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.
Postdoctoral Fellow Opening in Cardiovascular Engineering
Structural Heart Research & Innovation Laboratory
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University
The structural heart research and innovation laboratory in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at Emory University, led by Dr. Muralidhar Padala, is seeking a post-doctoral research fellow to join our interdisciplinary team. We are an 18-member team of biomedical engineers, and clinicians with an active NIH funded research portfolio of projects focused on valvular heart disease, heart failure, and image guided cardiovascular interventions. This specific position is being created to support our ongoing projects in transcatheter mitral and tricuspid valve repair and replacement.
Candidates with a PhD in an engineering field, with prior experience in experimental or computational cardiovascular biomechanics are being sought. Experience in computer aided design, prototyping and 3D printing, nitinol machining and shape setting, hydrodynamic testing of heart valves or other cardiovascular implants, experimental or computational mechanics would be most relevant to this project. Preclinical studies in chronic animal models will be integral to this project, and the fellow will have several opportunities to learn clinical
imaging, surgical and interventional aspects of animal studies, and closely interact with our clinical structural heart team at Emory. In addition to working on internal projects, the fellow will have umpteen opportunities to work with our collaborators in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech, and with industry partners involved in our research.
Our ideal candidate would be someone seeking a future research career in cardiovascular engineering, in academia or industry. A good publication record is required, and any prior experience with grant writing and obtaining funding is a plus. Opportunities to advance your career by obtaining career development grant or K grants would be highly encouraged and supported by the laboratory.
This position is funded for 3 years, with an annually renewable appointment based on performance. Primary appointment will be in the division of cardiothoracic surgery, in the department of surgery at Emory University. Salary will be commensurate with experience, following the NIH guidelines for post-doctoral fellows.