Information for Prospective Members

We are currently looking for new graduate students and postdocs!!


Our group continuously seeks new people who want to learn and contribute to cutting-edge in vivo MRI and MRS research.  Position availability is subject to group size, funding, and synergy of your interests with those of the group.  The following information is provided to help you with choices, both in this group and in others.

Prospective Graduate Students

Note that the application process to Stanford University is done through academic departments, not through individual researchers. If you have not visited a departmental admission site, please do so before continuing.  Current and previous graduate students have come from the departments of Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Biophysics.

Learn About This Group:  Read the different pages on this site, consider a research rotation if you are a student at Stanford and contact people in our group with specific questions.

Prerequisites:  MRI/MRS research is an interdisciplinary field combining Engineering, Physics, Biochemistry, and Medicine. Without a true passion for research and an interest in one of these areas, you are unlikely to be successful in this research group.  The following should be considered:

Skills:  Strong written communication skills, oral presentation skills, and computer skills (General maintentance, progrmming, Unix/Linux, Matlab, C/C++, Debugging!).

Courses: (Strongly recommended - Stanford courses or equivalents)  EE 261 - Fourier Transforms, EE 369B (Basic MRI), EE 263 (Linear Systems), EE 264 (Digital Filtering).

Other Attributes:  Experience with MRI scanners, Preference if you have passed PhD qualifying exams, References from people with whom you have worked previously.

Prospective Post-Doctoral Fellows or Staff

Much of the information for students applies to more senior positions as well.

Most lab members have substantial MRI and MRS experience including pulse sequence programming, data processing and reconstruction, and/or MRI hardware. However, our research in hyperpolarized 13C MRS and metabolic imaging also needs individuals with backgrounds in NMR spectroscopy, chemistry, and biochemistry .  You should also be capable of working in a team-oriented environment but able to independently solve problems.

General Advice / Contacting Us

  • Try to narrow your interests and find research groups that fits. If you are just looking for any group that will fund you, you are unlikely to be successful.

Please do not send "form" emails.  We will not respond to inquiries that do not show genuine interest.

Obtain references from faculty with whom you've worked. If you do project courses, you can get such references.

This group does not offer medical fellowships - please directly contact one of the clinical departments.

RSL locations

The Richard M. Lucas Center for Medical Imaging

1201 Welch Rd, Stanford CA 94305-5488

Stanford School of Medicine Technology & Innovation Park

3155 Porter Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94304