Postdoctoral Associate

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 11, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

A postdoctoral fellow appointment is available within the group of Eli Vlaisavljevich, Ph.D., in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech. Candidates will be considered for multiple projects that include but are not limited to the following:
1) Development of hardware and software for custom Focused Ultrasound (FUS) transducers and electronic driving systems for various ongoing histotripsy projects.
2) Investigation of histotripsy methods for the precise and non-invasive ablation liver, kidney, pancreatic, bone, and brain tumors.
3) Development of thermomechanical FUS ablation devices and novel ultrasound imaging feedback methods for the treatment of fibrous masses.
4) Development of miniaturized FUS systems for endoscopic histotripsy applications and rapid DNA extraction systems used for environmental conservation.

The candidate would work closely with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and clinicians on the development of these new FUS technologies. We are seeking motivated, creative individuals interested in working within a team environment on projects ranging from early-stage technology development to pre-clinical trials in small and large animals, including ongoing veterinary clinical trials.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. training in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, applied physics, or other closely related fields. Ideal candidates will have research experience (academic or industry) in areas related to these research projects such as FUS transducer design, ultrasound physics, phased-array transducers, image-guided cancer ablation, or ultrasound neuromodulation. Candidates must have demonstrated the ability to perform experimental work, publish papers, and work independently and collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates with strong programming skills (Verilog/VHDL, JavaScript, Python, Matlab, C++) and experience in circuit design, ECAD and PCB design, and digital logic are highly encouraged to apply. Candidates should be comfortable approaching challenging problems and working independently or in small interdisciplinary teams with graduate and undergraduate students.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

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Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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Advertised: December 11, 2020
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