Job Opportunities

04/01/2017-09/01/2017

The
B.I.O.N.I.C. Lab in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh supported by three newly funded NIH R01s ($~8.5million) and has multiple positions (Postdoc, Lab Tech/Research Scientist, and Graduate Student).

For Postdoctoral Candidates, he/she should possess a Ph.D. degree in a related field including but not limited to Biomedical Engineering, Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Molecular/Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Optics, Material Science, and Mathematics. Animal surgery experience is preferred. The candidate should have a strong research background in neural engineering,  in vivo electrophysiology, or in vivo two-photon microscopy.  Experience with biomaterial fabrication, electrochemistry, material characterization, neural tissue histology, functional/evoked electrophysiology/imaging, functional electrical stimulation, neurochemical sensing, and advanced biological imaging (two-photon and confocal microscopy) are desired. Successful candidate will work on the chronic neural interface with special focus on implant-tissue interaction. He/she will be working with an interdisciplinary team of neural engineers, neuroscientists, neurosurgeon, biologists, and material scientists.

Interested candidates should submit curriculum vitae, the names of three references, a statement of research experience, and date of availability to professor Takashi Kozai (tdk18@pitt.edu).

Prospective Graduate Students, should apply here by the December 31st deadline. It is recommended that you select the Neural Engineering Track and contact Professor Takashi Kozai (tdk18@pitt.edu) early. As this is a multidisciplinary lab, we also accept motivated and ambitious candidates with BA/BS or in Graduate Programs of other related majors including, but not limited to: Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Molecular/Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Optics, Material Science, and Mathematics.

Lab Tech/Res Sci, Training will be provided to develop proficiency in operating electrophysiology, electrochemistry, and microscopy equipment in the acquisition of data from specimens. Duties include acquiring data from subjects, processing, archiving and performing analysis of imaging and electrophysiology data, and maintaining related records for several NIH-funded studies. Experience with computer systems management and MATLAB and/or Labview programming is desired. The successful candidate has the necessary interpersonal skills to work effectively with faculty and other members of the laboratory. This position will provide opportunities for contributing to publications, grant applications, and project management.

Undergraduate Students from all academic options are encouraged to apply. A minimum commitment of 12 hrs/wk in the lab is expected. Please send the lab a resume and a one-page letter stating why you are interested in joining the lab, and what you hope to gain from the experience.