Job Openings-BME

The Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering and the College of Engineering at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who can foster a welcoming climate for all students. The University also seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Current openings:

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. The main campus in Ithaca sits at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The Ithaca area offers a small-town lifestyle with the cultural and culinary qualities of larger cities, including the Moosewood Restaurant known for the first vegetarian cookbook. The climate of the region provides for a range of outdoor activities including boating/sailing, swimming, mountain biking and hiking in summer, to skiing and ice-skating in winter. 

The Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering is located in the College of Engineering on Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca, New York, with strong collaborative ties to the College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. Our global presence includes College of Medicine campuses in Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, and the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. 

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Current Job Openings

  • Liquid Biopsy Technologies Technician (De Vlaminck Lab)

    Ithaca, NY
    Posted:

    Who We Are

    The De Vlaminck Lab at Cornell University has an open Technician III position to support our research into precision and genomic medicine. Our goal is to develop genomics-based medicine approaches to study and diagnose infectious and immune related diseases.

    What You Will Do

    Important: This is a one-year term position; possibility of renewal based on available funding & performance.

    The Technician will specifically support our research into liquid biopsy technologies: short fragments of cell-free DNA and RNA circulate in blood, urine and other biofluids and offer an information-rich window into human physiology. Together with collaborators at Weill Cornell Medicine, UCSF, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the Global Health Labs, we are pursuing technologies and applications of cell-free nucleic acids as liquid biopsies for infectious and immune-mediated disease. Example application areas include, tuberculosis, stem cell transplantation, kidney transplantation, COVID-19, and MISC. 

    If you are interested in learning about translational technologies and working in and with large teams of scientists and clinicians, this may be the position for you!

    Highlights:

    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) are at the core of our research laboratory
    • Great opportunity to be part of high-profile publications in the biotech industry
    • Working with an enthusiastic and diverse team
    • Competitive research associate salary
    • Excellent working conditions in state-of-the-art facilities

    Duties include:

    • Working with an interdisciplinary team of researchers to perform next generation sequencing based analyses of the molecular heterogeneity of cell-free RNA and DNA in blood plasma and urine
    • Performing and overseeing sample preparations, while conducting, designing, and maintaining process quality control
    • Assisting in new technology development
    • Managing sample banking and tracking
    • Communicating with collaborators in different continents, aiding in the logistics of this multi-team collaborative project
    • Assisting with data analyses and reporting to the funding organization
    • Assisting with additional laboratory projects that use related technologies, including technologies for single-cell RNA-sequencing and spatial RNA-sequencing

    What We Need

    • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field
    • Good communication and organization skills, manual dexterity, timely data generation, and ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects
    • Ability and desire to acquire new technical skills
    • Basic skills in molecular biology sample preparation for next generation sequencing analyses
    • Ability to develop positive working relationships with colleagues and collaborators
    • Ability and willingness to work in a team atmosphere
    • General computer skills, including use of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

    What We Prefer

    • Multiple years of experience working in biological research laboratories.

    Application materials should be submitted electronically at: Liquid Biopsy Technologies Technician – Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering (myworkdayjobs.com)

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  • Research Associate – genomics-based medicine, host-microbiome interaction

    Ithaca, NY
    Posted:

    Opportunity:

    A position for a research associate is available in the group of Iwijn De Vlaminck at Cornell University. This will be a two-year appointment, with possible extension based on performance.

    Position description:

    Our lab’s mission is to improve human health through the development of precision medicine technologies to study and diagnose infectious, immune and microbiome-associated disease. To achieve this goal, our lab pursues research in two areas: i) We investigate technologies and applications of circulating cell-free DNA in diagnostic medicine, and ii) We investigate single-cell and spatial sequencing technologies, including technologies developed in-house, to study infection in native, complex tissues and to spatially profile bacterial microbiomes and host-microbiome interactions. 

    The candidate for the open research associate in our lab will investigate host-microbiome interactions. The efforts of the candidate will be split between the development of new technologies to spatially map host-microbiome interactions in-situ, and the application of these technologies to study host-microbiome interactions in health and disease. The candidate will have considerable freedom to pursue new directions. The candidate will furthermore have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. 

