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Postdoctoral Scholar - Willett Lab

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Work type: Faculty - Other
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants, Engineering/Biomedical Engineering

Department: Willett Lab
Rank: Postdoctoral Scholar
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins

September 6th, 2022; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your online application, please upload a CV and cover letter.

Department Summary

The Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is a billion-dollar initiative designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and beyond. The Knight Campus will reshape the higher education landscape in Oregon by training the next generations of scientists, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs, and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Position Summary

The Willett Lab research focuses on a systems integration approach to musculoskeletal disease and regenerative engineering by applying novel imaging and engineering approaches to mechanistic biology problems. Our current work has three main thrusts: (i) cell and biologic therapies for the healing of large bone and muscle defects, (ii) multi-scale mechanical regulation of bone regeneration, and (iii) intra-articular therapeutic delivery for post-traumatic osteoarthritis.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be responsible for conducting research and technical activities related to sponsored projects in Dr. Willett’s lab and on a project under the Regenerative Rehabilitation Moonshot program of the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance. They will perform in vitro and in vivo research on regenerative engineering and rehabilitation technologies, conduct data analysis and collaborate on reporting findings and discoveries in written and verbal form; and will manage, maintain and provide technical expertise for Willett lab equipment, protocols, and programs.

For the purpose of acquiring additional professional skills needed to pursue a career path in the chosen field, this position will have a formal mentor plan.

Minimum Requirements

• Ph.D. in bioengineering or relevant scientific field.
• Lab experience in musculoskeletal bioengineering or a related field in a university or medical setting.
• Strong academic record in major field.

Professional Competencies

• Demonstrated strong written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Technical, research, and/or analytic experience in a corporate or university setting as an intern or an employee.
• Experience with grant writing.
• Expertise with small animal research, surgeries, electrophysiology, and/or imaging experiments.
• Expertise with musculoskeletal and/or immune cell assays and analyses.
• Expertise with systems biology modeling and statistics.


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