BIDS and Nofima partner to support postdoctoral research in diffusion MRI for sustainable seafood

June 24, 2019

Nearly half of all edible seafood is wasted due to real or perceived quality problems. At the same time seafood characterization, which could greatly improve the situation, remains highly qualitative. Nofima, the Norwegian institute of food, fisheries and aquaculture research, in collaboration with BIDS and Lund University, is setting out to change this.

A postdoctoral research position is being advertised at Nofima, for research that will use state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to develop quantitative descriptors of fish tissue.

In particular, newly developed diffusion-weighted imaging methods will be used to describe tissue structure at multiple length scales. This information will be used to improve processing and storage methods to minimize waste and improve sustainability in the fishing industry. MRI data will be correlated with hyperspectral imaging data with the aim of developing high throughput screening techniques.

With guidance from researchers at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, methods developed during this research will be contributed back to the Diffusing Imaging in Python (DiPy) library, a free and open source software project for computational neuroanatomy.

Tromsø, where Nofima is based, is listed by Lonely Planet as one of Europe's top ten destinations to visit and is renowned for hiking, skiing, climbing, and the spectacular northern lights. This, then, is a truly unique postdoctoral research opportunity, which combines cutting edge research, an opportunity to travel to Norway, the United States, and Sweden, as well as great arctic adventures.

The full job posting is available at  Prospective applicants may contact Kate Washburn at