    Representative research articles:

    1. David W. McKellar, Madhav Mantri, Meleana Hinchman, John S.L. Parker, Praveen Sethupathy, Benjamin D. Cosgrove, Iwijn De Vlaminck, Spatial mapping of the total transcriptome by in situ polyadenylation, Nature Biotechnology (2022).
    2. Madhav Mantri, Meleana M. Hinchman, David W. McKellar, Michael F. Z. Wang, Shaun T. Cross, John S. L. Parker, Iwijn De Vlaminck, Spatiotemporal transcriptomics reveals pathogenesis of viral myocarditis, Nature Cardiovascular Research (2022).
    3. Hao Shi, Qiaojuan Shi, Benjamin Grodner, Warren Zipfel, Ilana Brito, Iwijn De Vlaminck, Highly Multiplexed Spatial Mapping of Microbial Communities, Nature (2020).

    Responsibilities:

    The candidate will conduct innovative research with both a strong wetlab (molecular biology) and dry lab (computational biology) component. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out impactful research, and to disseminate this research to the research community via conference contributions and journal presentations. The candidate will take on project management duties, including dissemination of results via grant progress reports and publications. The candidate will carry out research with at the highest technical and ethical standards and candidate will be responsible for communicating key results to collaborators. The candidate will maintain excellent working relations with the graduate students and postdoctoral associates in the lab. 

    What we offer:

    The candidate will be supported with a competitive research associate salary. We offer excellent working conditions in state-of-the art facilities and an inclusive and supportive research environment. Cornell University is a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

    Required Qualifications:

    Candidates are required to hold Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. degrees (or expected to soon obtain Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. degrees) and to have at least two years of equivalent postdoc associate experience. The candidate will have a track record of publications in leading journals. The candidate will have excellent writing and communication skills. The ability and desire to acquire new technical skills in the wet lab and computational space is required. The ability to develop positive working relationships with colleagues is critical.  Experience with, or an interest in learning wetlab experimentation skills. Experience with, or an interest in learning advanced computer and analytical skills.  Must be willing to work in a team atmosphere.  Ability to set goals and achieve them in a timely fashion, and a commitment to excellence are required. A strong desire to contribute to a project with direct application for human health is a must.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    We are looking for technically skilled and creative researchers that can effectively communicate with our clinical collaborators. The ideal candidate will have exceptional communication and organizational skills, timely data generation, and excellent multitasking abilities are required. Prior experience with bioinformatics and/or molecular biology is desirable but not required. Candidates with a research background in unrelated fields (e.g. biophysics, physics, chemistry), but who possess exceptionally strong quantitative skills are encouraged to apply.

    Application Materials Required: 

    • Full CV 
    • Cover letter stating your particular interests in the position, your qualifications with respect to the position requirements, and a short statement of your research experiences to date
    • Contact information for academic references (2-3).

    Logistics: 

    • Employer: Cornell University 
    • Location: Ithaca, NY 
    • Start Date: Immediately 
    • Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 
    • Length of Appointment: 1 year with potential for annual renewal with satisfactory performance
    • Time commitment: Full Time

    Institution Climate:

    Diversity and Inclusion are a part of our heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

    Ithaca is located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, known for its wines, waterfalls, craft beers, and unique blend of outdoors and cosmopolitan lifestyle. It has a high walkability index, strong public transit system, and low cost of living. Ithaca is regularly listed among the Top 100 Best Places to Live and Best Places for Entrepreneurs. The region is further home to multiple nationally-ranked State Parks.

    Other Requirements:

    As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location. New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn. 

