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

  • Associate Director for Facility Development &Technical Ops

    Posted: March 18, 2016

    The Associate Director for Facility Development and Technical Operations will have the unique opportunity to help shape the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute as it continues to grow in the future. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Associate Director will serve as a critical member of the organization’s senior management team responsible for many of the day-to-day operations of the Research Institute.
    Specifically, the incumbent will:
    -Advise the Executive Director on issues related to the effective use and improvement of administrative spaces, instructional spaces, and research laboratories.
    -Manage programming, planning, and up-fit of the Research Institute including renovations and new construction.
    -Ensure coordinated activities with relevant parties including architects/engineers, contractors, vendors and service providers.
    -Develop budgets and conduct financial analysis as it relates to facility growth and maintenance.
    -Interface with VT Renovations, VT Real Estate, VT Legal, University Building Official, University Veterinarian and Animal Resources, VT EHS, Carilion Clinic, and the City of Roanoke on an as required basis.
    -Develop and oversee operational, safety, and compliance protocols and procedures.
    -Purchase, receive, locate and maintain all core laboratory equipment and office furnishings.
    -Oversee facility maintenance, security, and emergency planning.
    -Ensure appropriate maintenance and service contracts are in place for all core equipment and relevant systems.
    -Establish policies, procedures, and good business practices related to facility operations in compliance with University, State, and Federal regulations.
    -Provide on call services 24/7 to respond to emergency issues related to the operation of the facility.
    -Supervise three personnel that have responsibility for autoclave, glass wash, and waste removal; Environmental Health and Safety; and VTC reception/participant flow.
    -Update and maintain a facility wide Emergency Action Plan and Continuity of Operations Plan.
    -Serve as the primary point of contact with VT Fleet Services to ensure that the VTCRI/Blacksburg Campus shuttle meets the needs of VTC.
    -Serve on the VTC working group committee to address issues common to the School of Medicine and Research Institute.

  • Postdoctoral Associate

    Posted: January 27, 2016

    Postdoctoral Associate positions in Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer Center at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Dr. Harald Sontheimer, professor and director of the Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer Center at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, is recruiting two Postdoctoral Associates to carry out full time research under his supervision. The research will involve studying the role of astrocytes in neurological illnesses including epilepsy, trauma, Alzheimer disease and Glioma. Studies will be conducted in mouse models of disease.

    One position focuses on glia vascular interactions including the role of astrocytes in blood brain barrier maintainance and the effect of injury on their function. These studies involve multi-photon imaging in vivo, single-photon imaging in situ and possibly whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology. Basic familiarity with mouse genetics and breeding is desirable.

    The second position focuses on primary brain cancer more specifically the function and regulation of the system Xc glutamate transporter in glioma cells in the development of primary brain tumors. This project requires familiarity with tissue culture, mouse glioma models, PCR, Western blot, and immunohistochemistry.

  • Assistant/Associate Professor in Glial Biology/Neuroscience

    Posted: October 29, 2015

    The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) has launched a new center within the institute - the Glial Biology in Health, Disease and Cancer Center (GBHDCC), with the objective to anchor the institute’s growing research programs in the biology of glial cells in all aspects of health and disease. The GBHDCC will be directed by Dr. Harald Sontheimer. Successful applicants will have an earned doctorate, have completed postdoctoral training and must have demonstrated a track record of successful research related to glia or glioma biology, with a strong potential of developing innovative research programs that can attract sustained extramural funding. They will join a collaborative and highly successful group of investigators with similar research interests at the VTCRI, and will hold their tenure earning faculty appointment in an appropriate department at Virginia Tech.

    The VTC Research Institute and School of Medicine 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 24 independent research groups with over 200 research and support team members. VT has over 6000 graduate students, and offers graduate programs in many Neuroscience-related disciplines, including the translational biology, medicine and heath program (TBMH). Prospective faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of graduate students to support their research program. Applicants will also enjoy access to unique shared research facilities including high-resolution single and multi-photon confocal and functional neuroimaging.

    The VTCRI’s GBHDCC expects to recruit up 5 new faculty members over the next 3 years, with the majority being recruited at the tenure track Assistant Professor level. However, well-qualified midcareer applicants with a funded research program are also encouraged to apply. Competitive salary, space and start-up packages will be provided. Applications will be reviewed continuously until all positions are filled. It is expected that initial interviews will begin in September 2015.

  • Postdoctoral Associate

    Posted: August 19, 2015

    Post-doctoral positions are available in the lab of Dr. Gregorio Valdez at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. These positions will seek to uncover molecular mechanisms that function to protect the motor system, in particular the neuromuscular junction, during normal aging and the progression of diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Preferred experience include molecular biology, cell culture, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, neuronal and muscle physiology, and peripheral nerve surgery in small animals.

  • Research Assistant Professor

    Posted: May 23, 2016

    The Research Assistant Professor will be expected to carry out full time research in the laboratory of Dr. Warren K. Bickel.

