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Postdoctoral Scientist

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Posting Details


Job Description Summary:

Biomedical engineering education and research is an important mission of the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). Faculty and students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) work together to explore solutions to a number of pressing challenges, such as improving cancer detection rates, developing medical diagnostic devices for timelier, personalized healthcare and improving surgical outcomes.

Reporting to a Principal Investigator, the Postdoctoral Scientist will design and automate optical imaging and optical stimulation systems for in vitro and in vivo cardiac optogenetics.

Our experimental models involve human iPS-CMs and an adult rat model for optical control of cardiac electromechanical activity.

The Postdoctoral Scientist is expected to design and conduct experiments, analyze data, prepare and submit manuscripts for publication.

Lab management duties will include co-mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students.

Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a PhD in the field or in a related area.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications:

PhD in Optics, Biomedical Engineering, Physics or Computer Engineering (with basic biology background) or related discipline.

An ideal candidate should have strong quantitative skills and adequate knowledge of either biomedical optics/optical imaging/optogenetics and/or molecular biology/optogenetics.

In addition, they are expected to have strong background in at least one of the following:
molecular biology techniques, plasmids, viral vectors, gene delivery; optical imaging/control/electronics; cardiac tissue engineering; patch clamp; computer programming/physics/mathematical modeling.

It is essential that the candidates possess natural aptitude for problem solving, is highly motivated and willing to learn new skills.

Evidence for good writing skills and publication record during the Ph.D. studies is a plus.

Our group offers unique training at cutting-edge technology and interdisciplinary research in optical imaging and optical control at different scales (from cellular to whole heart to intact animal).


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
College/School/Department: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)
Family Research and Labs
Sub-Family Laboratory Research
Stream Individual Contributor
Level Level 3
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Hours Per Week: 40
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.
Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Internal Applicants Only? No
Posting Number: R000391
Job Open Date: 09/29/2017
Job Close Date: 01/08/2018
If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.
EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a PhD in Optics, Biomedical Engineering, Physics or Computer Engineering (with basic biology background) or related discipline?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have experience in at least two of the following: optics, optical mapping, optogenetics, cardiac electrophysiology, molecular biology and viral vectors, patch clamp experience, small animal surgery, ample Matlab computer programming skills? Please describe.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have any experience in designing or overseeing research projects including writing manuscripts and research proposals?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have experience mentoring and advising students at the undergraduate and graduate level?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents