Postdoctoral Scholar Research - Vascular Biology

University of South Florida - Tampa, FL (30+ days ago)4.2

Posting Details

Department Number/Name: 0-6131-037 / Cardiology - Heart Institute

College/Division: USF Health - Morsani College of Medicine

Salary Plan: Temporary

Hiring Salary/Salary Range: $47,659

Immediate opening for one Ph.D. postdoctoral candidate to join a highly translational molecular imaging and nanotherapy group. The position is open to both US graduates and international candidates with appropriate visa status. The appointee will have earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, or other related basic science disciplines with a specific background in vascular biology and the pathophysiology and mechanisms of atherothrombosis. Experience with in vivo experimental preparations of standard models of atherosclerosis (e.g. ApoE null, LDLR null, etc.) and thrombosis (dye-laser injury, ferric chloride, etc.), and surgical preparations in rodents (wire injury, cuff stenosis, etc.) is required. Experience with in vitro preparations of vascular cell types, especially endothelium, for elucidation of inflammatory molecular signaling events and response to pharmacological interventions is critical for evaluation of novel nanotherapeutics. Experience with production and testing of genetically engineered mice for evaluation of critical signaling pathways will be useful as well. Opportunities exist for participation in multiple ongoing NIH-sponsored projects including but not limited to:

The development and testing of nanoparticle-based approaches for prevention of plaque destabilization, atherothrombosis, and plaque development, including delivery of siRNA, miRNA, mRNA, and DNA with novel peptide-based oligonucleotide nanostructures
The role of inflammation and macrophages-endothelial cross talk in production of vulnerable and disrupted plaque, endothelial barrier disruption, and plaque healing
Detection of disrupted and procoagulant plaques with image-based biomarkers for MRI, ultrasound, and nuclear imaging using conventional and novel targeted contrast agents
The selected candidate is expected to work independently, with other lab members, and under general supervision of collaborating PI(s), in concert with the Principal Investigator (PI) to move the project(s) forward effectively. The selected candidate may be responsible for the following activities: develop and implement research strategies based on thorough and rigorous literature reviews; develop and modify research protocols; manage data entry and storage; prepare research protocols, reports, abstracts, and manuscripts; attend international meetings; mentor junior members of the lab and students in vascular biology methodologies.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Samuel Wickline ( and/or Dr. Hua Pan (

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QUALIFICATIONS (Education & Experience):
Minimum Qualifications:
Doctoral degree from an accredited institution and appropriate experience and training within a selected area of specialization. Must meet university criteria for appointment to the rank of Postdoctoral Fellow.

Preferred Qualifications:
It is preferred that the candidate possess the following qualifications:

Strong organization skills and significant attention to detail
Outstanding strategic thinking, planning, and communication skills
Self-motivated and able to initiate necessary actions without instruction
Ability to remain on-task and simultaneously manage multiple aspects of the daily workload
Ability to work both independently and with a team, resolving issues promptly and with a positive outcome
Very high level of integrity, ethics, and professionalism
Very strong verbal and written communication skills and computer skills
Respect for peers and team members

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Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.

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