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Research Assistant Professor

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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Research Assistant Professor
Faculty Rank: Research Assistant Professor
Posting Number: SR0160092
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.

Position Summary:

The Research Assistant Professor will be expected to carry out full time research in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Gourdie, under his supervision. The research will involve studies of cardiac electrical conduction, in particular the role of ephaptic coupling, utilizing whole heart optical mapping, confocal microscopy and super-resolution microscopy aimed at elucidating the molecular structures responsible for cell-to-cell electrical communication. The candidate will also be expected to develop and implement novel methods to analyze image data as well as single molecule positional data generated via super-resolution microscopy, construct final publication quality figures and prepare manuscripts suitable for submission to appropriate journals during this period as well as to work with Dr. Gourdie to develop preliminary data for submission of grants on the roles of ephaptic coupling in the heart during normal and pathophysiological states. Additional studies that address areas of cardiac connexin biology may also be performed during this period.

Required Qualifications:

-Ph.D. in bioengineering, cardiac electrophysiology, biophysics or related field.
-The candidate should be proficient at whole heart optical mapping, confocal microscopy, super-resolution microscopy, electron microscopy, image analysis and Matlab programming with significant experience in these areas.
-The candidate should also have a successful research record as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and invited lectures.

Preferred Qualifications:

-The candidate should also have skills in stem cell genomics, particularly as it relates to cardiac tissues, as well as a sound understanding of the process of cell death and the related process of anoikis.
-The candidate needs to show proficiency in oral and written presentation, including publication of original first author papers in the peer reviewed literature.

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How to Apply for this Job:

For a complete listing of position qualifications, and to apply, please visit and search for posting #SR0160092. Review of applications will begin on June 24, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates will need to submit the following:
1. CV
2. A research statement
3. References from at least 3 senior PIs at U.S. institutions.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: VT Carilion Research Institute
Location: Other - Virginia
Location, if not Blacksburg: Roanoke, VA
Location Zip Code: 24016
Work Schedule: M-F, 8:00-5:00 and as needed
Job Posting Date: 06/10/2016
Review Begin Date: 06/24/2016
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Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. List of References
  3. Candidate Statement
  4. Research Statement
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