This is an advertisement for a post-doctoral position at our academic partner, George Mason University, as a part of a collaborative research and development effort. George Mason University, Department of Bioengineering within the Volgenau School of Engineering is seeking highly motivated candidates for Postdoctoral Fellowship positions to work on interdisciplinary research spanning medical imaging, biomechanics, sensorimotor control, and rehabilitation engineering. Our interdisciplinary research team is based at the Center for Adaptive Systems of Brain Body Interactions (CASBBI). Our research group has multiple ongoing collaborations in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, including national laboratories and hospitals, and provides a stimulating environment of interdisciplinary research. Our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art instruments for imaging, functional assessment, neuroscience and human movement research, and our research is funded by multiple federal agencies.
We’re looking for a candidate who possesses strong technical skills, values entrepreneurship, is strongly motivated, and has a passion for working on the next generation prosthetic technology and delivering immediate impact to patients in need. At the core we are looking for a tinkerer, someone who is passionate about coding and building electronics components and lives to solve technical challenges. We are looking for individuals who can thrive in a highly collaborative interdisciplinary environment and take leadership roles in developing their own independent research initiatives.
The successful candidates are expected to take a leadership role in ongoing research projects in our research group, and will also be encouraged to develop personal research aligned with the broad goals of our laboratories and collaborators. We are seeking candidates for multiple projects. One project involves working on a US Department of Defense funded position for the development of custom ultrasound sensors and instrumentation and their application to control external devices such as prosthetic hands and exoskeletons, and their clinical evaluation. A second project involves working with an interdisciplinary team of clinical collaborators to understand the role of asymptomatic carotid disease in contributing to deficits in cognitive and mobility function. As part of the postdoctoral experience, applicants will receive mentoring for developing research proposals, and participation in career development activities will be strongly encouraged.
The successful candidate will have excellent opportunities for professional growth. Specifically, candidates will have a chance to:
- Work on interdisciplinary projects. Our research group has broad disciplinary expertise, from instrumentation development, imaging systems, machine learning and image analysis algorithms, preclinical research all the way to human clinical studies. We collaborate closely with engineers, scientists and clinicians from many different disciplines. Candidates will have an opportunity to develop existing technical skills as well as acquire new disciplinary skills.
- Work closely with cutting edge technology. The candidate will work on technologies such as multi-articulated prosthetic hands, flexible electronics, and small form factor/low energy components, as well as state of the art machine learning and data science applications.
- Launch products. Candidates will have an opportunity to be involved with every aspect of product development cycles; from acquiring user needs to building early prototypes to launching a product and continual support of the product after launch. There are opportunities to be involved in a new start up venture.
- PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or equivalent degree
- Strong aptitude for math and physics
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with people outside of the field
- At least 5 years of experience either in embedded system and instrumentation design and testing, or in medical image analysis and data science.
- Experience with biomedical imaging and instrumentation, specifically ultrasound.
- Project management experience
- Experience with signal and image processing
- An entrepreneurial spirit and unrelenting intellectual curiosity
For full consideration, applicants must complete the online application for position number F303AZ at https://jobs.gmu.edu/. Applicants must upload a cover letter explaining area of research and how their skill set will be a benefit to this position, a curriculum vitae, a statement on what diversity and inclusion means to you (as Other Doc), and a list of three professional references with contact information. The review of applications will begin on March 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.
About the Center for Adaptive Systems of Brain Body Interactions:
CASBBI brings together scientists, engineers, health care professionals, and community stakeholders to pursue transdisciplinary fundamental research and to create translational innovations aimed at challenges related to disability. CASBBI consists of 18 core faculty and 8 affiliate faculty spanning a number of departments at Mason. Ongoing projects at CASBBI bridge multiple disciplinary areas including bioengineering, neuroscience, psychology and rehabilitation through extensive collaborations. Our laboratories are equipped with state of the art instruments and research platforms for imaging (ultrasound, MRI, near infrared spectroscopy), neuroscience (multichannel EEG, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, transcranial Doppler), as well as clinical research facilities for cardiovascular, neurosurgery and rehabilitation research applications through our clinical partners. CASBBI faculty conduct research funded by a number of federal agencies, including the NIH, NSF, DoD and the VA, with over $5 million/year in research expenditures. CASBBI faculty have active collaborations with healthcare institutions including INOVA, Children’s National Medical Center, National Rehabilitation Hospital, government agencies such as the FDA, as well as federal laboratories such as the Naval Research Laboratory, NIH Clinical Center, and a number of academic medical centers in the National Capital Region. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to be immersed in this highly interdisciplinary environment.
The Biomedical Imaging Lab within CASBBI conducts translational research using imaging to investigate pathophysiology and function. One overarching focus of our research is the investigation of brain-body interactions through imaging. In particular, we are studying the interactions between the central and peripheral nervous system and the musculoskeletal system in a number of clinical conditions of major public health significance, such as chronic pain, stroke, spinal cord injury, and amputation. The interdisciplinary group conducts pre-clinical research for developing new technology as well as translational research on human subjects. The group uses state-of-the-art ultrasound and laser instrumentation for developing new ultrasound, optical, and hybrid imaging techniques. Our research has potential applications in noninvasive diagnosis, screening, and treatment monitoring for a number of diseases, as well as for understanding underlying mechanisms of disease.
About George Mason University:
Mason is the largest public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of nearly 34,000 students studying in over 208 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016, and was ranked number one in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report “Up-and-Coming” list of national universities. Mason stands at the doorstep of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. The Northern Virginia business community includes a number of Fortune 500 companies. In addition to its 677-acre main campus in Fairfax, Mason has campuses in Arlington and Prince William counties in Virginia, as well as an international campus in Songdo, Korea. Reflective of the university’s strong commitment to biomedical research and biotechnology is the recent launch of the $40 million, 75-000-square-foot Institute for Biomedical Innovation, and a strategic partnership
focused on personalized health with INOVA, the largest health system in Northern Virginia.