    Contact Information:

    Prof. Iwijn De Vlaminck (id93@cornell.edu)
    Cornell University
    Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
    301 Weill Hall
    Ithaca, NY 14853-7207

    Application materials should be submitted electronically at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/23703

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  • Postdoctoral position in skeletal muscle spatial transcriptomics

    Ithaca, NY
    Posted:

    Applications are sought for a postdoctoral fellow position in research groups of Ben Cosgrove and Iwijn De Vlaminck at Cornell University. This position will develop and apply novel spatial total RNA-sequencing technologies to study skeletal muscle regeneration and disease. Recent collaborative advances by the De Vlaminck and Cosgrove laboratories have developed new approaches for studying muscle regeneration (De Micheli et al, Cell Reports, 2020) and cardiac infection biology (Mantri et al, Nature Cardiovascular Research, 2022) at the single-cell level. Our labs have built novel technologies for spatial profiling of the total transcriptome through in situ polyadenylation to achieve unprecedented complexity and resolution of non-coding and viral RNA species (McKellar et al, Nature Biotechnology, 2022). Further, we have exploited single-cell and spatial transcriptomics analyses to generate large-scale data atlases of skeletal muscle regeneration to explore the spatial context of cell-cell communication (McKellar et al, Communications Biology, 2021).

    This position will play a central role in several multi-PI collaborative projects with the goal of applying total transcriptomic profiling in single-cell and spatial workflows to study human and skeletal muscle development and disease pathogenesis. This work will entail genomic and transcriptomic technology development and application and a suite of bioinformatic data analyses. Applicants are not required to have expertise in all of these specific skills, but do need a familiarity with quantitative and/or computational aspects of biology. These research projects are supported by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Supervisors will actively support the candidate’s applications for postdoctoral training fellowship, including internal training grant opportunities. This will be a one-year appointment, with annual extension possible based on satisfactory performance.

    Required Qualifications:

    • PhD or equivalent degree completed by the start of the position
    • Training in biomedical science, molecular/cellular biology, biomedical engineering, computational biology, biophysics, or related disciplines
    • Experience in quantitative or computational biology

    Application Materials Required: 

    • Curriculum vitae 
    • A short statement describing (i) your research experiences to date and (ii) your particular interests in and (iii) your qualifications related to this position (no more than 1 page in length)
    • Examples of your research publications as attachments (up to 3)
    • Contact information for academic references (up to 3)

    Logistics

    • Employer: Cornell University 
    • Location: Ithaca, NY 
    • Start Date: Immediately 
    • Application Deadline: None, though applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 
    • Length of Appointment: 1 year with potential for annual renewal with satisfactory performance
    • Time commitment: Full Time

    Institution Climate:

    Diversity and Inclusion are a part of our heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
    Ithaca is located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, known for its wines, waterfalls, craft beers, and unique blend of outdoors and cosmopolitan lifestyle. It has a high walkability index, strong public transit system, and low cost of living. Ithaca is regularly listed among the Top 100 Best Places to Live and Best Places for Entrepreneurs. The region is further home to multiple nationally-ranked State Parks.

    Other Requirements:

    As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location. New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn. 

    Contact Information:

    Prof. Benjamin Cosgrove (bdc68@cornell.edu) & Prof. Iwijn De Vlaminck (id93@cornell.edu)
    Cornell University
    Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
    115 Weill Hall
    Ithaca, NY 14853-7207
     

    Application materials should be submitted electronically at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/23702

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  • Tenure Track Faculty Position in Computational Biomedicine, Biomedical Engineering

    Ithaca, NY
    Posted:

    The Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University invites applications to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. Exceptional candidates at all ranks will be considered. We are seeking candidates with expertise in the broad area of computational systems biology with a focus on applications to human health. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in any of the following areas: machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer modeling for drug discovery, biomedical image analysis, computational genomics, protein structure prediction, computational approaches to the microbiome, and computational approaches to diagnostics. 

    Candidates must have an earned doctorate in engineering or a closely related field, with a demonstrated potential for success as an independent investigator and educator. We especially encourage applications by members of groups that are underrepresented in BME and STEM. This position will be supported in part by Cornell University’s FIRST program (Cornell FIRST), a grant from the NIH’s Common Fund’s Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program, to recruit early-career faculty who have a demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence.

