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Postdoctoral Fellow
Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

Posted: 8/27/2013

The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University (Georgia Tech, Atlanta Campus) is seeking an outstanding candidate to fill the position of Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics Laboratory.

For further information, please see http://groups.bme.gatech.edu/groups/cfmg/group/home.htm.

Georgia Tech offers a competitive total compensation package.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering or a related engineering discipline.
  • Demonstrated experimental expertise and experience in: (i) biomechanics; (ii) fluid mechanics; and/or (iii) continuum mechanics.
  • Excellent collaborative and communication skills.
  • Strong proficiency in English.

Interested applicants should forward by e-mail a cover letter, curriculum vitae (include up to three recent publications), a short description of career goals and the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references to:

Dr. Ajit P. Yoganathan
Regents Professor and Associate Chair for Research
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
Email: ajit.yoganathan@bme.gatech.edu
Please also copy: sandra.maffey@bme.gatech.edu


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PRICE GILBERT JR. CHAIR IN REGENERATIVE ENGINEERING and MEDICINE

The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University and the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience invite applications and nominations for an appointment to the Price Gilbert, Jr. Chair in Regenerative Engineering and Medicine. The individual selected for this position will be expected to provide leadership in one or more of the core areas of the field of regenerative engineering and medicine. Examples include: 1) Stem cell engineering, genetic reprogramming and microenvironment regulation of stem cell and progenitor cell fate; 2) Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials, extracellular matrix biology, and bioreactor technology for the growth and preservation of tissue-engineered constructs; 3) Immune engineering; 4) Integration of computational and experimental models of cells and living systems; and 5) Translational science, integration of tissue-engineered products into living systems and product commercialization. The ideal candidate should be a program builder who can interact with researchers in cell and developmental biology and promote existing and new partnerships within the local biosciences community in Atlanta, including Emory University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Atlanta VA medical center. The successful candidate’s primary appointment will be in the joint Georgia Tech/Emory Biomedical Engineering Department with opportunities for joint appointments in other departments.

Interested candidates should provide a complete curriculum vitae, a description of their research interests, and the names and addresses of at least three references. Candidates must have an earned doctoral degree and a track record of significant accomplishment commensurate with appointment to a prestigious named chair at a world-leading research institution. Applications should be submitted to Robert E. Guldberg, Price Gilbert, Jr. Search Committee Chair, via the following web site: http://ibb.gatech.edu/price-gilbert-chair-application. Georgia Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Postdoctoral Fellow
Multifunctional Immunomodulatory Scaffold (MIS) to Promote Survival of Islet Transplants

A postdoctoral fellow is sought to work on a project that will examine the application of a novel multifunctional immunomodulatory biomaterial strategy to support islet graft survival and function. This is a multidisciplinary project involving biomaterials, islet transplantation for diabetes treatment and analysis of immune outcomes. The goal of this project is to assess the ability of a MIS to deliver signals temporally to modulate dendritic cell (DC) phenotype in vivo with a benefit on the immune situation. Specifically here, the objective is to support acceptance of islet allografts. The MIS has been developed in the Babensee laboratory for the sequential, timed delivery of immunomodulators to induce derivation of tolerogenic DCs which with concomitant exposure to tolerizing antigen of the tissue to be transplanted, to support antigen-specific graft acceptance. The MIS is based on a cryogel scaffold of DC maturation-inert material viz., agarose, with entrapped differentially- crosslinked gelatin microparticles to sequentially deliver biomolecules. This project will examine the suitability of the MIS construct environment to allow autologous islet cell survival, characterize the local and systemic immune-inhibitory environment and the ability of MIS to support acceptance and function of islet allografts.

The project will develop expertise in experimental design, implantation of biomaterial scaffolds for immunomodulation and islet transplantation into mice and analysis of subsequent islet cell function/survival and immune outcomes. Specific techniques to be used include isolation and culture of islets of Langerhans from mice, implantation of MIS and islets in biomaterial constructs and analysis of islet survival (e.g. histology/immunohistochemistry for insulin, glucose levels), host tissue harvesting for flow cytometric analysis of immune cell phenotype and cytokine profiles. This project is supported by an Innovation & Leadership in Engineering Technologies and Therapies (ILET2) for Diabetes Training funded by NIH. It is collaborative research project between Dr. Julia Babensee (in BME at Georgia Tech and Emory University) and Dr. Allan Kirk (Emory Transplant Center). Dr. Andres Garcia (Georgia Tech) also provides biomaterial gel technology for islet transplantation as a collaborator. This postdoctoral fellow working on this project will do so at both the Petit Biotechnology Building at Georgia Tech and Emory Transplant Center.

