Postdoctoral Fellow in Preclinical Traumatic Brain Injury

Atlanta, Georgia
NIH postdoctoral salary scale
Sep 01, 2021
Oct 01, 2021
Position Type
Full Time



A Research Scientist II postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Translational Neurotrauma Laboratory of Dr. Michelle LaPlaca at Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, GA, in the area of pre-clinical neurotrauma.  The NIH funded project entails investigating lipid biomarkers in the brain and various biofluids and efflux pathways (blood brain barrier and the glymphatic system) following mild-moderate traumatic brain injury.  A minimum 2-year commitment is preferred. 


The specific job duties undertaken include the following: working with animal models of traumatic brain injury, surgical and nonsurgical animal procedures, behavioral assays, biomarker assays, animal imaging, immunohistochemistry, image analysis, data analysis, and manuscript preparation.  Project management is a key responsibility. The candidate is expected to contribute to all aspects of the project and work closely with a multidisciplinary team that includes biomedical engineers, chemists, and neuroscientists. The position entails limited supervision of graduate and undergraduate researchers and working with laboratory technicians and the PI. 


A Ph.D. degree in neuroscience, physiology, biochemistry, bioengineering or related scientific field is required.  Experience in neuroscience, mammalian experimentation, and data analysis is necessary to be successful in this project. 


0-2 years related experience



  • Significant experience in neuroscience and mammalian experimentation.
  • Proven ability to carry out independent research studies, including experimental troubleshooting and data analysis.
  • Experience assisting in preparation of scientific manuscripts and grants
  • Excellent manual skills, including ability to perform stereotactic procedures, section brains, and perform molecular and biochemical assays
  • Experience in data science, biomarkers, and mass spectroscopy is beneficial, but not necessary.

About the Department

The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University was created jointly by the Emory University School of Medicine and the Georgia Tech College of Engineering. As such, we offer the best of both internationally renowned institutions. The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech has been consistently ranked as one of the top BioE/BME programs for several consecutive years.  This program is part of a vibrant biomedical community in Atlanta that includes the Emory School of Medicine, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (CTSA), Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, and more. This rich scientific environment provides unique and unparalleled research opportunities, including seminars given by leaders in science and engineering from throughout the U.S. and abroad, opportunities for collaborations, exposure to diverse research programs, and sophisticated core facilities.

Start Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Application Procedures:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV (with names of 3 references) to  Subject line:  Research Scientist II (LaPlaca Lab)

Georgia Tech is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with its obligations under federal law, each company that is a federal contractor or subcontractor is committed to taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans.

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