    The Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering is in the College of Engineering on Cornell’s campus in Ithaca, New York. The ideal candidate will benefit from strong collaborative ties to the College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, and Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech in New York City. Our global presence includes a College of Medicine campus in Doha, Qatar. Further opportunities for research and development are provided by an extensive network of centers and institutes including the Biological High Performance Computing facility, AI radical collaboration, Englander Institute for Precision Medicine, Center for Vertebrate Genomics, Genomics Innovation Hub, Genome Biology Initiative, Cornell Neurotechnology NeuroNex Hub, Cornell Center for Materials Research, Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility, Cornell Center for Immunology, Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, and Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences. 

    Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. The main campus sits at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The Ithaca area offers a small-town lifestyle with the cultural and culinary offerings of larger cities. The climate of the region provides for a range of outdoor activities including boating/sailing, swimming, mountain biking and hiking in summer, to skiing and ice skating in winter.   

    The Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering and the College of Engineering at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who foster a welcoming climate for all students. Biomedical Engineering at Cornell was the first department recognized with the BMES Diversity Award. The university also seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit http://www.hercjobs.org/ to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area. Cornell and Ithaca are family-friendly communities: Cornell has a comprehensive set of policies, services and benefits to help you, your partner and your children to feel welcomed here, to support your well-being, and to help with child care, elder care, and those with disabilities. For more details, see: https://hr.cornell.edu/benefits-pay/family-life-support.

    All applicants must submit a cover letter of interest, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications and preprints; research and teaching vision statements; a statement addressing your experience and future plans regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching and service; and, contact information for at least three reference letter writers. 

    Applications must be received by November 11, 2022, to receive full consideration. Application materials must be submitted electronically at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22908

    Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

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  • Tenured or Tenure-track Faculty Position in Biomedical Engineering Education Research

    Ithaca, NY
    Posted:

    The Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University invites applications for tenured or tenure‐track faculty position in biomedical engineering, with an emphasis on engineering education research. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in engineering, STEM education, or a closely related field, with a demonstrated potential for success as an independent education research investigator and a classroom educator. Responsibilities include the pursuit of a program of scholarly research in Biomedical Engineering Education; teaching courses in Biomedical Engineering; and advising undergraduate and graduate students. We are especially interested in receiving applications from candidates that embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. Senior candidates with exceptional accomplishments in research, teaching, and graduate student mentorship are encouraged to apply. Junior candidates must show outstanding research and potential for excellence in teaching and graduate student mentorship. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

    The Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering is in the College of Engineering on Cornell’s campus in Ithaca, New York. Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) is an exciting, emerging research field on Cornell’s campus, with discipline-based education researchers across several science and engineering disciplines. The BME department has a decades-long culture of educational innovation and outreach, including the use of experiential learning approaches, the development of major outreach programs to local-area middle- and high-school science teachers, and a current project to add active learning elements to a core sequence of courses to the major. There is also a broad culture of education research and investment throughout the campus, and educational verve is one of President Pollack’s key priorities for the University. Discipline-based education researchers on campus also collaborate with the Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute, the Center for Teaching Innovation, and the Active Learning Initiative. This community is filled with disciplinary experts who are passionate about their teaching, engaging in education research literature, and keen to discuss how to improve teaching and learning for students throughout multiple disciplines. The ideal candidate will benefit from strong collaborative ties to other discipline-based education researchers in the College of Engineering and across campus and to the major teaching/education centers, and will contribute to a culture of excellence in education research and of continual improvement in pedagogical approaches. 

    Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. The main campus sits at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The Ithaca area offers a small-town lifestyle with the cultural and culinary offerings of larger cities. The climate of the region provides for a range of outdoor activities including boating/sailing, swimming, mountain biking and hiking in summer, to skiing and ice skating in winter. 

