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Engineering Research Fellow – Neurologic Surgery Job

Location: Rochester, MN, US

Company: Mayo Clinic

Department: Neurologic Surgery
Specialty: Neurologic Surgery, Research

A Life-Changing Career

Position Summary: The Mayo Bioelectronic Medicines Laboratory, part of the Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratories, is looking to fill several Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions. The Bioelectronic Medicines Laboratory is focused on developing next-generation non-invasive or minimally-invasive implantable devices to send electrical signals through the human autonomic and central nervous system to treat a wide range of diseases/disorders. The ultimate goal is to ‘hijack’ the nervous system to precisely deliver the body’s own endogenous biomolecules where and when it is needed in order to avoid the side-effects associated with systemic drug delivery, by leveraging sensing technology to titrate the therapy based on biologic changes throughout the day.

Those selected for this position will work closely with both surgeons and industry partners to facilitate successful translation of new neuromodulation therapies from initial concept through to clinical testing, with an emphasis on building a path towards sustained commercial dissemination. The researcher will be part of a multidisciplinary team involving neuroscientists, engineers, chemists, biologists, and clinicians.

Research Fellows in this position will be expected to help acquire, analyze, and model real-time neural activity (neurochemical and electrophysiological) evoked by neuromodulation interventions. Responsibilities will include:
  • Conceptualization, implementation, and verification of mathematical and statistical models for real-time or near real-time detection, analysis, and characterization of low-amplitude time-varying neural signals.
  • Design of experimental paradigms.
  • Analysis and interpretation of multi-modal data.
  • Assist in the preparation of grants and manuscripts, present findings at scientific meetings, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Help engage with industry collaborators, regulatory specialists, and venture capitalists to develop a pathway to regulatory approval and commercialization

Responsibilities: A Research Fellow at Mayo Clinic is a temporary position intended to provide training and education in research. Individuals will train in the research program of a Mayo Clinic principal investigator. Qualified individuals will demonstrate the potential for research as evidenced by their training and peer-reviewed publications and should become competitive for national research grants. Proof of English proficiency is required for J-1 Short-Term Scholars, Research Scholars, Professors, Specialists, and Student Interns sponsored by Mayo Clinic. 800146; J2WRTP

  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Neural Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Neuroscience, Mathematics, or Physics.
  • Experience with common analytical and statistical software packages (e.g., Matlab, LabView, R, etc.), and/or programming languages (e.g., C, C++, Python, etc.).
  • Strong interest in experimental/computational/clinical neuroscience, neuromodulation technology, and brain computer interfaces (BCI).
  • High level of initiative.
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills.
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team (including physicians, biologists, chemists, engineers, technicians, and veterinarians).
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain a high level of organization and professionalism
Please attach the following required documents at the time of application:
  1. Current curriculum vitae and bibliography
  2. Three letters of recommendation, signed, on letterhead, describing:
    • Relationship to the applicant.
    • Past work/academic performance.
    • Work qualities/personal conduct.
    • Overall assessment of potential for success in research environment.
  3. Doctoral degree certification, if applicable:
    • Original or notarized copy of diploma or final transcript issued by school (English translation required).

Additional Qualifications: -­ Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior experience in the conduct of small and/or large animal model experiments (acute and chronic)
  • Ability to independently plan, execute, and troubleshoot experimental designs.
  • Basic experience with common neural interface modalities, including basic understanding of neural interface theory (deep brain stimulation, indwelling microelectrode cortical arrays, electrocorticography arrays (ECoG), tripolar cuff electrodes, etc).
  • Understanding of neurophysiology and/or neurochemistry as it pertains to neuromodulation therapies for the autonomic and/or central nervous system.
  • Experience with neurochemical sensing techniques, including fast-scan cyclic voltammetry and/or amperometry
  • Background in signal processing (analog and/or digital).
  • Understanding of statistical methods relevant to the interpretation of large time-varying data sets, multivariate signal analysis, feature extraction, and algorithm development.
  • Experience with finite element modeling and cable theory.
  • Experience with biophysical modeling software (e.g., COMSOL, ANSYS, SCIRun, etc).
  • Experience in obtaining and analyzing functional magnetic resonance imaging data

Recruiter: Katrina Giese

Why Mayo Clinic? Mayo Clinic provides the highest quality patient care by placing the needs of the patient first. We are the largest integrated, not-for-profit medical group practice in the world with approximately 60,000 employees working in a unique environment that brings together the best in patient care, groundbreaking research and innovative medical education. We offer a highly competitive compensation package, which includes exceptional benefits, and have been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the top 100 “Best Companies to Work For”.

Site Description: Mayo Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, a vibrant, friendly city that provides a highly livable environment for more than 34,000 Mayo staff and students. The city is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States because of its affordable cost of living, healthy lifestyle, excellent school systems and exceptionally high quality of life.

Mayo Clinic is an equal opportunity educator and employer (including veterans and persons with disabilities).

Job Posting Number: 76843BR

Date: Feb 11, 2017

Nearest Major Market: Rochester MN

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