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Multiple positions in Parkinson's disease and molecular neuroengineering (Postdoc, Postbac)

Rice University
Houston, Texas
NIH Postdoc salary allowing for comfortable living in the Houston area.
Closing date
Nov 18, 2021
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Position Summary

The Szablowski Lab for Noninvasive Neuroengineering at Rice University is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow in the fields of bioengineering and neuroengineering. We offer multidisciplinary training with a high degree of academic freedom in the choice of high-impact projects. Each project is designed to form the basis of an independent research program. Of particular interest is a project funded by Michael J. Fox Foundation which uses noninvasive brain biopsy for early diagnosis and monitoring of Parkinson’s Disease that is done in collaboration with two faculty at Baylor College of Medicine (Drs. Sameer Sheth and Nora Vanegas Arroyave). We expect to transition to clinical trials within 2 years, providing an opportunity for highly translational research training.

Other projects and positions in noninvasive neuromodulation, in vivo biomarkers, and other topics of molecular engineering are available. Many of our projects will have a clear-cut path to clinical translation, taking advantage of our proximity to the country’s biggest medical center.

About the lab

Rice University’s Department of Bioengineering is ranked top 10 in the nation with resources and recognition aiding the success of our trainees. The department maintains close ties to nearby medical institutions including Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center. The campus is located in Houston – the fourth largest and one of the most diverse cities in the US that provides affordable living with warm weather all year round. Postdoctoral fellowship can go a long way in Houston and allow for comfortable living.

About the PI

Jerzy Szablowski is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and a member of Neuroengineering Initiative at Rice University where he leads the Laboratory for Noninvasive Neuroengineering. During the 2 years since the laboratory was founded Dr. Szablowski has received funding from 7 external research grants from DARPA, Michael J. Fox foundation, Mathers Foundation, Welch Foundation, Packard Foundation, and others.

  • B.Sc. in Biological Engineering at MIT, worked on engineering protein contrast agents for MRI in collaboration with Alan Jasanoff’s, Robert Langer, Frances Arnold’s research groups.
  • Ph.D. Caltech in the Dervan laboratory in cancer therapy
  • Postdoc at Caltech in the Shapiro laboratory in Acoustically Targeted Chemogenetics
  • He is a recipient of several awards, including the Welch Foundation grant, NARSAD Young Investigator award, the Synthetic Standard Prize from the International Genetic Engineering competition, the BE-BMES prize for excellence in biomedical research, and was selected as a 2021 Packard Fellow. 

Required qualifications
PhD in neuroscience, bioengineering, biochemistry, or a related field

Preferred Qualifications

knowledge of Parkinson’s disease and animal work, familiarity working with rodents, knowledge of basic neuroscience and histology methods

Commitment to the trainee success

Competitive named fellowships available for qualified candidates; Ability to work with clinicians from day 1 to enhance involvement in the clinical research; Ability to take the projects to the postdoc's own lab. Choice of projects that establish a new sub-field that will enable a unique niche for a postdoc's own research program. 

For post-bac - help, and mentorship in transition to graduate and medical school. Multiple of our trainees received admission to graduate programs, NSF fellowships, internship, and co-authored papers.

Interested candidates should also contact prof. Szablowski at More information can be found at Full list of positions available

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