    The Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering and the College of Engineering at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who foster a welcoming climate for all students. Biomedical Engineering at Cornell was the first department recognized with the BMES Diversity Award. The university also seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit http://www.hercjobs.org/ to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area. Cornell and Ithaca are family-friendly communities: Cornell has a comprehensive set of policies, services and benefits to help you, your partner and your children to feel welcomed here, to support your well-being, and to help with child care, elder care, and those with disabilities. For more details, see: https://hr.cornell.edu/benefits-pay/family-life-support.

    All applicants must submit a cover letter of interest, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications and preprints; research and teaching vision statements; a statement addressing your commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity in research; and contact information for at least three reference letter writers.

    Applications must be received by November 15, 2022, to receive full consideration. 

    Application materials must be submitted electronically at: academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22905 

    Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

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    As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location. 

    New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn. 

    Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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  • Postdoctoral Researchers: In vivo multiphoton microscopy for in rodent models of heart failure

    Ithaca, NY
    Posted:

    The link between microvascular health and cardiac function has long been assumed but has been difficult to study. New intravital imaging tools such as two-photon microscopy have revolutionized physiology studies with the capability to observe the behavior of single cells within an intact, living animal. For example, the capacity to visualize brain microvasculature at the resolution of single capillaries has generated new ideas about the role of blood flow in health and diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Recently, we have extended such imaging capabilities to imaging the beating heart with an anesthetized mouse. This tool could reveal new phenomena in the coupling of vascular function with cardiac health and diseases. 

    The Schaffer-Nishimura Lab is looking for a postdoc interested in applying and further developing in vivo cardiac imaging methods with applications in two disease models. In collaboration with the Chilian Lab (Northeast Ohio Medical University), we will use intravital imaging to study a newly discovered link between Takotsubo syndrome and vasculature. Takotsubo syndrome, also known as Broken Heart Syndrome, is a form of heart failure that can be triggered by severe emotional stress. While the cause is unknown, recent work suggest that constriction of vessels could contribute to the dysfunction of the muscle cells. In a second application, we have recently observed capillary-level dysfunction in mouse models of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Although accounting for about half of heart failure patients, there are few treatments for this type of heart failure. In both disease, in vivo imaging enables us to make unprecedented measurements of blood flow, cardiomyocytes, and inflammatory cell interactions. 

    Both candidates with PhD training in instrumentation or quantitative science with an interest in biological applications as well as PhDs with physiology or biomedical backgrounds with an interest in advanced optical tools could be a good fit. The Schaffer-Nishimura lab is a cross-disciplinary, diverse lab so a willingness to collaborate is considered a strength. 

    Please send a cv to nn62@cornell.edu

    Nozomi Nishimura and Chris Schaffer
    Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY 14853
    https://snlab.bme.cornell.edu

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  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Positions in the Jiang Lab

    Jiang Lab, Ithaca NY
    Posted:

    The Shaoyi Jiang lab at Cornell University's Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering works on both fundamental and translational research problems at the interface of materials and biological sciences, particularly (a) drug and gene delivery and immunotherapies/vaccines and (b) biomaterials and regenerative /precision medicine. His group has close collaborations with researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell Center for Immunology and other academic departments at Cornell.

    The Jiang Lab currently has open positions for research assistants and postdoctoral fellows in the following areas: (a) position 1: cell biology working on controlled differentiation and cultures of iPSCs and organoids; (b) position 2: genetic medicine or immunology working on the delivery and applications of mRNAs and DNAs; (c) position 3: organic chemistry for the design and synthesis of biomaterials.

    Please visit Prof. Jiang’s website. For applications, please send a cover letter and CV to Shaoyi Jiang (email: wa.postdoc@gmail.com).
     

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  • Active Learning Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biomedical Engineering

    Ithaca, NY
    Posted:

    Applications are being sought for Postdoctoral Fellows in Engineering Education in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. These Fellows will take a leading role in the design, implementation, and assessment of a transformational pedagogical strategy for Biomedical Engineering curriculum to be tested through remodeling of a 5-course core sequence. The Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering graduated its first undergraduate class in 2018 and is currently ranked #12 in USNWR. We have a tradition of educational innovation and teaching excellence by our faculty. Our school has also been nationally recognized for its diversity and inclusive excellence. Our trans-curricular, project-based vision redefines the training of undergraduate biomedical engineers to produce graduates with the professional attributes essential for the future science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce.

