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The following 24 positions are currently accepting applications at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute:

Research Assistant

Posted: March 14, 2019

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A full-time research assistant (lab manager) is sought for the labs of Dr. Stephen LaConte, Dr. Pearl Chiu, and Dr. Brooks King-Casas, at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (http://research.vtc.vt.edu) in Roanoke, Virginia. Research in the labs is devoted to advanced neuroimaging acquisition and data analysis approaches, aimed at basic scientific discovery as well as understanding and rehabilitating neurological and psychiatric diseases. The projects include methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics in healthy and clinical populations (including adults with brain injury, children with neurological dysfunction, mood/anxiety/substance disorders, and at-risk youth). The position may also occasionally require biological sample collection and/or image acquisition in animal populations. The assistant will be responsible for recruiting and screening research participants and running fMRI scans (and other imaging modalities such a EEG, MRI-guided focus ultrasound testing, and MEG), additional duties include managing subject databases, 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, or healthcare. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing to make a two-year commitment.

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Research Technician

Posted: March 13, 2019

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The Robel Lab at the Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer Center at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC is looking for a Research Assistant who can support research activities and assist with the operational oversight of the laboratory and help coordinate research projects. The Robel lab employs model organisms such as mice and rats. The range of methodologies used for study extends from basic cellular and molecular biology to in vivo multi-photon imaging and EEG monitoring.

Additional duties include:
- Work with other PIs who will utilize laboratory resources; facilitating scheduling and assist PI as needed.
- Coordinate IACUC protocols for the Lab, and assure compliance with all applicable regulatory policies as well as campus and building specific protocols on the main campus of Virginia Tech.
- Occasional travel between VTCRI/Roanoke and Blacksburg is expected.

We are looking for a motivated person who can work independently to support a medium size research group.

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Systems Administrator

Posted: March 06, 2019

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The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC is seeking a Systems Administrator. The incumbent will be part of an IT team whose chief objective is to ensure continuous and secure operations of FBRI’s network, systems and delivered services. The incumbent will play a key role in the implementation of services, data integrity, recoverability and security of the environment. This will include actively participating in day-to-day proactive management and administration tasks. The incumbent will have ownership and/or participation in various projects as assigned, and the adherence to established equipment inventory and surplus procedures.

The incumbent will use industry established best-practices and standards to make their administration more effective and more efficient. He or she will be responsible for all facets of system administration – design, documentation, implementation, capacity planning, monitoring, troubleshooting, and standards. Incumbent will support enterprise applications in a scientific research environment and manage IT policies and procedures in collaboration with the IT Director. Performs other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will utilize communication, presentation and problem-solving skills. The candidate must be able to identify highly complex problems, investigate them, address them, and learn from them. The successful candidate will have excellent customer service skills to work collaboratively and effectively with faculty, staff, students, and sponsors. They must be energetic and able to function effectively and independently in a fast-moving environment subject to external pressure and frequent interruptions with an ability of training users in applications and operating systems.

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Assistant Professor in Neuroscience of Human Development

Posted: March 01, 2019

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Virginia Tech (VT) is poised to make significant advances in understanding plasticity of the brain and its resultant manifestation as adaptive behavior by building trans-disciplinary teams and employing state-of-the-art technologies to address related themes and questions in the areas of decision-making, physical and psychological trauma, and development across the lifespan. Discoveries made in the Adaptive Brain and Behavior (ABB) Destination Area (https://www.provost.vt.edu/destination-areas/da-overview/da-brain.html) will have an impact on key health, economic, and social issues confronting our region, country, and the world, including performance, wellness, and treatment of brain/behavior disorders, resilience, and health policy. ABB research will be paired with an innovative curriculum introducing students to principles of the brain-behavior relationship and its impact on families, community, health, and the human condition. VT has already made and will continue to make substantial investment into these areas to transform the university into a national and international destination area for scientists, students, and inventors interested in ABB.

