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

  • 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

    A Postdoctoral Associate for neurophysiologist is available in the laboratory of Alexei Morozov to study synaptic and network properties of neuronal circuits underlying emotions. We cover the amygdala-prefrontal cortex interactions and investigate how aversive experiences, such as social stress, alter the circuits, particularly GABAergic transmission from genetically identifiable subclasses of interneurons and its regulation by dopamine. The candidate will use optogenetics combined with whole cell recording and multi-neuron calcium imaging of neuronal activity in slice, and also behavioral paradigms for evaluating emotional traits in rodents.

  • Lab & Research Tech

    Posted: August 01, 2014

    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

    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 Assistant

    Posted: September 02, 2014

    The Smyth lab is seeking a Research Assistant (Lab Manager) to assist in general laboratory operations and conduct research experiments together with other lab members. This position is for a minimum of two years with the possibility of reappointment. Dr. Smyth’s research group focuses on the gap junction protein connexin 43, which is essential for action potential propagation in the heart. Employing state of the art super-resolution microscopy, combined with genetic, molecular, and biochemical techniques, the Smyth lab studies cellular mechanisms regulating intercellular communication and how these are altered in cardiac disease states.

    Responsibilities include knowledge of and experience with general cell and molecular laboratory techniques, basic animal handling (specifically mice) and colony maintenance. Other duties will include basic laboratory management, including supply ordering, maintaining and preparing lab reagents, tracking laboratory expenses, and maintaining laboratory certifications and licenses.

  • 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.

  • Research Assistant

    Posted: September 17, 2014

    A part-time research assistant is being sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu and Dr. Brooks King-Casas at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute http://research.vtc.vt.edu) in Roanoke, Virginia. Projects in the labs focus on the neuroscience of motivated behavior and social decision-making, in both healthy and psychiatric groups including individuals with major depression, substance use disorders, and PTSD. This is an excellent opportunity for a detail-oriented person who enjoys interacting with others, being a key part of a diverse and active scientific environment, working with individuals with varied mental health difficulties, and assisting with multiple project duties. The position is available for immediate start.

    The research assistant will work as part of a team responsible for recruiting, screening, consenting, assessing, and generally maintaining good communication with research participants and collaborators. The VTCRI is located in Roanoke, VA, and some travel to local collaborators' clinics for data collection is expected. In addition, the research assistant will assist with data collection from various modalities including: paper questionnaires, computerized tasks, fMRI, and genetic samples. Training will be provided for all aspects of the position. This is an excellent opportunity for candidates interested in graduate school in clinical/counseling psychology, cognitive neuroscience and related fields.

    Job Duties:
    1. Recruiting, screening, consenting, assessing, and generally maintaining good communication with research participants and collaborators.
    2. Collecting data from various modalities including: questionnaires, fMRI, genetic samples.
    3. Assisting with IRB protocol preparation and progress reports.
    4. Assisting with day-to-day logistics of ongoing lab projects.
    5. Working with the team to identify needs and priorities.

  • ARRC Research Assistant

    Posted: September 17, 2014

    The Addiction Recovery Research Center at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is looking for a research assistant to participate in a research project on a novel treatment for alcohol dependence. This treatment is remotely delivered using technology to remain in contact with the participants. The research assistant will work closely with the Principal Investigator and the rest of the research team both collaboratively and independently to collect and process human subject data. This position reports to the Principal Investigator.

    The duties of the research assistant will include:
    - Making significant contributions to the project and achieving of the project’s research goals.
    - Scheduling appointments for participant study visits.
    - Collecting and entering data from research participants per approved protocols, standard operating procedures, and experiment instructions.
    - Administering assessments and structured interviews, collecting urine specimens, and performing on-site analyses during subject study visits, all according to research protocols.
    - Assisting supervisor with research record keeping, subject payments, and maintenance of office and laboratory inventory.
    - Maintaining accurate and confidential records.
    - Conducting literature searches to gather background information for use by the Principal Investigator and other research team members in developing and evaluating research protocols and grant applications.
    - Participating in research team meetings to report on research progress, improve data collection processes, assist with problem solving, and address protocol issues that arise during the course of research.
    -Other duties as assigned.

    Job Duties:
    Data collection and laboratory assistance: The Research Assistant will perform screening interviews, schedule study visits, administer assessments according to approved research protocols and standard operating procedures, collect and test urine and saliva specimens, assist supervisor with record keeping, and maintain supply inventory for office and lab.

    Data entry: The Research Assistant will maintain accurate records used for monitoring the study and enter and manage data for analyses. These records will include regulatory binders and participant data files. He/she will conduct literature searches to gather background information for use by the Principal Investigator in developing and evaluating research protocols and grant applications. This position will maintain confidential participant information and data files.

    Team activities: This position will participate in research team meetings to increase recruitment, improve data collection processes, and assist with problem solving and meeting team goals as well as addressing protocol issues that arise during the course of the studies.

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

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For questions concerning employment at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, please contact Human Resource Manager Jean Sprague at 540-526-2070 (office).

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