    The Research Assistant Professor is expected to independently plan and conduct experimental protocols, analyze and interpret research data, continuously devise new approaches to problems as well as plan, conduct, and coordinate all phases of the work. The individual in this position may receive general supervision and technical guidance on unusual or complex research issues. Projects undertaken and research goals may require approval from higher-level authority, but often are the responsibility of the individual. Duties and Responsibilities:
    - Program development, proposal writing, monitoring budgets, publishing reports and scholarly publications, and coordination with other researchers are expected.
    - The successful candidate will collaborate with higher ranking academic personnel in the program management and development of major programs.
    - Demands of this position include broad knowledge of the area of study and a good working knowledge of principles and practices of related specialties.
    - The individual in this position may elect to engage in teaching activities and s/he will train and supervise lower level laboratory personnel and students who are authorized to work on the projects.

    Direction given and received:
    Research assistant professors are expected to contribute significantly to the design and execution of research projects. They may serve as principal investigators with the approval of the department head. They carry out independent research in their field of specialization under general supervision. They may have supervisory responsibility for project personnel and contribute to project management.

    The research will involve studies that employ behavioral economic and neuro-economic approaches to obesity and Type 2 diabetes as well as various forms of addiction . The candidate will also be expected to analyze previously collected data, construct final publication quality figures and prepare a manuscript suitable for submission to an appropriate journal during this period as well as to work with Dr. Bickel to develop preliminary data for submission of grants.

  • Lab & Research Tech

    Posted: April 21, 2015

    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.

  • Lab & Research Tech

    Posted: March 04, 2015

    The VTCRI's mission is to make major scientific advances in understanding the fundamental processes of human health and disease. Research at the VTCRI includes basic and translational investigation in several key areas of human health such as: neuroscience including decision-making, addiction and substance abuse, social cognition, neurodegenerative diseases and brain development; cancer biology including cell signaling and therapeutic design, infectious diseases including molecular virology and genetics, cardiovascular science and wound healing and regenerative medicine; and public health and education including children's studies. The VTCRI research is laboratory, clinic based, and community based and utilizes platforms and skills that include: functional human brain imaging, cellular and molecular biology, laser based optical imaging, electrophysiology, human behavior, animal behavior, molecular genetics, computer modeling, mathematics, statistics, informatics, structural biology, light and electron microscopy, ultrasound technology development, virology, human development and population based studies.

    We are looking for Research Assistants that can work on a short term basis in an hourly wage capacity who have interest and experience in any of the above areas. The positions available will range in length between 1 month and 1 year and can be renewed as needed. There are no fringe benefits associated with these positions, they are ideal for individuals looking for part time work, students, or others looking to expand their experience in the research field.

    Duties and responsibilities vary based on specific needs of the research projects. They may include but are not limited to performing daily lab routines, ordering supplies, and monitoring inventory. Duties may also include maintaining records of research and interacting with human research subjects and data analysis and handling.

  • Postdoctoral Associate

    Posted: January 22, 2014

    A Postdoctoral Associate position is available for an NIH-funded postdoctoral position in the lab of Dr. Brooks King-Casas at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (http://research.vtc.vt.edu/). Projects in the lab use fMRI to examine the neural computations underlying decision-making, with methods adapted from experimental economics, game theory, as well as social and computational neuroscience. We also have a strong interest in using these approaches to examine the developmental trajectory of neural mechanisms of decision-making, and how individual differences in these contribute to the development of substance use and health risk behaviors.

    The lab is located in the newly established Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke, VA. The VTCRI provides full access to outstanding infrastructure, including three research-dedicated Siemens 3T Trio scanners and a high-throughput computing cluster. The successful candidate will play a lead role a highly collaborative multidisciplinary scientific efforts among the VTC School of Medicine and Research Institute, the Carilion Healthcare System, and departments across Virginia Tech.

    Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will end when the positions are filled. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Virginia Tech Carilion is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Postdoctoral Associate

    Posted: January 22, 2014

    Applications are invited for an NIH-funded postdoctoral position in the lab of Dr. Pearl Chiu (http://people.vtc.vt.edu/~chiup/) at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (http://research.vtc.vt.edu/). Projects in the lab use fMRI to examine the neurobiology of motivated behavior and social influences on decision-making with methods adapted from experimental economics, behavioral & computational neuroscience, genetics, and psychology. We also have a strong interest in developing quantitative data-driven methods for assessment and diagnosis. For candidates interested in psychiatric neuroscience, the lab provides plentiful opportunities to examine how neural anomalies may be quantified and rehabilitated in conditions including depression, substance dependence, and PTSD.

    Postdoctoral Associates contribute to the goals of the lab through designing and conducting research projects, preparing data for peer-reviewed publications and presentations, and representing the results at conferences.

    The lab is located in the newly established Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke, VA. The VTCRI provides full access to outstanding infrastructure, including three research-dedicated Siemens 3T Trio scanners and a high-throughput computing cluster. The successful candidate will play a lead role in highly collaborative multidisciplinary scientific efforts among the VTC School of Medicine and Research Institute, the Carilion Healthcare System, and departments across Virginia Tech.

    Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will end when the positions are filled. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Virginia Tech Carilion is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Research Scientist

    Posted: March 07, 2016

    The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) represents a state of the art tier 1 research institute that houses many central core facilities. Currently, the VTCRI is looking for qualified candidates to fill a vacancy in the Flow Cytometry and Molecular Biology Core holding a Research Scientist rank. Requirements for this position include understanding and previous experience operating flow cytometers and cell sorters, and understanding of absolute quantification PCR techniques (droplet digital PCR) to assist scientists within the VTCRI in executing and interpreting their experiments. Additionally, knowledge of the flow cytometry software FlowJo is prefered.

    The VTCRI is recruiting a Research Scientist that will be responsible for managing all aspects of the core including calendar coordination with VTCRI scientists, documentation of machine usage, performing standard maintence, and core-recovery billing. The successfully selected candidate is expected to have experience with care and use of flow cytometers and cell sorters including working with service representatives to ensure minimal downtime of core facilities. The candidate will also need to be able to analyze and interpret data to assist VTCRI faculty and staff with experimental design and data interpretation.

  • Postdoctoral Associate

    Posted: April 01, 2016

    Postdoctoral Position in Agent-based Modeling and Simulation

    The Grado Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) at Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) invite applications for a postdoctoral associate in the area of agent-based modeling and simulation with applications to healthcare operations and service enterprise systems. The initial one-year appointment can begin as early as June 1, 2016, but could start as late as August 2016. The appointment may be extended contingent upon research performance for another year.

    The postdoc will be working with a multidisciplinary research team and will be co-advised by principal investigators (PIs) Dr. Christian Wernz, Assistant Professor in ISE, and Dr. Sarah Parker, Assistant Professor at VTCRI. The successful applicant will work on two projects that share the agent-based modeling and simulation methodology. For the service enterprise systems project, the postdoc will develop a simulation to inform management decisions for a technology service product. The industry sponsor of this project is a multinational computer technology company. For the healthcare project, the postdoc will develop a simulation to better understand behavior of healthcare workers under conditions of work surge and will build models to evaluate the consequences of different types of leadership in clinical settings.

    In addition to these two research projects, the postdoc will participate in the development of funding proposals under the guidance of the two PIs and will co-supervise undergraduate and graduate students. Further, the postdoc is expected to co-author publications in healthcare and/or engineering journals.

  • Research Assistant

    Posted: May 17, 2016

    A full-time research assistant (lab manager) is sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King-Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (http://research.vtc.vt.edu) in Roanoke, Virginia. Projects in the labs combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging (fMRI) to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (including adults with mood/anxiety/substance disorders, and at-risk youth). The research assistant will be responsible for recruiting and screening research participants, running fMRI scans, and conducting psychological assessments (e.g. SCID, MINI). Additional duties include managing subject databases, tracking rater reliability, organizing project funds, and preparing IRB protocols. The research assistant is an essential member of the group and will be generally responsible for having overall knowledge of research in the labs and managing the day-to-day logistics of ongoing projects. Training will be provided for all aspects of the position. This is an excellent opportunity for candidates interested in graduate school in clinical or cognitive psychology/neuroscience.

  • Pre-Award Associate

    Posted: April 30, 2016

    Under the direction of the Grants and Contracts Manager, the Pre-Award Associate will be responsible for implementation and execution of various pre-award activities in support of VTCRI’s sponsored program operations. The successful candidate will assist in preparation and submission of research proposals which will include interacting with faculty in proposal preparation, reading and dissection of sponsor solicitations, effectively communicating proposal requirements to faculty, technical editing, reviewing proposals for submission compliance, assembling budgets, working with sponsoring agencies as needed and working with the university Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) to meet all university requirements and deadlines for submission. This position has access to confidential and sensitive information. A Criminal Background Check is required.

  • Postdoctoral Associate

    Posted: February 04, 2014

    The Oestreich lab at the VTCRI aims to define molecular mechanisms by which transcription factors contribute to immune cell differentiation and function. This research involves the application of a number of molecular biology techniques including chromatin immunoprecipitation, RT-PCR, co-immunoprecipitation, high-throughput sequencing, reporter assays, and work involving tissue culture and murine 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.

  • Senior Administrative Assistant

    Posted: April 19, 2016

    The successfully selected candidate will be expected to provide senior administrative support to the Center Director, Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine Research at Virginia Tech Carillion Research Institute (VTCRI). Manages and prioritizes director’s demanding schedule; remains in constant communication with the director and VTCRI research faculty, staff, students and other internal and external contacts. Manages complex, extensive travel schedules, itineraries and logistics for the director, guests and visitors. Schedules individual and group meetings; develops agendas and coordinates materials. Responds to internal and external inquires based on knowledge of VTCRI programs. Screens and manages correspondence, inquiries, and reports by routing to relevant staff members in an accurate and timely manner. Interact with wide range of university, VTC School of Medicine, Carilion Clinic, hospital and Roanoke community executives or officials, VTCRI research team members, candidates for recruitment, and research subjects.

View and apply for open positions at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute by visiting the Virginia Tech employment website.

More information

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

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