The Sensory Optimization and Neural Implant Coding (SONIC) Lab offers the following position:
Research Position: Development and Translation of New Wearable Technologies to Monitor and Treat Health
The work involves overseeing complex and large scale research projects involving multiple collaborators and institutions to develop new wearable technologies and translating them towards clinical trials together with clinicians and companies. This person will also need to manage, mentor and train students and researchers in the SONIC Lab. We are seeking someone to work in the researcher/manager role for at least 2 years with the possibility to extend the position up to 4 years depending on the availability of funding. The researcher, along with other researchers in the lab, will also handle various lab duties to maintain the lab and ensure it is in compliance with regulatory guidelines at the University of Minnesota.
The position can start as early as May 1, 2019, and can continue for 2 years contingent on a positive yearly evaluation. There is the potential to continue this position afterwards if further funding or employment opportunities become available.
The applicant will be asked to perform various possible tasks. Several examples include:
-Managing projects involving animal and human studies and across multiple institutions and collaborators.
-Ensuring all reporting needs are met for NIH and/or DARPA grants including performing data analyses, preparing slides/schematics and writing scientific/technical documents.
-Oversight of clinical trials/human subjects.
-Perform literature search on research and papers related to the research topic.
-Perform neurophysiology experiments in guinea pigs and mice in which ultrasound, electrical or optogenetic stimulation will be presented to different end-organs, nerves or brain tissue and the neural responses will be characterized and analyzed.
-Program different algorithms and protocols to run the experiments and analyses.
-Take blood samples and assess biochemical changes related to the stimulation activation effects.
-Perform perfusion and histology of the different nerve, muscle, and other body tissues.
-Image tissue samples and create three-dimensional reconstructions of the tissues.
-Maintain reports/publications, SOPs, supplies, equipment, and other duties to sustain the function of the lab as well as train new students and researchers on related research.
-Design and perform experiments based on discussions with the principal investigator.
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
The SONIC Lab is seeking a researcher with past experience with animal electrophysiology, tissue processing, neural analysis, multi-tetrode drive fabrication, optogenetic manipulation, fluorescence/electron microscopy, neurostimulation and neural sensing techniques, ultrasound technologies, clinical trials, collaborative research project management, and lab management.
The applicant must have an academic university degree (Master’s degree or higher) in Biomedical Engineering with at least 4 years of research experience relating to the skills listed above.
Internal Number: 330386
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