A highly motivated
candidate with strong
experimental experience in the areas of biomedical engineering, biomedical
ultrasound, biophysics, or cell biology is sought for a Postdoctoral
Research Associate position in the Center for Ultrasound Molecular Imaging and
Therapeutics at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh, PA. The candidate will work under the direct supervision of Dr.
Flordeliza S. Villanueva, MD, Director of the Center. A major research focus is the application of
ultrasound and ultrasound contrast agents (microbubbles) for gene and drug
delivery in cardiovascular disease and cancer, with particular emphasis on
investigating underlying mechanisms of ultrasound mediated cell poration for
delivery of therapeutics, and effects of ultrasound-microbubble interactions on
signaling pathways governing endothelial permeability. The successful candidate is expected to work independently and
collaboratively with the multidisciplinary
members of the Center comprised of faculty of diverse scientific backgrounds, postdoctoral
fellows, graduate students, and technicians.
The successful candidate will have completed a
PhD in biomedical engineering, biomedical ultrasound, biophysics, cell biology,
or equivalent experience in related fields.
Applicants must have background and experience with confocal live cell
imaging, endothelial biology, and cell culture.
Experience in biomedical ultrasound and ultrasound contrast agents,
although not mandatory, would be an advantage.
Candidates must also demonstrate scientific communication skills,
enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and collaboration.
The Center for
Ultrasound Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics is engaged in both basic and
translational investigations involving ultrasound contrast agents for imaging
and therapy with a broad range of biomedical applications. The Center particularly emphasizes development
of multidisciplinary and novel approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of
cardiovascular diseases using principles of ultrasound and acoustically active
agents as molecular probes and/or therapeutic delivery agents. The Center
houses one of the most advanced ultra-high speed camera systems dedicated for
the study of microbubble dynamics and mechanisms of ultrasound and microbubble
mediated therapy. Dr. Villanueva is fully committed to the professional
development of her trainees, and she especially welcomes applications from
women and underrepresented minorities. More information about the Center is
available at www.imagingtherapeutics.pitt.edu
Dr. Flordeliza S.
Center for Ultrasound
Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics
PUH South Tower,
Suite CE361, UPMC HVI
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213