The George Washington University Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) department’s mission is to motivate and inspire our students by providing high-caliber, fully integrated programs in biomedical engineering in order to provide leadership in a rapidly evolving global information society in the service of humanity and to advance the state of knowledge in our disciplines by actively pursuing scholarly research for publication and dissemination.
The BME Department wishes to hire a Post-Doctoral Scientist who will conduct ex-vivo and in-vivo cardiac physiology experiments in several research projects that include topics in heart failure, hypoxia, sleep apnea, and the modulation of cardiac function by the autonomic nervous system. This position reports will report to the Professor of Engineering and Applied Science.
Studies involve aspects of small animal surgery, in-vivo cardiovascular assessments, ex-vivo heart preparations, optical mapping of fluorescence probes, chemogenetics, microscopy, histology, and broad molecular and cellular biology techniques.
Designs and conducts experiments, analyzes data, prepares figures, and submits manuscripts for publication.
Co-mentoring of graduate and undergraduate student researchers with BMEfaculty is expected as well as some tasks related to lab management.
Performs other work-related duties, as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Qualified candidates will hold a PhD in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.
Strong background in cardiovascular physiology, excellent problem solving and organizational skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and ability to work independently and as an effective member of a research team is preferred.
Ideal candidates have strong quantitative and data analysis skills as well as adequate knowledge of cardiac electrophysiology and/or cardiac metabolism and/or neurocardiology and/or optogenetics/molecular biology.
Candidates with previous research experience in excised heart preparations, optical mapping of fluorescent probes, small animal surgery, rodent models of heart failure, and broad molecular and cellular biology techniques are highly encouraged to apply.
Evidence for good writing skills and a competitive publication record during the Ph.D. studies are a plus.