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The following 12 positions are currently accepting applications at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute:

Research Assistant

Posted: August 09, 2018

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Research Assistant position in the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s
Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer Center

The Sontheimer laboratory at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) is seeking a Research Assistant full-time or part-time salaried to work on an NIH/NCI funded research project on malignant brain tumors. The main role of this position will be propagation of human cell lines in culture and in laboratory mice, collection of human brain tissue and tissue preservation. This position will involve significant time devoted to handling of mice and microsurgery as well as general laboratory tasks, including database management, inventory, supplies and reagent preparation. The ability to interact with a number of people (including medical and academic personnel at all levels) excellent attention to detail, independent task related judgement, and communication skills are necessary. We are looking for a motivated person who can work independently to support a medium size research group.

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Research Assistant

Posted: July 31, 2018

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The lab of Sharon Swanger, Ph.D. is seeking a responsible and well-organized Research Assistant who can support research activities in the laboratory. The projects in the lab of Dr. Swanger seek to elucidate the organization, function, and therapeutic potential for specific neurotransmitter receptor populations in the brain. This work involves applying a combination of pharmacology, physiology, and cell biology to study neuronal function in mouse models. The Research Assistant will be responsible for general lab organization, basic mouse handling and colony maintenance, and participating in routine lab experiments. The use of standard laboratory bench equipment is essential and a willingness to learn methods in cell biology and histology is expected.

Applicants should have excellent communication skills both verbally and written, should be detail oriented, and capable of working independently and as part of a team.

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Research Assistant

Posted: July 30, 2018

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The Oestreich laboratory of molecular immunology at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and School of Medicine aims to define the regulatory mechanisms that govern T cell differentiation and function during immune responses. This research involves the application of a number of molecular and cellular immunology techniques including flow cytometry, RT-PCR, chromatin immunoprecipitation, co-immunoprecipitation, high-throughput sequencing, reporter assays, and work involving tissue culture and murine infection models.

The Oestreich lab is recruiting a Research Assistant that will be responsible for performing experiments and other duties that will advance the goals of the laboratory. This includes performing both molecular and cellular immunology experiments, aiding with mouse colony maintenance and oversight, and assisting with lab-related administrative tasks. The successful applicant will also be expected to participate in lab meetings, record and analyze data, and assist in the preparation of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication and presentations. The successful applicant will be expected to work both individually and as part of a team.

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Postdoctoral Associate

Posted: July 25, 2018

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The laboratory of Sharon Swanger, PhD studies the molecules and mechanisms controlling synaptic transmission and circuit excitability in the thalamus as well as how thalamic physiology is dysregulated in mouse models of neurological disease. This work involves functional studies utilizing neurotransmitter receptor pharmacology, optical and electrical recordings in brain slices, and ex vivo optogenetics. We also apply biochemical and cell biological approaches including super-resolution microscopy to study synaptic protein expression and localization in mouse brain tissue. Swanger lab is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Associate. Candidate in this capacity is expected to have a solid background in electrophysiology and fluorescence imaging, and experience with mouse models of disease, small animal surgery, and biochemical approaches is highly desirable.

Successful candidate will be expected to:
1. Record from acute brain slices isolated from mice using patch-clamp electrophysiology;
2. Implement live fluorescence imaging in mouse cultured neurons and brain slices;
3. Determine cellular and molecular changes underlying hyperexcitability in mouse brain tissue;
4. Perform stereotaxic brain injections to label specific neurons for optogenetics and imaging;
5. Mentor undergraduate students in electrophysiology, fluorescence imaging, and biochemistry.

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Postdoctoral Associate

Posted: July 25, 2018

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The Oestreich laboratory of molecular immunology at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and School of Medicine aims to define the regulatory mechanisms that govern T cell differentiation and function during immune responses. This research involves the application of a number of molecular and cellular immunology techniques including flow cytometry, RT-PCR, chromatin immunoprecipitation, co-immunoprecipitation, high-throughput sequencing, reporter assays, and work involving tissue culture and murine infection models.

The Oestreich lab is recruiting a Postdoctoral Associate that will be responsible for the design and implementation of research projects that advance the goals of the lab as stated above. The successful applicant will be expected to perform experiments, analyze data, and assist in the preparation of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication and presentations. The successful applicant will be expected to work both individually and as part of a team. Opportunities to train students and additional junior lab personnel will be provided.