As part of this initiative, we are recruiting tenure track faculty members in multiple disciplines working in ABB areas, including one at the assistant professor level in the neuroscience of human development. Areas of particular interest for this recruitment include, but are not limited to brain, behavioral, and cognitive development; interactions of environment, family, and genetics on brain, behavioral, and cognitive development; and developmental disorders. Candidates using contemporary neuroscience research approaches including behavioral, neuroimaging, and computational and/or quantitative analytical methods are encouraged to apply. Competitive salary, space, and start-up packages will be provided. This faculty member will have an academic tenure earning position in the Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS - https://liberalarts.vt.edu/departments-and-schools/department-of-human-development-and-family-science.html) in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, with the faculty member located in the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (FBRI - https://research.vtc.vt.edu/). The FBRI provides intellectually vibrant and technologically advanced environments that include 21 ABB research teams, state of the art human neuroimaging/neuromodulation facilities, and behavioral testing facilities.

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, and the adjacent Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) School Medicine are located in Roanoke in the picturesque Roanoke Valley midway between Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC. The Roanoke programs include 28 research groups with over 300 research and support team members producing a research grant portfolio of over $125M. Prospective faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of graduate students to work with them in their research programs. Virginia Tech has over 6,000 graduate students and offers several graduate programs in health science-related disciplines, including the HDFS graduate programs (https://liberalarts.vt.edu/departments-and-schools/department-of-human-development-and-family-science/academic-programs.html#graduate ) and the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Heath doctoral program (http://www.tbmh.vt.edu).

About the Department of Human Development and Family Science (http://www.liberalarts.vt.edu/hdfs)
The Department of Human Development and Family Science, in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has programs covering the human life span on two campuses. Currently, there are approximately 700 undergraduate and 50 graduate HDFS students on the Blacksburg campus and 35 master’s degree students located on the National Capital Region (NCR) campus in Falls Church, VA. The department includes 31 faculty, instructors, and research associates and is the home for four centers. The Blacksburg campus centers include the Child Development Center for Learning and Research, Adult Day Services, and the Family Therapy Center. The Family Services Center is located on the NCR campus. In the last 12 years, the Department of Human Development and Family Science has won the university's Exemplary Department Award twice.

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Assistant Professor in Human Neuroimaging

Posted: February 25, 2019

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Virginia Tech (VT) is poised to make significant advances in understanding plasticity of the brain and its resultant manifestation as adaptive behavior by building trans-disciplinary teams and employing state-of-the-art technologies to address related themes and questions in the areas of decision-making, physical and psychological trauma and development across the lifespan. Discoveries made in the Adaptive Brain and Behavior (ABB) Destination Area (https://www.provost.vt.edu/destination-areas/da-overview/da-brain.html) will have an impact on key health, economic, and social issues confronting our region, country and the world, including performance, wellness, and treatment of brain/behavior disorders, resilience, and health policy. ABB research will be paired with an innovative curriculum introducing students to principles of the brain-behavior relationship and its impact on community, health and the human condition. VT has already made and will continue to make substantial investment into these areas to transform the university into a national and international destination area for scientists, students, and inventors interested in ABB.

As part of this initiative, we are recruiting a faculty member at the assistant professor level in human neuroimaging including technology development. Areas of particular interest include the development and application of novel recording methods for use in human neuroimaging work. Such novel approaches may include optically pumped magnetometry, deep learning approaches to signal classification and detection, and the interaction of both with BOLD neuroimaging.

Competitive salary, space, and start-up package will be provided. The successful candidate will join a collaborative and highly successful group of investigators with similar research interests at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (https://research.vtc.vt.edu/) in the institute’s Center for Human Neuroscience Research. The research institute provides an intellectually vibrant and technologically advanced environment that includes 21 brain research teams, state of the art multi-modal imaging facilities ranging from super resolution molecular and cellular imaging to multiple human MRIs, magnetically shielded space for optically pumped magnetometry measurements in the human brain during behavior and behavioral testing facilities.

The research institute and the adjacent medical school are located in Roanoke in the picturesque Roanoke Valley midway between Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC with 28 research groups with over 300 research and support team members with a research grant portfolio of over $125M. Prospective faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of graduate students to work with them in their research program. Virginia Tech has over 6,000 graduate students and offers several graduate programs in biomedically-related disciplines, including the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Heath Ph.D. program that has neuroscience and as one of its tracks (http://www.tbmh.vt.edu).

