Duke University, Biomedical Engineering

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Position ID:Duke-BME-PDAGRILL [#16546]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Engineering / Bioengineering
Appl Deadline:2021/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/07/15, listed until 2021/12/31)
Position Description:    

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Autonomic Neural Engineering

The Grill Lab at Duke University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, seeks a highly-motivated individual who enjoys the freedom to pursue their own ideas in a supportive environment to join our team. Our goal is to advance electrical stimulation, block, and recording of peripheral autonomic nerve for disease treatment and restoration of function (bioelectronic medicines). We have a NIH-funded SPARC project to develop, validate, and apply computer-based models of electrical stimulation and block of autonomic nerves. There are opportunities in this position to undertake both computational and experimental studies to advance our objectives.

In our lab we presently have active projects in:

• autonomic nerve stimulation and block: vagus nerve stimulation; computational modeling for analysis and design; in vivo electrophysiology

• deep brain stimulation: mechanisms of action; closed-loop control; design of innovative therapies

• spinal cord stimulation to treat chronic pain: modeling, preclinical studies, and clinical studies to understand mechanisms and to innovate for increased therapeutic efficacy

• peripheral nerve recording and stimulation for control of bladder function, including restoration of continence and emptying

• transcranial magnetic stimulation: mechanisms and innovations to increase efficacy

We conduct computer-based modeling of neurons and electric fields, in vivo stimulation and recording in preclinical models, and translational clinical feasibility / physiology experiments in humans. The strong interdisciplinary and collaborative environment at Duke is ideal for our translational research efforts.

An earned PhD and previous experience in at least one of experimental electrophysiology or neurobiology, electrical stimulation, and computational modeling is required, as are excellent communication skills. A start date around Sept 2020 is ideal a start before year’s end is preferred.

This is a full-time position with University Benefits and provides exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary research and career development.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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