JOB DESCRIPTION: Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.
The biohybrid systems laboratory (https://www.biohybridlab.org/) of Sung-Jin Park, Ph.D. is housed in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University School of Medicine, ranked #1 and #3 in the USA among undergraduate and graduate BME programs, respectively. The laboratory is highly multidisciplinary with primary interests in cardiac and skeletal muscle engineering. We aim to elucidate (1) how biological systems coordinate the hierarchical structures and functions of their individual components in order to produce emergent physical behaviors such as morphogenesis, migration, and contraction and (2) how disrupting this coordination potentiates disease. Based on the candidate’s research background and interests, the fellow would have the opportunity to work on potential projects: (1) developing interactive biohybrid robotic systems capable of recapitulating tissue- and organ-level coordinated functions by harnessing cardiac and skeletal muscle systems, (2) modeling inherited muscle diseases through the use of induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes carrying patient-specific mutations. The project will amalgamate robotics, muscle mechano/electro-biology, molecular biology, and optics, which span remote disciplines that previously have never been investigated together in a single system.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. and/or MD degree (or the equivalent). Hands-on experience with the development of in vitro cell/tissue models is required. Additional experience in live cell imaging, cardiac and skeletal muscle tissue engineering, stem cell engineering, gene editing, molecular biology, single molecule fluorescence in situ hybridization (smFISH), optogenetics, microfabrication, tissue scaffold design and engineering, massive data and image processing, and computational modeling is desirable.
Interviews will be conducted until the position is filled. To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, names and contact information for three references.