Postdoctoral Scientist for Heart Failure Research, VUMC, Nashville, TN

Kate Stuart
September 1, 2016

An NIH funded Postdoctoral research position is available in the Cardiovascular Medicine Division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), Nashville, TN USA. Salaries are competitive and fringe benefits include health insurance coverage for family members. The applicant will be involved in studies of myocardial disease mechanisms in various heart failure models. These include myocardial infarction (MI), pressure load (TAC), ischemia reperfusion injury (I/R) and cancer therapeutics induced cardiac dysfunction. The vibrant basic and translational research program in the Cardiovascular Medicine Division at VUMC provides excellent opportunities for career development in cardiac research.

The lab employs a variety of techniques including noninvasive echocardiographic assessment of cardiac function, genetically modified transgenic and knockout mouse models, surgical models of heart failure, cardiac cell isolation and various other molecular techniques. Previous experience with these techniques is highly desirable but not essential. This position is ideal for a highly motivated individual who would like to prepare himself/herself for a strong scientific career in cardiac disease research. Contingent upon performance, the lab will encourage the applicant to apply for independent fellowship and subsequently transition research grant as his/her career progresses.

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in biology or a related field with no more than 3 years of postdoctoral training. The candidate should be independent, self-motivated and have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to work cooperatively on a research team. It will be essential for the applicant to participate in planning and execution of experiments, analysis and interpretations data, preparing manuscripts and posters, presenting at national meetings, and applying for fellowships and grants. The appointment will be full-time for 12-months, with annual renewal contingent upon performance. VUMC offers a dynamic multi-disciplinary research environment with access to the Vanderbilt’s modern state-of-the-art research facilities equipped with world-class core services.   

Applicants should send a cover letter with a description of past research experience, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and career goals, and the names of three references to: Dr. Hind Lal, E-mail: Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.