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NIH-funded post-doctoral fellows

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NIH post-doctoral salary scale ($47,500+ benefits)
Closing date
Aug 3, 2021
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Position Summary: Applications are invited for highly motivated post-doctoral candidates in the Regenerative Imaging Laboratory in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh. The post-docs will investigate the role of neurogenesis in bioscaffold-induced tissue regeneration in rodent models of stroke. The candidates are expected to be part of a multi-disciplinary effort that encompasses bioengineering, neuroscience and radiological approaches. Our laboratories main aim is to develop restorative approach to repair the damage caused by stroke in preclinical models. This encompasses the use of extracellular matrix as a bioscaffold, but also includes the use of neural stem cells and their formulation in pre-formed tissue constructs.

These positions are ideal for researchers interested in developing expertise in the emerging field of restorative neuroscience. The applicants will be encouraged and supported to pursue independent funding and advance their academic career. Collaborative projects with industry partners also provide an opportunity to explore careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. The R21 NIH-funded positions will be for an initial appointment period of 2 years, whereas a R01 funded positions will be for 5 years.

Primary effort and responsibilities: The post-doc fellows are expected to lead our effort to implant extracellular matrix-based bioscaffold into a rat model of stroke using MRI-guidance, followed by immunohistochemical analyses to evaluate its potential for the treatment of tissue damage caused by stroke. The main focus of this position will be on in vivo preclinical experiments, MR imaging and their histological analysis, but opportunities are available to extend this effort to include behavioral analyses. As part of the candidates’ post-doctoral training, it is expected that they will contribute to manuscript and grant writing, as well as present their research effort at scientific conferences. The post-docs will also have the opportunity to co-supervise undergraduate and graduate researchers, as well as be an integral part of managing the day-to-day activities of the laboratory.

Education and Experience: Applicants must have completed a higher academic degree (preferably a PhD, but other doctoral programs, such as MD and DO, will also be considered) to allow appointment as a post-doctoral fellow on the NIH pay scale. A strong background in bioengineering or neuroscience will be helpful, with experience in small animal surgery being the key requirement. A strong publication record is also required.

Critical skills and expertise: The most decisive qualities will be good teamwork, being motivated, and being a quick learner. Experience in middle cerebral artery occlusion is advantageous with the candidate having a strong work ethics that ensures appropriate care is delivered to animals. Experience with implanting bioscaffold and acquiring MR images are desirable, but training can be provided if required. Design and analysis of experiments, as well as writing and presenting of research data are also essential and it is expected that the applicant will demonstrate these skills in a brief 15 minutes presentation during the interview process.

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Applications and further inquiries: This position is immediately available. Interested applicants should email Dr Mike Modo ( with their CV, a cover letter outlining their interests and career plans, as well as the names for 3 references. Interested applicants can also apply on

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.


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