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Assistant Professor in Neuroscience of Eating Behaviors

Posted: February 20, 2019

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Adaptive Brain and Behavior Tenure Track Assistant Professor
Neuroscience of Eating Behaviors

Virginia Tech Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Virginia Tech (VT) is poised to make significant advances in understanding plasticity of the brain and its resultant manifestation as adaptive behavior by building trans-disciplinary teams and employing state-of-the-art technologies to address related themes and questions in the areas of decision-making, physical and psychological trauma and development across the lifespan. Discoveries made in the Adaptive Brain and Behavior (ABB) Destination Area (https://www.provost.vt.edu/destination-areas/da-overview/da-brain.html) will have an impact on key health, economic, and social issues confronting our region, country and the world, including performance, wellness, and treatment of brain/behavior disorders, resilience, and health policy. ABB research will be paired with an innovative curriculum introducing students to principles of the brain-behavior relationship and its impact on community, health and the human condition. VT has already made and will continue to make substantial investment into these areas to transform the university into a national and international destination area for scientists, students, and inventors interested in ABB.

As part of this initiative, we are recruiting multiple tenure track faculty members in ABB, including one at the assistant professor level in the neuroscience of eating behaviors. Areas of particular interest for this recruitment include, but are not limited to factors that influence decision-making in the context of food choice, the design and evaluation of innovative weight management strategies in children and/or adults, and the development of interventions to improve adherence to nutritional behavior change. Competitive salary, space, and start-up packages will be provided. The faculty member will join a collaborative and highly successful group of investigators with similar research interests. This position will have an academic tenure earning appointment (calendar year 12 month) in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (https://www.hnfe.vt.edu/), with the faculty member physically located in the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (FBRI - https://research.vtc.vt.edu/) within the institute’s Center for Transformative Research in Health Behaviors (CTRHB - https://ctrhb.vtc.vt.edu/) in Roanoke, Virginia. The CTRHB and the FBRI provide intellectually vibrant and technologically advanced environments that include 21 ABB research teams, state of the art human neuroimaging facilities and behavioral testing facilities.

In addition to a primary mission of high quality research, it is expected that the faculty member will also contribute to the educational/training mission by contributing to graduate teaching and mentoring as well as supervision of undergraduates and medical students in their research projects.

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute is located in Roanoke in the picturesque Roanoke Valley midway between Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC. The institute currently has 28 research groups, over 300 research and support team members, and a grant portfolio of over $125M. Faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of graduate students to work with them in their research program. Virginia Tech has over 6,000 graduate students and offers several graduate programs in biomedically-related disciplines, including the HNFE graduate program (https://www.hnfe.vt.edu/programs/graduate.html) and the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Heath graduate program (http://www.tbmh.vt.edu).

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Desktop Technician

Posted: January 31, 2019

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The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC is seeking a Desktop Technician. The incumbent in this role supports the day-to-day IT operations needs of the research institute. As a member of the IT team, works to implement policies, troubleshoot problems and maintain accurate documentation at multiple office locations. Provides direct assistance to users with all aspects of computer operations including computer setup, desktop and printer management and upkeep, instructional training, conference room support and disaster recovery. The incumbent provides hardware/software installation, technical support and user training during peak hours. Additionally, this role involves documentation, analysis, and testing of computer systems and related programs. Performs inventory assessment of building workstations and IT assets. Maintains detailed records of job status in Help Desk Tracking system.

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute is located in Roanoke in the picturesque Roanoke Valley midway between Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC. The institute currently has 28 research groups, over 300 research and support team members, and a grant portfolio of over $125M. Faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of graduate students to work with them in their research program. Virginia Tech has over 6,000 graduate students and offers several graduate programs in biomedically-related disciplines, including the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Heath graduate program (http://www.tbmh.vt.edu).

