San Jose State University Research Foundation
Position: Post Doctoral Research Associate
DEPARTMENT: Biomedical Engineering Department
SUPERVISOR: Project Director
POSTING DATE: July 20, 2020
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
SALARY: Depending on Qualifications/Experience
BENEFITS: Exceptional benefits for employees and eligible dependents:
Company subsidized CalPERS medical selections, 3 PPO's and 7
HMO's; company paid dental and vision insurance for employees and eligible dependents; Life, AD&D, and LTD coverage; paid federal and state holidays; a 403 (b) retirement option with a 7% employer retirement contribution following 1 year of benefited employment, with immediate vesting; vacation accruals and a stand‐alone sick leave hours accumulation; and a subsidized post‐retirement medical insurance plan for eligible employees.
EXEMPT STATUS: Exempt, Full-Time
GENERAL NATURE OF POSITION:
A full-time postdoctoral research position in Biomedical Engineering is available starting Fall 2020 at San
José State University under the guidance of Dr. Alessandro Bellofiore. This is a one-year appointment, renewable based on satisfactory job performance and the continued availability of funds. The starting date is September 2020 or later upon agreement.
Clinical guidelines for aortic valve replacement recommend mechanical heart valves (MHV) for younger patients (≤ 60 years old) and patients who cannot undergo multiple reoperations. To alleviate the need for these patients to take anticoagulants daily for the rest of their life, the design of MHVs must be innovated to improve hemodynamic performance, thus reducing their thrombogenicity. The successful candidate will work with the Project Director to develop a novel experimental platform that will allow for better understanding of MHV flow-induced blood clotting mechanisms and comprehensive testing of new design paradigms to achieve independence from anticoagulants.
Details of Dr. Bellofiore’s research may be found at https://www.sjsu.edu/people/alessandro.bellofiore/
This position is funded under the NIH-SCORE program. Underrepresented minority and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
The successful candidate will apply a wide range of experimental techniques towards the preparation and testing of thrombotic mechanical heart valves (MHV) and perform experiments with our unique MHV thrombogenicity tester. In addition, the candidate will work closely with the Project Director to perform all of the fluid-mechanic experiments with our state-of-the-art particle image velocimetry (PIV) system. The successful candidate will supervise graduate (MS) students working on this project, and train them to run the thrombogenicity tester, perform immunoassays for platelet coagulation, use lab equipment such as a hematology analyzer, organize, analyze and interpret the data collected. They will work with the Project
Director on the preparation and submission of manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals, present their findings at scientific conferences, and contribute to the writing of internal and extramural grant proposals.
1. Reports to the Project Director.
- No direct reports. However, the Post Doctoral Research Associate will supervise a number of graduate (MS) students working on several aspects of the project. They will provide training for the various experimental techniques involved, and mentoring to facilitate the successful completion of the students’ graduate projects.
1) Education and Experience
- Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering or a closely related field.
2) Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
- Demonstrated experience in hematology and/or immunology.
- Ideally, the applicant will have experience with experimental fluid mechanics, namely particle image velocimetry (PIV).
- Ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer- reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Ability to instruct and mentor graduate (MS) students.
NOTE: This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant.
The comprehensive benefit package includes: a) Ten Health Insurance Plans to choose from, under the umbrella of CalPERS b) Dental and vision coverages for employee and their eligible dependents at no cost to monthly cost to employee c) Paid Federal & State Holidays (13) d) Retirement Plan: features both a 403(b) Employee Deferred plan and a 403(b) employer-only contribution plan. e) Separate vacation accruals and sick leave hours accumulations. f) Paid Training and Conferences g) Pay for Performance annual process featuring increases, as appropriate
To apply for this position, an applicant must submit a formal application for employment, as well as a resume and a cover letter. The applicant may do this via e-mail or by regular mail. The formal employment application is located athttps://www.sjsu.edu/researchfoundation/docs/Employment-Application.pdf
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, all candidates must submit their application materials via E- mail. Please use job code PostDoc RA Eng in the subject line.
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The San Jose State University Research Foundation (SJSURF) is a non-profit auxiliary of San Jose State University. SJSURF is totally self-supported. The majority of the organization’s funding comes from the federal government, and other public and private entities. With annual revenues totaling over $65 million, programs managed through SJSURF cover a rich diversity of applied research, public services, and educational related activities.
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Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $35.00 - $43.00 per hour
- 401(k) matching
- Dental insurance
- Disability insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Employee discount
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Retirement plan
- Vision insurance
This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:
- Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous
- People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
- Detail-oriented -- would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture
- Autonomous/Independent -- enjoys working with little direction
- Only full-time employees eligible
- Temporarily due to COVID-19