opportunities & job postings
Post-doctoral fellowship positions: Multiple post-doctoral fellowship positions to open in Fall 2017. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Padala with their CV, 1-page summary of their research to-date and publications, and three references. Salaries are determined at the NIH recommended levels for years of experience, and benefits are provided per the Emory University rules. All the positions are open for US citizens, permanent residents, and non-permanent aliens.
Clinical Application of Cardiovascular Biomechanics [ posted 5/10/2017] : An NIH funded post-doctoral fellowship position is expected to open in August 2017, to apply engineering techniques to investigate the biomechanics of two mitral valve repair techniques in humans undergoing surgery. Our laboratory has recently developed a new technique for mitral valve repair in patients with functional mitral regurgitation, and demonstrated its efficacy in animals. In this NIH grant period, the emphasis is on translating this surgical technique to human use, and investigate the valve biomechanics with the new repair vs. gold standard surgical repair. The ideal candidate for this position would be someone with interest in taking biomechanics to clinical cardiac surgery, and work at the interface of a biomedical engineering laboratory and cardiac surgeons on the clinical side at Emory. The ideal candidate would hold a PhD in Engineering (Biomedical, Mechanical or Aerospace) with an interest in applying non-invasive techniques and imaging derived modeling methods to investigate fluid and tissue mechanics. In the course of this fellowship, the accepted candidate will be trained in conducting clinical research in humans, and taking laboratory techniques and technologies to conduct research in the patient.
Cardiovascular device development [posted 5/10/2017]: An NIH funded post-doctoral fellowship position is expected to open in October 2017, to translate a mitral valve repair device developed in our laboratory to clinical trials. Our laboratory has designed this new technology, and conducted preliminary safety and efficacy studies to demonstrate its feasibility. In this fellowship period, we are interested in conducting a thorough engineering analysis and validation of the device in bench-top and in-vivo animal models, such that the device can be advanced to early human feasibility trials. The idea candidate for this position would have a PhD in Engineering (Biomedical, Mechanical or Aerospace) with a track record of publications in either cardiovascular tissue mechanics or fluid mechanics. Animal experience is a plus but is not necessary. In the course of this fellowship, the accepted candidate will be trained in taking a concept from idea through its translation to human trials, with mentoring in writing patents, developing prototypes and designing experiments to test the device, and ultimately use the data from these studies to determine the best approach for clinical trials.
Cardiovascular biomaterials [recruitment completed - position closed]: We are seeking to add a research member at the post-doctoral level to our team, with expertise and interests in developing cardiovascular biomaterials. The emphasis is on advancing tangible material concepts that can reach clinical use within a short period of time. Our first objective is to develop and advance anti-calcific, anti-thrombotic, mechanically viable and regenerative scaffolds for use in pediatric cardiac surgical applications. The ideal candidate would have a PhD in an engineering fields, with experience in fabricating new materials for use in the body. Experience in techniques such as electrospinning, ultrasound spraying, protein patterning on nanofibers, and supramolecular chemistry is highly desired. We are seeking motivated candidates with ability to conduct independent research are encouraged to apply.
GT BME Graduate Students: If you are a graduate student admitted to the Bio engineering or BME programs at Georgia Tech and interested in joining our laboratory, please email Dr. Padala with your CV. He will setup a time to talk with you during your admission visit or other times. You are encouraged to contact current graduate students in our laboratory prior to meeting Dr.Padala, to know about the laboratory. Graduate students are accepted on a rolling basis, and are encouraged to contact the PI as soon as their admission to the program.
General surgery/ CT surgery/ Cardiology residents: If you are a medical resident enrolled in general surgery, CT surgery or cardiology programs in the United States, and you are interested in a research sabbatical in our laboratory, you are welcome to contact Dr. Padala vial email, with your CV and three letters. He will setup a phone call and then an in-person visit to our institution to meet with the entire laboratory team, prior to making an offer. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis, and are encouraged to contact the PI at least 3 months prior to their intended beginning date.
Undergraduate research: Emory and Georgia Tech undergraduates interested in joining our laboratory to conduct research for credits are encouraged to contact Dr.Padala. Both Emory and Georgia Tech also provide multiple undergraduate research scholarship that provide a stipend for the duration of your research.