    Job Description: 
    Successful candidates will co-design, implement and evaluate a unique Studio Pedagogy in collaboration with instructional faculty and teaching assistants in partnership with faculty in the Department of Architecture. They will create and implement new integrated classroom training activities, lecture materials, and assessments that will be tested and improved between courses and over semesters. Further, Fellows will design innovative individualized training resources to complement classroom learning and preparation. They will co-lead educational activities with faculty, teaching assistants and support staff. This rich educational environment will support rigorous engineering education research evaluating student and faculty shifts in learning and teaching. They further will engage with departmental faculty who have established engineering education expertise. Finally, Fellows will participate in Cornell’s nationally-recognized community engagement and educational outreach programs. 

    Training Opportunities:
    Scaffolding this Fellowship is a rich and vibrant academic, educational, and community-engaged network cultivated by world class education and training institutes, including the Active Learning Initiative, Cornell Center for Teaching Innovation, Engaged Cornell, and the Data and Science Institute. Further, these fellowships are supported with travel to Engineering Education conferences for training, presenting of research, and professional development. 

    Position Requirements: 

    • PhD in an engineering or design-related degree earned no earlier than January 1, 2018
    • Training in biomedical science, molecular/cellular biology, or related disciplines
    • Prior experience in modeling, simulation, and/or coding
    • Prior experience assisting in teaching of engineering courses

    Application Process:

    • Full CV
    • Cover letter stating your particular interests in the position, your qualifications with respect to the position requirements, and why you would be the ideal candidate
    • 3-5 attachments representing work from your portfolio to support your abilities relative to the position. Examples include published papers, designed products, course projects, etc. For each, a short paragraph should provide context including the motivation for the work, your specific contributions, and particular impact your work had in the community. 

    Logistics:

    • Employer: Cornell University
    • Location: Ithaca, NY
    • Start Date: August 15, 2022
    • Length of Appointment: 2 years with potential for renewal an additional year. 
    • Time commitment: Full Time

    Diversity and Inclusion are a part of our heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

    Ithaca is located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, known for its wines, waterfalls, craft beers, and unique blend of outdoors and cosmopolitan lifestyle. It has a high walkability index, strong public transit system, and low cost of living. Ithaca is regularly listed among the Top 100 Best Places to Live and Best Places for Entrepreneurs. The region is further home to multiple nationally-ranked State Parks.

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  • Postdoctoral position in cardiac developmental mechanobiology and regenerative medicine

    Butcher Lab
    Posted:

    Applications are now being sought for a postdoctoral research fellow to study mechanisms by which mechanical forces induce and regulate fetal cardiac morphogenesis, growth and remodeling. The Cardiovascular Developmental Bioengineering Laboratory at Cornell University, led by Prof. Jonathan Butcher, has pioneered the engineering of quantitative live imaging, biomechanical measurement, and mechanobiological stimulation systems to uniquely test rigorous hypotheses of how mechanosensitive switches operate to control morphogenetic decisions locally within the heart and its valves. His group has further developed multi-scale, multi-valent bioinformatics/computational strategies to model and predict mechanisms of morphogenesis that can be directly verified in vitro and in vivo. We incorporate both chick experimental and mouse genetic model systems, as well as utilize engineered emergent in vitro test platforms using primary cells. His lab has been continuously funded by the NIH and AHA for over 15 years, and publishes regularly in high impact journals. Further, his group collaborates with multiple complementary experts both at Cornell and around the world. Fellows will train with and help lead a dynamic transdisciplinary team while preparing themselves for their independent career. 

    This NIH funded position will pursue one or more of the following broad research goals: 1) Elucidate the in vivo mechanobiological regulatory network governing embryonic heart morphogenesis via localized hemodynamic perturbation in vivo, 2) Determine the interrelationships between growth factor signaling and mechanical stimulation in the normal and abnormal development of cardiac tissues.  3) Integrate the global and local biomechanical and molecular datasets in developing embryonic hearts towards a multi-scale computational model of ventricular and/or outflow tract morphogenesis.

