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Neuroscientist - 3D Tissue Bioprinting
National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland
Date Posted 03/24/2022
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Application Deadline Open until filled

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

The 3D Tissue Bioprinting Laboratory at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is seeking postdoctoral candidates to develop human functional neural 3D tissue models as assay platforms for the discovery and development of new therapeutics for pain, addiction, or overdose. Candidates with a background in neurosciences, in vitro neural organotypic models, and neural stem cells are encouraged to apply.   

Core Responsibilities:

The selected candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of innovative scientists with expertise in bioengineering, 3D Bioprinting, quantitative cell imaging, electrophysiology, histology, assay development, drug screening, data science, and other “omics” cutting-edge technologies working towards the development and characterization of functional 3D neural organotypic assays for drug discovery and development. The ideal candidate will be expected to work independently as well-trained problem solvers in the production of 3D neural organotypic models, including architectural and physiological validation, and develop functional assay readouts for drug screening. They will keep accurate and complete records of all scientific experiments according to established procedures and ensure that these records and raw data are properly retained. They also will draft technical reports, manuscripts and patent applications and present work internally and externally to consultants and collaborators as needed.


We are looking for a scientist with experience in physiology and pathology of the nervous system to help establish a portfolio of assays to model neural circuitry of pain, addiction, and overdose. Each applicant must possess a PhD in neuroscience, cell biology, molecular biology, pharmacology, pathology, or a related discipline with relevant experience in neuroscience. Previous experience in techniques necessary to develop functional CNS and PNS assays for drug testing using tissues, including extracellular recording (field potential or multi-unit), electrophysiology analysis, calcium imaging, and neural stem cell and primary cell culture is required.

Experience with techniques such as histology, quantitative analysis of microscopy images, and time lapse microscopy is highly desired. Additional experience in physiology and pathology of pain, addiction or overdose, optogenetics microscopy, or tissue engineering or bioprinting techniques will be highly considered.

The candidate should be an independent thinker, self-motivated and driven, thorough and careful experimentalist, a team player, and be able to multitask and work in a very interactive environment. Effective communication and presentation skills are required. The incumbent needs to be able to work in the US for any employer.

To Apply:

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with a bibliography, and the contact information of at least three references to NCATSbioprinting@mail.nih.gov . Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.

This post will be available until June 23, 2022 or until filled.

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NIH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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