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Training & Employment Opportunities

Post and Pre-Doctoral:

1.      Post Doctoral

2.      Pre-Doctoral

Fellowship Training Opportunities:

Integrative Physiology Section Senior Staff Scientist

Cardiovascular MRI Training Opportunities

Cardiac MRI Staff Scientist

1-5 year fellowships in Cardiovascular MRI

Imaging Sciences Training Program

Clinical Research Training Program 

Hughes Foundation Fellowships

NIH summer student program

Observational fellowship in cardiovascular MRI


Basic Sciences

The laboratory has several basic science training programs which focus in three major areas, Cardiac metabolism and physiology, Cardiac MRI and Imaging physics. These positions are of several categories: Individual Research Training Awards (IRTA), Staff Fellow, Visiting Fellowships, Visiting Associates and National Research Council Fellowships. All of these fellowships are initial two year appointments with potential extensions for an additional 3 years. All fellows receive a broad exposure to the physiological sciences as well as non-invasive technology with concentrated exposure to NMR, MRI and optical spectroscopy and imaging. A general small group course on NMR is provided each fall (4 hours/week) while a physiology program is presented in the spring (4 hours/week). A lively bi-weekly seminar program provides insights from other investigators in the field. Specific projects and programs can be evaluated from the project descriptions of the senior investigators and the laboratory bibliography. Inquires about the training program should be directed to Dr. Robert S Balaban.

Clinical Sciences

The Laboratory has initiated a clinical program in Cardiac MRI. This program concentrates on the clinical application of MRI to the cardiovascular system. The goal of this program is to enpower the clinical fellow in Cardiac MRI to permit future use and application of this powerful technology in their practice. This program includes training and research opportunities in cardiac function, perfusion, viablity and angiography using state-of-the-art MRI technology. The training program includes formal lecture series as well as hands-on clinical and research opportunities on industry standard equipment. Basic insights into the physics of MRI and its application are provided as well as a working knowledge of the hardware and software. Fellowships are available for cardiologists, radiologists or any medical speciality in this one or two year training program. Shorter training programs are under development. Inquires about this program should be directed to Dr. Robert S Balaban.



Pre-IRTA awards are available which provide funding for graduate students to conduct part of their graduate research programs at the NIH. These awards are for those who have completed course work and can do research full time. We have used this mechanism to support the research efforts of several graduate students in the past. A list of doctoral dissertations and affiliated Universities are presented below:

Han Wen PhD: 

"High field MRI" Physics University of Maryland.

Farouc Jaffer PhD:

"High Field MRI Studies on Humans" Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania

Valeska Scharen-Guivel:

"Detection and imaging of chemical exchange in biological tissues using 1H NMR" Physics, Catholic University (in progress).


Fellowship Training Opportunities

Integrative Physiology Section Senior Staff Scientist

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics (Chief, Robert S. Balaban Ph.D.), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking applications for a Staff Scientist to work in the area of cell biology or mitochondria biochemistry/bioenergetics. The focus of this position will be the evaluation of mitochondrial function in health and model disease states within intact cardiac cells both in vitro and in vivo. Technical approaches will include both single and multi-photon dynamic fluorescence techniques together with more conventional approaches in cell biology. Applicants with experience in single and multi-photon confocal microscopy, optical spectroscopy or mitochondrial energetics will be desirable.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. 

The Laboratory is equipped with both conventional confocal and multiphoton microscopes modified for in vivo studies that are dedicated to this project.  In addition, psec laser based ED-FRAP and FRET systems are available for kinetic studies.  Core services in whole animal imaging (MRI, CT, US etc), proteomics and genomics are available for correlative studies.  

This is a senior scientist position in the Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics that is associated with a competitive salary commensurate with the candidates experience and qualifications under Title 42.  Appointees must be US citizens, resident aliens, or nonresident aliens with a valid employment-authorized visa.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to:

Christine Fisher, Human Resources Specialist

 Office of Human Resources, NIH

31 Center Drive, MSC 2484, Bldg. 31, Rm. 5A28

Bethesda, MD 20892-2484 USA

(301) 496-6477

Please include vacancy identifier, HL- 03-0013 on ALL correspondence.

Applications must be received no later than April 1, 2003.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Cardiac MRI Staff Scientist

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health welcomes your application for a MRI staff scientist position in the field of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. NHLBI is one of the premier research sites of cardiac MRI with several clinical human scanners dedicated to this field, and very active programs in technical development and clinical evaluation. These include quantitative assessments of cardiac function, perfusion and viability. Rapid real-time cardiac imaging and interventional procedures are also being explored. The NIH campus is situated in Bethesda, Maryland, a town close to the culturally active Washington DC metropolitan area as well as the scenic Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. 

The incumbent will be conducting innovative research and development on state of the art clinical scanners, with the aim of patient applications. A Doctoral or Master's degree with experience in MR software development is required. Familiarity with the Siemens software environment is desirable. Term and salary of the position are dependent on qualifications.


Cardiovascular MRI Training Opportunities

Individuals interested in Cardiovascular MRI Training at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, should contact:

Andrew Arai, MD
Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
10 Center Drive
Building 10/B1D416, MSC1061
Bethesda, MD 20892-1061

Tel: 301-496-0248
Fax: 301-402-2389
Email: Andrew Arai, MD

Opportunities are available in the following programs:


1-5 year fellowships in Cardiovascular MRI

Includes 6 month NMR physics course

Adequate cardiac MRI experience to meet any of the upcoming credentialing criteria

Prefer candidates that are Board Certified or Eligible in Cardiology or Radiology

Alternatively, Cardiology fellows in their final year of a 3-4 year fellowship program

Our laboratory requires individuals to be eligible for licensure in Maryland.

(exceptions for foreign nationals are available on a limited basis)

Research expenses and travel expenses provided

Stipend appropriate with experience


Imaging Sciences Training Program

3rd or 4th year medical students interested in clinical research

Stipend includes support for tuition and is determined by the CRTP


Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP)

3-4 year medical students interested in clinical research

Stipend includes support for tuition and is determined by the CRTP


Hughes Foundation Fellowships

Summer research program for medical students

1-2 year research training opportunities


NIH summer student program 

High school and college students may apply

Stipend determined by the Hughes Foundation


Observational fellowship in cardiovascular MRI

1 - 7 day visiting observer positions available on a limited basis

requires outside funding

available on a very limited basis

Board certified cardiologists or radiologists

US licensure recommended

Program individualized for candidates needs and program needs



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