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Postdoctoral Associate

Posted: July 25, 2018

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The laboratory of Steven Poelzing, Ph.D. at the Virginia Tech Carillion Research Institute is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate in the area of cardiac electrophysiology and biophysics. Dr. Poelzing’s group uses high-resolution optical mapping, isolated cellular electrophysiological measurements, and immunohistochemistry to determine the mechanisms of non-gap junction–mediated conduction and its dependence on Cx43 and the gap junction. In particular, Dr. Poelzing is seeking to determine how pathological insults such as cardiac inflammation and edema modulate the risk of sudden death in the young and how age changes this relationship.

The successful candidate for this position will have demonstrated experience in electrophysiologic measurements and preference will be giving to candidates with training in engineering, particularly signal processing, physics, or mathematics. A postdoctoral associate will also be responsible for:
1. Research Conceptualization – With the guidance of the PI, take a lead role in the design of experiment methodology and methods.
2. Research Publications – Preparation of text, tables, and graphical information
as appropriate for dissemination in peer-reviewed publications, or presentation at
professional conferences or in book chapters.
3. Data Analysis – Analyzing the findings from research methods and transforming the results into formats appropriate for dissemination in peer reviewed publications or conference presentations or in formats that engender further analysis.

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Assistant Professor

Posted: July 15, 2018

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Faculty Positions in the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s
Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors (CTRHB)

Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position will have an academic home at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute (VTCSOM and VTCRI). We seek individuals with a commitment to health behaviors research to join the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors (CTRHB; https://ctrhb.vtc.vt.edu). The mission of CTRHB is to conduct and disseminate transformative health behaviors research with the primary objective of preventing and treating lifestyle-related disease. Competitive salary, space and start-up packages will be provided.

The Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors is recruiting a researcher with interests in behavioral economics, cognitive neuroscience, obesity, diabetes and/or lifestyle-related diseases and a commitment to focus on health behaviors research. Individuals with expertise in cognitive neuroscience or neuroeconomics interested in applying this work to life-style diseases are particularly sought. Expectations include obtaining external funding, mentoring postdoctoral, doctoral, masters, and undergraduate level research trainees. The successful candidate will have a doctorate, postdoctoral training experience, and a demonstrated track record, with strong potential for developing an extramurally funded innovative research program.

The VTC School of Medicine and Research Institute represent a successful public-private partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia’s leading research-intensive university – Virginia Tech – and a major health care system – Carilion Clinic, in Roanoke, VA. The research institute and medical school are located in the picturesque Roanoke Valley midway between Washington DC and Charlotte, NC. The VTCRI currently houses 25 independent research groups with over 250 research and support team members and over $70M in current active extramural research funding. Prospective faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of graduate students to work with them in their research program. VT has over 6,000 graduate students and offers graduate programs in many disciplines related to health behaviors, including as a major focus area in the Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE) as well as Translational Biology, Medicine and Heath (TBMH) programs. Applicants will also enjoy access to unique shared research facilities at the VTCRI including a DXA scanner, multiple MRIs, human and animal behavioral testing and molecular biology facilities.

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Postdoctoral Associate

Posted: June 29, 2018

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Postdoctoral Associate
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

The Robel Lab is currently recruiting a Postdoctoral Associate to carry out full time research at The Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer Center at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

We are a research team investigating the role of reactive astrocytes in repeated mild traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disease resulting from TBI. These studies involve multi-photon imaging in-vivo, mouse genetics and breeding, small animal surgery, whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology, voltage-sensitive dye imaging, Ca2+-imaging, tissue culture, molecular biology, biochemistry and immunohistochemistry combined with confocal imaging. Our research is motivated by our desire to understand how astrocytes drive or contribute to neurological disease, so we are continuously working on implementing state of the art technology to better address these research objectives.

The research project investigates the mechanisms causing post-traumatic epilepsy following diffuse traumatic brain injury. Specifically, we are in need of adding an Electrophysiologist (Postdoctoral Associate) to our team. We expect you to work independently and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary environment. You should have strong oral and written communication skills and are willing to help developing manuscripts and grant proposals. You also have an interest in working with graduate and undergraduate students. Most importantly, you consider yourself a lifelong learner and are dedicated to continuously stretching your own limits and becoming a better scientist, team member and person. As a Postdoc you will be in charge of designing and carrying out electrophysiological experiments independently. You will also train graduate student in the technique and use of equipment.

