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Niendorf Lab

Experimental Ultrahigh-Field MR


The group’s research concentrates on the development of MR-methodology and MR technology with a focus on new ways of mapping and probing morphology, function, physiology and metabolism together with explorations of the benefits and challenges of ultrahigh-field imaging to advance cardiovascular, neurovascular, molecular and other MRI applications.

These efforts are designed to spatially resolve and characterize (patho) physiological processes and biophysical mechanisms to promote a transfer from basic research to (pre) clinical studies and vice versa. However, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and imaging speed have become an increasingly stringent limit in new MRI applications.

Promising in this regard is the increase in magnetic field strengths available for both animal (9.4 T) and whole-body MR (3.0 T and 7.0 T) scanners, though ultrahigh-field MRI has earned the moniker of being among the most challenging MRI applications.

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The Berlin Ultrahigh-Field Facility (B.U.F.F.) offers open positions to young academics and scientists who are interested in the development and clinical application of ultrahigh-field magnetic resonance imaging as Diploma-, Master-, Bachelor-, and Doctoral Thesis Projects.

Interested candidates may send CV and cover letter to

Alternatively, you can directly apply to one of the following research programs at the B.U.F.F. that recently announced open positions. Please mind the application details in the projects' description.


Translational imaging of brain function

How does the brain work? How does external input impinge on internal brain states? How did the functional underpinnings emerge throughout evolution?

In this cutting-edge research program we apply functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and complementary techniques to detail brain functions and network dynamics in humans and small animal models, with a strong clinical focus.


Application details

We currently offer Master and Bachelor thesis projects for a running period of 4-12 months. We are looking for ambitious students with an independent working style, who are keen to learn and grow in an international research environment at the interface of (f)MRI and molecular medicine. [click for details]

Application criteria  Applicants should ideally hold a background in either psychology, medical or life sciences, (bio)physics, signal processing, statistics, or related fields. Background in fMRI is beneficial, but not required.

Project scope  You will learn how to plan and conduct fMRI experiments in humans and/or mice, how to handle and adjust advanced functional MRI protocols, as well as complementary techniques.

Project structure  Besides a classical project structure, we provide the opportunity for tandem projects in which two students collaborate and support each other. In this form individual objectives are embedded in a common research project. This makes the work more fun and efficient.