Interested candidates should have as Ph.D. in bio- or biomedical engineering or a basic science (e.g., biochemistry, immunology, biology). Experience in at least some of the following techniques is preferred (but not necessary): mammalian cell culture, ELISA, flow cytometry, working with mice, Luminex, histology/immunohistochemistry. The ability to contribute productively in a multidisciplinary team environment is essential, as is the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Interested applicants should forward by e-mail a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a short description of career goals and the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references to:

Julia E. Babensee, Ph.D.
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
315 Ferst Dr.
Atlanta, GA, 30332-0535
Email: julia.babensee@bme.gatech.edu

Additional information about the research group is available at: http://groups.bme.gatech.edu/groups/babensee/.


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Postdoctoral Fellow

We invite candidates for a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship in The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. The position is designed to study the role of biomechanical risk factors in the pathogenesis of glaucoma, the second most common cause of blindness in the world. We are particularly interested in how the microstructure of the lamina cribrosa, a porous connective tissue in the optic nerve head, influences the eye’s response to elevations in intraocular pressure, and in turn, how this affects the mechanobiology of the retinal ganglion cells and optic nerve head astrocytes.

The position involves experimental measurements designed to characterize the micro-architecture of the relevant connective tissues; these measurements will in turn drive numerical modeling of optic nerve head biomechanics. Experimental studies will be done in conjunction with researchers testing neuroprotective approaches in animal models of glaucoma. Specific techniques for this work include high-resolution micro-CT imaging of contrast-enhanced post mortem tissues, image processing/segmentation, finite element modeling (including effects of tissue microarchitecture and anisotropy) and in vivo imaging, using for example optical coherence tomography.

We seek a Postdoctoral Researcher who has experience with a significant number of the specific techniques described above, particularly in the study of soft tissue biomechanics. Suitable candidates will have a background in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, imaging or biophysics. Candidates should have excellent initiative and interpersonal skills, strong writing abilities and a desire to succeed in a fast-moving research field. Experience working in the eye is a definite plus. This position comes with a competitive salary. It is based at Georgia Tech, but will involve significant interaction with researchers at the Atlanta Veterans’ Administration Medical Center.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Georgia Tech's campus occupies 400 acres in the heart of the city of Atlanta, where more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive a focused, technologically based education. The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University is a joint department, equally part of the Emory School of Medicine and the Georgia Tech College of Engineering communities. As such, we offer the best of both internationally renowned institutions. The Department is comprised of highly collaborative innovators in research and education with an emphasis on translational and interdisciplinary research, and offers the number 2 ranked BME graduate program in the US (US News and World Reports).

In your cover letter, please provide evidence of writing ability and independent research capability. Applicants should submit, via email, a cover letter, CV, short description of career goals & three professional references to:

Faculty Name: Dr. Ross Ethier
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Email: ross.ethier@bme.gatech.edu
Date position open: Immediately

Additional information about the research group is available at: http://www.ethierlab.gatech.edu/.


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Research Technologist I

The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University is seeking a talented, enthusiastic individual to work as a Research Technologist I in The Center for Pediatric Nanomedicine, a research center sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Tech, and Emory University on the Georgia Tech Campus. It is essential that the successful candidate has research experience on human pluripotent stem cells (website). The Research Technologist is expected to conduct independent research and provide technical support to postdoctoral fellows.

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in Cell Biology or related discipline. Experience with cell culture and skills in cellular and molecular technology such as flow cytometry analysis and qRT-PCR are highly preferred.
  • Excellent skills in problem solving, communication, and organized record keeping.

Specialized Skills:
  • Lab safety practices

Application packages must contain: curriculum vitae, complete contact information for three professional references, and a cover letter describing skills and research experience. Applications must be sent, via email only, to:



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