We do believe that working well with our lab mates and collaborators makes our research better. If you share this sentiment you're the right person for our team.

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Communications Associate

Posted: May 23, 2018

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The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute seeks a Communications Associate to support the growing needs of the research institute and the Health Sciences and Technology campus. Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications Associate will provide photography, videography, production, editorial, and administrative support in the areas of marketing, publications, publicity, events, social media, and web communications. The Communications Associate will work on daily assignments to develop story ideas, contact sources, shoot short videos, and take pictures for posting to the Virginia Tech News site, the VTCRI homepage, official social media channels, and other platforms. The successful candidate will join a collaborative team in creating and distributing branded promotional multimedia. Specific areas of responsibility include production of creative services deliverables, and continuous advancement of media relations, design and technology skills. Additionally, the incumbent will:
1. Serve as chief photographer for the research institute. Provide professional-quality photography and photographic editing, create photo galleries, schedule photo shoots, conduct photo research, collect photo releases, maintain photo library.
2. Produce branded video and multimedia stories. Coordinate with VTC AV Coordinator and University Relations and Carilion Clinic multimedia teams to build and maintain video library.
3. Contribute to the development and production of the VTC website and social media presence, drafting online-exclusive material, entering images and text in the content management system, and participating in the website redesign.
4. Serve as a video production resource for VTRCI programs such as TBMH and collaborate with University Relations photographers and videographers on university-wide news and philanthropy projects.
5. Provide event support including physical and digital signage and other duties as required.

The position also supports various projects and the incumbent is expected to be innovative, apply creative thinking, and capitalize on opportunities for process improvement and enhancement of business operation. Other duties may be assigned based on business needs. The role requires professional judgment in a demanding, fast-paced environment.

If you’re a highly motivated professional who enjoys challenges and prefers to be part of entrepreneurial and leading-edge research environment, has creativity, time management and technical skills, then don’t miss out on this opportunity to join our team as a Communications Associate.

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Postdoctoral Associate

Posted: December 19, 2017

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The Montague laboratory at Virginia Tech is seeking a postdoctoral associate who is a physiologist with excellent quantitative skills. The Montague lab is currently employing advanced quantitative methods to conduct leading-edge research on the role of neurotransmitters in the human brain. This position is an excellent opportunity for a biologically trained investigator to expand their analytical skills, learn new methods in machine learning, and to understand the roles of the neuromodulators dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine in human cognitive function and dysfunction.

A Postdoctoral Associate will usually also engage in:
1. Research Conceptualization – Coordinating with and assisting the PI in the design of experiment methodology and methods for analyzing the results of experiments.
2. Research Publications – Preparation of text, tables, and graphical information as appropriate for dissemination in peer-reviewed publications, or presentation at professional conferences or in book chapters.
3. Data Analysis – Analyzing the findings from research methods and transforming the results into formats appropriate for dissemination in peer reviewed publications or conference presentations or in formats that engender further analysis.

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Postdoctoral Associate (Computational Psychiatry)

Posted: December 19, 2017

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Postdoctoral Associate positions in Computational Psychiatry
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Roanoke, Virginia

Multiple openings are available immediately in the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu and Dr. Brooks King-Casas at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (http://research.vtc.vt.edu/). Projects in the labs use fMRI to examine the neuroscience of motivated behavior and social influences on decision-making with methods adapted from behavioral & computational neuroscience, experimental economics, computational psychiatry, and psychology; ongoing projects focus on processes in healthy and psychiatric individuals. Qualified candidates with basic science backgrounds are welcome, and training in applied science will be provided; a subset of projects also involve multi-dimensional biomarker development. For interested candidates, the labs provide plentiful opportunities to examine how neurobehavioral anomalies may be quantified and rehabilitated in depression, substance dependence, post-traumatic stress, personality disorders, and at-risk adolescents.

The labs are located in the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke, VA, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The VTCRI provides full access to outstanding infrastructure, including three research-dedicated Siemens 3T scanners and a high-throughput computing cluster. The successful candidate will play a lead role in highly collaborative multidisciplinary scientific efforts.

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Lab & Research Tech

Posted: May 08, 2017

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A part-time technician position is available in the laboratory investigating brain response to emotional distress using animal models. The responsibilities include managing mouse colony, running behavioral tests on mice, immunohistochemical analyses of brain tissues and assistance with general lab needs.

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For information about employment at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, contact Amel Cuskovic, human resource manager, 540-526-2070.