The Cardiac Research Laboratory directed by Principal Investigator Dr. Julie Phillippi is seeking two (2) Postdoctoral Research Associates to join our interdisciplinary team of cell biologists, bioengineers, and clinicians to conduct NIH-supported research in bioengineered models of vascular cell and matrix biology with a focus on mechanobiology of smooth muscle cells and pericytes. Our multi-PI team within the Departments of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Bioengineering and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine established and maintains a large bank of human blood vessel specimens, cells, serum, and clinical imaging data to aid investigations of the cellular, molecular, and biomechanical processes underlying normal vascular biology and pathophysiology. The successful candidates will be expected to work on projects related to 3D cell culture models, vascular cell biology, extracellular matrix (ECM) biology, mechanobiology, hypoxic signaling, and ECM biomaterials. Knowledge in the following techniques and approaches is desirable: bioreactor-based dynamic culture systems, polymer-based tissue culture scaffolds, tissue bioassays, biomechanical testing and conditioning, microscopy (epi-fluorescence/confocal/multiphoton), immunoassays, histology, clinical imaging (echography, computed tomography), and image post-processing. The incumbent will be expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals, present results at scientific conferences, apply for external funding opportunities, and participate in the preparation of grant applications and progress reports from the team.
As a part of the postdoctoral training experience, the applicants can expect to receive career mentoring from faculty of various backgrounds (clinical and fundamental science) in developing a research program, writing research proposals, and to participate in career development activities.
Applicants should E-mail their CV, cover letter, and three reference letters attesting to their qualifications to the attention of Dr. Julie Phillippi email@example.com
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