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Postdoctoral Associate

Posted: January 22, 2019

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Postdoctoral Associate, Cardiac Electrophysiology and Biophysics
Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech (VT) is poised to make significant advances in understanding sudden cardiac death. There is an increasing awareness that sudden cardiac death is linked to genetic mutations in cardiac proteins, or changes in those same proteins during diseases such as heart failure, ischemia, or diabetes.

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 biophysics, cardiac electrophysiology, engineering, particularly signal processing, or biomedical engineering. 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.

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute is located in Roanoke in the picturesque Roanoke Valley midway between Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC. The institute currently has 28 research groups, over 300 research and support team members, and a grant portfolio of over $125M. Faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of graduate students to work with them in their research program. Virginia Tech has over 6,000 graduate students and offers several graduate programs in biomedically-related disciplines, including the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Heath graduate program (http://www.tbmh.vt.edu).

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Glial Biology

Posted: January 11, 2019

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Adaptive Brain and Behavior Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Glial Biology

Virginia Tech (VT) is poised to make significant advances in understanding plasticity of the brain and its resultant manifestation as adaptive behavior by building trans-disciplinary teams and employing state-of- the-art technologies to address related themes and questions in the areas of decision-making, physical and psychological trauma and development across the lifespan. Discoveries made in the Adaptive Brain and Behavior (ABB) Destination Area (https://www.provost.vt.edu/destination-areas/da-overview/da- brain.html) will have an impact on key health, economic, and social issues confronting our region, country and the world, including performance, wellness, and treatment of brain/behavior disorders, resilience, and health policy. ABB research will be paired with an innovative curriculum introducing students to principles of the brain-behavior relationship and its impact on community, health and the human condition. VT has already made and will continue to make substantial investment into these areas to transform the university into a national and international destination area for scientists, students, and inventors interested in ABB.

As part of this initiative, we are recruiting multiple tenure track faculty members in ABB, including one at either the assistant or associate professor level in glial biology. Areas of particular interest for this recruitment include glial-neuronal and glio-vascular interactions, the role of glia in brain development, synaptogenesis, myelination and/or the role of glia in disease. Competitive salary, space, and start-up packages will be provided. The faculty member will join a collaborative and highly successful group of investigators with similar research interests. This position will have an academic tenure earning position in the School of Neuroscience (https://neuroscience.vt.edu/) with the faculty member located on the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) Health Sciences campus in the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC (https://research.vtc.vt.edu/) in the institute’s Center Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer. The research institute provides an intellectually vibrant and technologically advanced environment that includes 21 ABB research teams, state of the art imaging facilities ranging from super resolution molecular imaging to multiple MRIs, molecular and cell biology facilities including cell sorting and behavioral testing facilities for humans and animals.

In addition to a primary mission of high quality research, it is expected that the faculty member will also contribute to the educational/training mission through participating in graduate teaching and mentoring as well as mentoring of undergraduates and medical students in their research projects.

The research institute and the adjacent medical school are located in Roanoke in the picturesque Roanoke Valley midway between Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC with 28 research groups with over 300 research and support team members with a research grant portfolio of over $125M. Prospective faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of graduate students to work with them in their research program. Virginia Tech has over 6,000 graduate students and offers several graduate programs in biomedically-related disciplines, including the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Ph.D. program that has neuroscience and as one of its tracks (http://www.tbmh.vt.edu).

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Senior System Engineer

Posted: December 20, 2018

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The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute seeks a lead Senior System Engineer to work in a new area of human brain imaging that employs new sensing methodologies (optically pumped magnetometry) and requires the integration of sensing methodologies with computational modeling and other imaging modalities. A demonstrated capacity to engineer working solutions to signal detection problems is necessary and candidates with appropriate experience along these lines should be able to provide evidence of prior work.

