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.
RESEARCH FELLOW OPENING IN TRANSLATIONAL CARDIOVASCULAR BIOLOGY
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Structural Heart Research & Innovation Laboratory
The structural heart research and innovation laboratory in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at Emory University, led by Dr. Muralidhar Padala, is seeking an experienced post-doctoral research fellow in cardiovascular biology, to enrich our projects on left ventricular and left atrial remodeling in valvular heart disease. In this position, the candidate will be using small and large
animal models to investigate the structural and functional remodeling that occurs in cardiac chambers in response to hemodynamic stress from valvular disease, and the impact of correcting the valve lesion on reversing the cardiac chamber damage. Our laboratory is an 18-member team consisting of biologists, engineers, clinicians and undergraduate students from various
backgrounds, all of whom are focused on the topics of heart valve disease and heart failure.
The ideal candidate will be someone with a PhD in biological sciences or biomedicalengineering, and MD/PhD or an MD, with some published expertise in studying cardiac biology. Experience with laboratory molecular biology techniques, such as western blotting,
PCR, histopathology, cell culture, are required. Prior experience with systems biology approaches, cardiomyocyte culture and single cardiomyocyte contraction studies, optical mapping, and single cell mechanics is a big plus. Experience with animal models is a positive aspect, but is not necessary. Our lab has extensive experience in animal models, and a candidate
wishing to learn complex surgical models in small and large preclinical models will have several opportunities. The candidate needs to demonstrate scientific productivity till date, in the form of first author peer reviewed publications in respected journals, and conference presentations. A track record of experience with grant writing and any previous grant funding is a plus.
Successful candidate will be appointed to this position in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the Emory School of Medicine, reporting to Dr. Muralidhar Padala. Candidates seeking an academic career trajectory in a biomedical engineering or medical school setting in the future will be preferred. Opportunities and adequate mentoring to
develop the candidate towards an independent academic career will be plenty, with an emphasis on submitting career development grants and K-grants. The initial appointment for this position will be for a period of 3 years, with an annual review and renewal process. NIH scale will be used to determine salary, and a generous benefits package is provided per the
university policies. A more senior appointment is possible for an appropriate candidate.