    Ideal candidates should have a PhD or equivalent degree with experience in live animal imaging, computational modeling, and/or 3D culture mechanobiology.  Experience with cardiovascular and/or developmental biology is a plus.  Interested candidates should forward a cover letter with a statement of their professional interests, a full CV, and a list of three references with complete contact information to: 

    Jonathan Butcher, PhD (jtb47@cornell.edu, www.butcherlab.com)
    Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY

    Cornell University is located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, known for its wines, craft beers, and unique blend of outdoors and cosmopolitan lifestyle.  Cornell cherishes its inclusive diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

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  • Postdoctoral position in heart valve mechanobiology and tissue engineering

    Butcher Lab
    Posted:

    Applications are now being sought for a postdoctoral research fellow to study mechanisms by which mechanical forces coordinate heart valve homeostasis and disease pathogenesis. Our team has developed novel 3D in vitro engineered tissue models of heart valve tissues enabling mechanistic investigation of emergent multi-cellular phenomena. These include novel test beds for applying mechanical forces to complex 3D tissues as well as the ability to measure local anisotropic biomechanical changes during tissue remodeling. We also test these mechanisms in vivo with unique animal model systems and in human tissues. Our goal is to discover and validate novel pharmacological solutions for heart valve diseases. We have developed a rich collaborative network of molecular geneticists, computational biologists, and clinicians from all over the world. 

    This is an NIH funded position that is further scaffolded by a variety of training grants in the space, as well as access to a unique blend of advanced engineering and life science technologies, intellectual expertise, and professional development resources. The lab is supported by grants from the NIH, NSF, and NY State. Our lab has trained and mentored over a half-dozen tenured and tenure track faculty in the United States and overseas. 

    Ideal candidates should have a PhD or equivalent degree with experience in molecular biology, computational modeling, and/or 3D culture mechanobiology.  Interested candidates should forward a cover letter with a statement of their professional interests, a full CV and a list of three references with complete contact information to: 

    Jonathan Butcher, PhD (jtb47@cornell.edu, www.butcherlab.com)
    Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY

    Cornell University is located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, known for its wines, craft beers, and unique blend of outdoors and cosmopolitan city lifestyle.  Cornell cherishes its diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

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  • Ph.D. and Post-doctoral Fellow Positions in diffusion MRI of cancer

    Weill Cornell Medicine, New York City
    Posted:

    Ph.D. and postdoctoral positions in diffusion MRI of cancer are available at the MRI Research Institute (MRIRI), Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Research will primarily focus on developing advanced diffusion MRI methods to quantitatively image cancer microstructural and functional properties, particularly in head and neck cancer and breast cancer. The overarching goal of this work is to develop novel diffusion prognostic parameters that can help tailor cancer treatment for individual patients. Specifically, this study may include the development of diffusion models to extract microstructural parameters, numerical simulation framework to investigate the association of cellular properties with diffusion MRI, advanced acquisition methods, and AI-based analysis methods for translational applications. 

    The ideal candidate should have experience in MR physics, reconstruction algorithms and/or pulse sequence programming. Prior experience in diffusion experiments and microstructure modeling would be a plus. Experience with Matlab, Python, and Siemens IDEA environments are also desirable. The candidate will be expected to participate in both independent and collaborative projects. Salary is commensurate with experience.

    The recently formed MRIRI at the Department of Radiology of the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University aims to be a leading center in the development of innovative MRI methodologies and their applications in biomedicine. Research interests at MRIRI in terms of clinical applications cover a wide range of diseases, including, but not limited to, oncologic, neurological, and cardiovascular diseases. Weill Cornell Medical College, located in the upper east side of New York City, has a vibrant biomedical research community and strong ties to the main Cornell campus in Ithaca and the Tech campus in New York City. 

