The Department of Surgery’s Visible Heart® Laboratory (VHL) seeks a motivated Researcher 3 to start immediately. Individual will manage multi-step muscle bath studies and assessment of bio mechanical properties of various tissue (both animal and human) related to biophysical research.
50% Establish and perform multi-step research muscle bath experiments related to cardiac and electrophysiology research using both conventional and novel approaches. Assist in the development of experiments to answer relevant research questions utilizing knowledge of cardiac and skeletal muscle physiology, chemistry, and anatomy. Develop new techniques and methodologies for research protocols as needed, and adapt as necessary. Maintain in vitro tissue bath muscle force assessment system (24 tissue baths) and mechanical pull testers. Operate and maintain electronic physiologic equipment such as computer data acquisition systems, multi-channel recorders, stimulators, flowmeters, etc. Assist with diagnostic testing for malignant hyperthermia.
20% Maintain detailed records of all studies. Process vast amounts of experimental data collected from various sources, converting data as necessary using programs such as AT CODAS, LabView, SonoVIew, and Ponemah. Analyze and interpret resulting trends.
10% Assist in the preparation of abstracts and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Review and compile relevant scientific literature (or direct students in literature searches), and discuss with co-investigators on ongoing basis. Present research at scientific meetings and conferences. Assist in writing proposals for grant applications.
10% Assume role of Lab Safety Officer. Oversee lab safety training of faculty, staff, graduate students, and volunteers, and maintain training records.
10% Together with laboratory staff and graduate students, participate in educational community outreach events including: cardiac anatomy & physiology exhibits (i.e., AHA Heart Walk, mini medical school, MN State Fair, professional scientific conferences), laboratory tours (i.e., high school classes, summer STEM camps), and “A Heart to Learn” youth educational events (elementary schools).
The position will be supervised by Dr. Paul Iaizzo
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
BS/BA in Engineering (preferred Biomedical or Mechanical Engineering) or related field and 2 years of related experience or a combination of education and work experience to equal six years.
Demonstrated mechanical ability to troubleshoot, repair, and / or enhance functionality of laboratory equipment
Refined understanding of laboratory equipment (examples include: computer data acquisition systems, multi-channel recorders, respirators, stimulators, mechanical pull testers, blood gas analytics, flow meters and more)
Flexible work schedule involving early starts and/or long study days
Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
Demonstrated excellent time management, organizational, and communication/writing skills
Demonstrated ability to work well independently or as part of a fast paced research team
Ability to lift/transfer 50 lb items
Programming skills (MatLab or other programming languages)
Experience with AT CODAS, LabView, SonoView, Ponemah
Experience in a teaching or mentoring role
A record of publications in peer-reviewed journals, with ability to submit publications (or demonstrated potential for publication
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