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Postdoctoral Associate

Posted: November 13, 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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Postdoctoral Associate

Posted: November 08, 2018

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Postdoctoral Associate at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Mikhail Koffarnus, Ph.D. at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is seeking a full-time postdoctoral associate to primarily work on a new NIAAA-funded study using remote alcohol monitoring to facilitate abstinence reinforcement with an underserved population. With this line of work, and in close collaboration with the Carilion Clinic Psychiatry department, we are developing a mobile treatment platform for alcohol use that uses mobile technology to facilitate treatment delivery. Responsibilities related to this project include ensuring that the protocol is executed correctly on a daily basis. Along with the PI, the candidate will be responsible for IRB-related issues, data analyses, manuscript publications, and conference presentations. S/he will also work with the research assistants in a supervisory role on the collection of data, issuing payments, and conducting intake and assessment sessions.
The postdoctoral associate will also be an integral member on a collaborative team broadly focused on research involving the intersection of behavioral economics and addiction processes. The postdoctoral associate will also be given the opportunity and support to develop supplementary studies and will be encouraged to publish and present their research findings.

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Assistant Professor in Virology

Posted: October 30, 2018

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As part of a new university-wide emphasis on Global Systems Science, Virginia Tech is hiring a cluster of at least six faculty members in the area of infectious disease. In connection with this initiative, the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) (http://research.vtc.vt.edu) seeks to recruit a tenure-track faculty member in virology at the rank of Assistant Professor (qualified senior candidates will also be considered). Applicants should have an earned doctorate and a demonstrated track record of research productivity. Those whose programs employ molecular, biochemical, and genetic approaches to investigate mechanisms of viral replication and/or virus-host interactions are particularly encouraged to apply. The new faculty member will join a highly collaborative and successful group of investigators at the VTCRI and will be required to establish and maintain a high-quality, extramurally-funded research program and participate in teaching/mentoring undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. A tenure earning appointment will be made through an appropriate department at Virginia Tech, and a competitive salary, space, and start-up packages will be provided.

The VTCRI 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. Prospective faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of graduate students to work with them in their research program. Specifically, Virginia Tech has over 6,000 graduate students and offers graduate programs in biomedically-related disciplines, including the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Heath Ph.D. program that has Immunity and Infectious Disease and as one of its tracks (http://www.tbmh.vt.edu). Applicants will also enjoy access to unique shared research facilities on the main Virginia Tech campus, located just 40 miles away in Blacksburg, VA.

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HR Generalist

Posted: October 29, 2018

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Guided by our Principles of Community as our core values, Virginia Tech is preparing leaders for the world. We believe that innovation is powered by perspective, collaboration and that teamwork and respect for each other lead to superior results. Our faculty, students and staff serve with humility and advocacy, and we are taking a coordinated approach to growth in the health sciences and technology sector and seek to establish world-class collaborations in selected areas of the biomedical sciences, life sciences, and health sciences’ research.

This position serves as a professional-level Human Resources (HR) team member for the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute at Virginia Tech and the greater Roanoke campus as needed. The HR Generalist will coordinate, coach, and execute HR activities in the functional areas of recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, employee relations, performance management, on-boarding, and compliance areas. HR Generalist will make significant contributions in 3 core areas: 1.) recruitment of diverse faculty and staff talent; 2.) support highly customized data analytics to support strategic decision-making; and 3.) diversity and inclusion initiatives.

HR Generalist will partner with Hiring Managers and Business Leaders to understand their business and talent needs in order to produce effective people and process-based solutions. HR Generalist will collaborate across sourcing, candidate care and diversity strategy, leveraging critical thinking and influencing skills to resolve complex and challenging situations. The candidate will leverage extensive recruiting experience to develop and execute a staffing strategy and sourcing methods to identify high-potential, diverse talent. HR Generalist will develop methods and procedures for compiling and analyzing data for reports and special projects. Also, the incumbent will contribute to our positive and inclusive work community by building trusting partnerships across Virginia Tech and the research institute, and support the implementation of diversity related initiatives.

