Date Posted: Mar 25, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Topics: Spinal cord injury, ultrasound imaging, biomarker development, neuroprotection
Applicants are invited for two postdoctoral positions at the University of Washington, School of Medicine in the area of spinal cord injury repair under the leadership of Dr. Christoph Hofstetter. Dr. Hofstetter an academic neurosurgeon has assembled an outstanding multidisciplinary research team focusing on the development of early biomarkers for acute spinal cord injury. The postdoctoral fellows will be under the guidance of Dr. Zin Khaing, a renowned neurobiologist with extensive experience in the pathophysiology of experimental models of spinal cord injury and Dr. Matt Bruce, a physicist with vast expertise in ultrasound imaging. The positions are associated with grant-funded projects examining the development of ultrasound-based biomarkers for traumatic spinal cord injury.
Our current research efforts focus on the development of novel ultrasound-based imaging techniques to assess local tissue perfusion and characterize blood flow characteristics in the microvasculature in a rodent model. We hope to develop and evaluate ultra-early biomarkers for spinal cord injuries that can predict injury severities. We have also started initial efforts to translate this ultrasound-based technology to our patients. Our research team is interdisciplinary (clinician scientist, neuroscientist and physicist). Successful candidates will be expected to integrate well with our current research team and perform analysis of data from ultrasound imaging, signal processing, use of statistical models to develop predictive models to cellular analyses. Candidates with knowledge of spinal cord injury models, secondary damage after injury and ultrasound imaging are encouraged to apply.
Anticipated start date is 5/1/19. This is an annually renewed (12 month service period) appointment.
Eligible applicants should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field, or foreign equivalent. Salary will be commensurate with research experience and based on the NIH guidelines for postdoctoral trainees.