Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis is seeking applications for post-doctoral research fellow position in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The post-doctoral fellow will perform research related to the development of chitosan materials for implant, drug delivery and tissue engineering/regenerative medicine.
The Biomedical Engineering Department is part of the Joint University of Memphis - University of Tennessee Health Science Center Graduate Biomedical Engineering Program offering both MS and PhD degrees. The Joint program capitalizes on the engineering, materials science, biology, stem cell biology and chemistry programs at the University of Memphis with the College of Dentistry, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and other clinical and basic science health programs at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Program also provides opportunities for interacting with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Methodist Hospital, a level one trauma hospital. University of Memphis also has an undergraduate B.S. in Biomedical Engineering degree program. Memphis is also home to Medtronic Spinal & Biologics, Smith-Nephew Orthopedics, Wright Medical Technologies Inc. Micro-Port Orthopedics Inc, as well as many other biomedical implant companies making Memphis the second largest manufacturer of implant devices in the world. Memphis also supports a robust biomedical entrepreneurial culture including programs at the FedEx Institute of Technology and Memphis Bioworks to help develop new biomedical technologies and industry. Thus there are many opportunities to interact across multiple disciplines including clinicians, patients, engineers, scientists, business and manufacturers.
We seek highly-motivated and hard-working candidates with strong scholarly outlook, and a keen desire to perform cutting-edge and applied research.
Applicants should have Ph.D. degree, or have successfully defended dissertation prior to start date, in biomedical engineering, materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, polymer science or a closely related field. Applicants should have a working knowledge chitosan and chemical modifications of chitosan polymers and or natural biopolymers for biomedical applications. Experience in polymer characterization methodologies (e.g. GPC/HPLC, NMR, DSC, XRD, XPS, SEM, mechanical testing, etc), chemical modification and in vitro cell culture techniques is required. Experience in electrospinning and nanotechnology, bone, macrophage and stem cell culture and molecular biology techniques, local drug delivery technology, in vivo rodent bone models, micro-computed tomography, and histological/histomorphometric techniques is an advantage. Studies will be directed at development of guided bone regeneration membranes and local delivery of drugs to augment healing of grafted defects. Position is supported by an NIH grant 1 R01 DE026759-01 Chitosan Guided Bone Regeneration Membranes.
Applicants must submit their application through https://workforum.memphis.edu. Click on the faculty box to find the biomedical engineering posting. Applications must include a letter detailing personal qualifications and experience related to the position, a comprehensive curriculum vita, and the full names and contact information (the address, phone number, and email address) of three professional references. Screening of applications will begin April 1, 2017, and may continue until the position is filled.
The University of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and additional information about UM can be found at www.memphis.edu.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is in accordance with NIH post-doctoral guidelines.
About University of Memphis, Biomedical Engineering
The University of Memphis, also called The U of M, is an American public research university located in Memphis, Tennessee. Founded in 1912, the University has an enrollment of more than 22,000 students. With twenty-five Chairs of Excellence and five state-approved Centers of Excellence, the school is the flagship institution of The Tennessee Board of Regents system.
The university maintains Th...e Herff College of Engineering, The Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI), The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, The Loewenberg College of Nursing, The School of Public Health, The College of Communication and Fine Arts, The FedEx Institute of Technology, and The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology.
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