    The successful candidates will work closely with Drs. Eddy Solomon and Sungheon Gene Kim. Interested candidates should e-mail a brief statement of research interests, CV, and contact information of three references to Dr. Eddy Solomon (eds4001@med.cornell.edu). The position is available to start as soon as possible.

    Diversity is one of Weill Cornell Medicine’s core values and is essential to achieving excellence in patient care, research, and education. We welcome applications from candidates who share our commitment to fostering a culture of fairness, equity, and belonging. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

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  • Postdoctoral Researchers

    Schaffer-Nishimura Lab
    Posted:

    Multiple positions for postdoctoral researchers in the Schaffer-Nishimura Lab.

    In the Schaffer-Nishimura Lab, we take a multidisciplinary approach to studying the in vivo cellular behaviors that underlie health and disease. We develop optics-based tools and techniques to enable detailed studies of cellular motion, interactions, and function, all in living animals. These approaches enable us to study the cellular behaviors that drive normal and disease physiology in ways not previously possible, with major research projects in neuroscience and the neurobiology of disease, cardiovascular disease, and stem cell biology.

    We have openings for talented post-doctoral researchers in several projects:

    • Advancing the use of three-photon microscopy for imaging neural activity in the brain and spinal cord of mice and using this approach to elucidate the neural activity patterns that encode limb motion while walking over simple and complex terrain.
    • Developing optical methods to record activity from large ensembles of individual neurons using spectral information from multiple variants of genetically encoded voltage and calcium indicators, with applications in both neuroscience research and neuroprosthetics.
    • Understanding age-related deficits in how the stem cell niche recovers from damage using time-lapse, in vivo, multiphoton microscopy of intestinal crypts through abdominal windows in mice.
    • Using in vivo imaging to study the causes and consequences of microvascular blood flow disruptions in animal models of neurodegenerative disease, with the goal of identifying novel therapeutic approaches.

    The SN Lab fosters a highly interdisciplinary and diverse research environment, with current lab members coming from six continents and having research backgrounds that include physics, engineering, computer science, neuroscience, physiology, and medicine. We encourage applications from researchers with physics, engineering, or other quantitative backgrounds who are interested in learning to apply their skills to biological problems, as well as from researchers with a life science or biomedical research background who are interested in learning to use state-of-the-art optical approaches to elucidate cellular behaviors. Candidates must have completed a PhD in a relevant field by the start date. Positions are available now, but we will have some flexibility for start dates. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to Nozomi Nishimura (nn62@cornell.edu) and Chris Schaffer (cs385@cornell.edu). The most promising candidates will be invited for an on-site interview. 

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  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Engineering the Microbiome

    Brito Lab
    Posted:

    Seeking experimental or computational postdocs interested in engineering the microbiome (Brito Lab)

    The Brito lab at Cornell University's Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering works in the area of systems biology of the human microbiome. The lab is developing new technological methods to capture additional genomic information than what is currently available using metagenomic shotgun approaches. It is also engaged in engineering the human microbiome to achieve specific therapeutic outcomes. The lab focuses on a range of questions from basic science to those more translational in nature, and works with clinical collaborators at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Cornell Veterinary School, as well as collaborations across campus.

    The Brito Lab is looking for talented postdocs to fill two open positions for postdoctoral researchers interested in investigating mechanistic linkages between microbes and human health outcomes. Postdoctoral candidates can have an experimental or computational background, or both. One of the positions will be focused on engineering—any experience with synthetic biology or biomaterials is a plus. There are a range of projects in the lab relating to: clinically relevant populations (i.e. inflammatory bowel and neutropenic patients); environmental transmission of organisms and antibiotic resistance; genetic engineering of bacteria; and international research related to the microbiome. The lab strives on the diverse backgrounds of students and postdocs (e.g. microbiology, biomedical engineering, computational biology and genetics). Start dates are flexible, but could be as early as this Fall or Spring. Interested late-stage graduate students or recently-obtained PhDs, should send Ilana Brito (ibrito@cornell.edu) a cover letter and CV. Promising candidates will be invited for an interview.

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