zero-g parabolic jet flights in 2019.

Candidate Background: The successful PDF will have a background in medical science and will be introduced to the project management aspect of a highly technical space science and engineering project or, the successful PDF will have an engineering background and will learn the relevant aspects of wrist bone and muscle physiology.

Responsibilities: The PDF will determine the experiment hardware design and experimental protocol and will use, as much as possible, ideas generated by three PhD students on the project. The three PhD projects will be a mix of engineering and life science with two of the projects focusing on engineering aspects and one focusing on bone and muscle health issues. The PDF will be responsible for managing the design, construction and acceptance testing of the hardware and software and will be immersed in a commercially run project involving the flight of a space-like experiment that includes pre-flight, mission and post-flight phases. The environment will be multi-organizational, involving the university, a commercial engineering company and the flight provider, typical of a space mission. The zero-g flight, composed of 2 flights with 4 parabolas each in an NRC Falcon 20 jet, will give the PDF hands-on experience operating the MRI under the weightless and other demanding physical circumstances (the high g pull outs) of the flight.

Outcomes: The PDF will obtain experience, knowledge and a professional skill set of value to the space sector, a skill set difficult to acquire without the hands-on experience provided by the project. At the completion of the project, the PDF will be ready to take advantage of future opportunities for joining a life science space mission team.

Term:  March 1, 2017 to April 30, 2020.

Salary:  $45,000 per year to start

How to Apply: Email, as a pdf file or files, a cover letter describing your research interests and how your background and experience match the qualifications described, your CV, academic transcript, doctoral dissertation abstract and, names and contact information of three references to:

Dr. Gordon E. Sarty, P.Eng.

Division of Biomedical Engineering

University of Saskatchewan

gordon.sarty@usask.ca

Tel: (306) 966-2321

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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