Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.
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 laboratory of Dr. Hee Cheol Cho in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia is seeking motivated and talented candidates for two postdoctoral fellowship positions. The two NIH-funded projects take advantage of cutting-edge bioengineering tools so as to understand the mechanisms of and develop treatments for heart rhythm-associated diseases. Throughout the fellowship period, career development strategies will be encouraged and implemented with the goal of promoting meritorious fellows toward independent faculty positions. Promotion opportunities will be sought externally as well as internally supported by resources provided by the Heart Regeneration Program of which Dr. Cho is the director. For more information, please visit ChoLab.org.
Project 1. Lineage-specific patterning of human pluripotent stem cells. The objectives of this project are to understand the mechanisms of cardiac chamber-specific differentiation of human ES/iPS cells, and to develop generalizable methods to derive nodal/atrial/ventricular myocytes. The emphasis is on dissecting electrophysiological properties of the de novo cardiac myocytes in vitro and upon transplantation in vivo.
Candidates are expected to have prior knowledge and experience in human ESC/iPSC biology and cardiac differentiation. The candidate will gain direct access to engage in translational projects toward cell-based therapies for cardiac structural as well as rhythm-associated diseases.
Project 2. Somatic cell reprogramming toward bioengineered cardiac pacemaker organoids. The objectives of this project are to understand the cellular events that take place during nodal cell reprogramming, and to develop strategies to bioengineer cardiac pacemaker tissue constructs. The emphasis is on characterizing the electrophysiological properties of the cell/tissue constructs in vitro, in whole-heart and in vivo.
Candidates are expected to have prior knowledge and experience in cardiac electrophysiology. The successful candidate will gain opportunities to advance this project to proof-of-concept studies in clinically-relevant models of cardiac arrhythmias in small and large animals developed by the Cho lab.
A recent graduate of PhD or MD with no more than three years of postdoc research experience