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Postdoctoral Associate

Posted: September 24, 2018

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A Postdoctoral Associate position is available at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) in the Addiction Recovery Research Center (ARRC), directed by Dr. Warren K. Bickel. The successfully selected candidate will work primarily on NIH funded projects that are providing new information about addiction, health behaviors, and decision-making. Several projects and associated Postdoc responsibilities are focusing on the use of the Experimental Tobacco Marketplace to investigate choice behavior among nicotine users from a behavioral economics framework. Other projects and responsibilities are focusing on the examination of Episodic Future Thinking to improve health in individuals with prediabetes, and, in a separate project, with remotely delivered interventions for those with alcohol use disorder. Moreover, ARRC has ongoing projects to examine the effects of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on cigarette smoking and overeating. The position is well suited for an individual interested in technology applications and behavioral economics in addiction and health behavior. Moreover, this position will be involved in developing pilot research programs in the areas of addiction, decision-making and other human interactions. The selected candidate will be expected to help develop these additional projects.

A Postdoctoral Associate will have responsibilities in the following areas:
1. Research Conceptualization - Coordinating with and assisting the PI in the design of experiment and grant proposal methodology as well as 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.
4. Project Management – Training and supervising research personnel to organize and conduct study sessions.

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Postdoctoral Associate

Posted: September 19, 2018

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Research in the Farris lab at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) focuses on understanding how dendritically localized RNAs are regulated in the brain and how local translation promotes cell-type specific functions underlying learning and memory. In particular, we are currently focused on investigating dendritic RNAs in area CA2 of the hippocampus, a subregion that is resistant to long-term potentiation and cell-death, and is thought to be required for social memory. Given that a number of neurodevelopmental disorders are characterized by disruptions in social processing, investigating the post-transcriptional mechanisms critical to CA2 function and gaining a comprehensive molecular understanding of how social experiences are stored in the brain may lead to novel therapies relevant for individuals with social deficits.

Using a combination of mouse genetics to gain access to specific hippocampal cell-types, deep sequencing technologies to obtain a genome-wide view of transcription and translation, and single molecule imaging techniques to illuminate the processes regulating dendritic RNA in vivo, we hope to provide mechanistic insight on the behaviorally-induced synaptic modifications in CA2 that may be required for encoding social behavior.

A postdoctoral associate will 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. Perform Research -- Independently perform experiments using techniques including mouse behavior, next generation sequencing, high resolution confocal imaging on thick brain sections (expansion microscopy/tissue clearing), slice electrophysiology, and calcium imaging. Note that experience in one or more of these techniques is not required, but desirable.
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.
4. Research Publications – Preparation of text, tables, and graphical information as appropriate for dissemination in peer-reviewed publications, or presentation at professional conferences.
5. Mentor undergraduate students.

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Neuromotor Research Clinic Therapist

Posted: September 19, 2018

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The Neuromotor Research Clinic of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is looking for a Research Associate to participate in clinical and research efforts to advance effective and innovative treatment strategies with children and young adults with neuromotor disabilities. The Research Associate will serve as part of a clinic and research team in the implementation of various intensive therapeutic protocols including but not limited to: the ACQUIRE protocol, PCIMT, and Modified PCIMT. The person’s primary responsibilities will be to implement intensive treatment (therapy) protocols undergoing research investigation. The incumbent will manipulate and analyze data; evaluate the completeness and quality of collected data; interpret results and develop robust conclusions; write research reports, and present research findings. The successful candidate will display the ability to work independently with patients, to identify goals, as well as develop and then implement treatment plans while maintaining a high level of confidentiality and professionalism. Opportunities to be a part of presentations at National Conferences, participate in the training of other professionals, journal publications, and research development will be provided.

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Postdoctoral Associate

Posted: September 06, 2018

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The Sontheimer laboratory at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) in Roanoke Virginia is looking for a motivated postdoctoral associate to support a recently awarded 5-year NCI grant studying the regulation of glutamate transport in malignant brain tumors. The principle research objective is to gain a better understanding of the role of p53 and CD44 on glutamate release from primary brain tumors and the resulting effects on tumor growth and tumor associated epilepsy. The postdoctoral associate will utilize human gliomas derived from patient biopsies and study the expression of the SXC glutamate transporter using a combination of methods including radio tracer pulse-chase assays, Western blot and Q-PCR. Manipulation of cellular signaling cascades is an essential function of the job, particularly the mutation status of p53 will be employed to question how the SXC transporter is regulated. In vivo studies will implant human gliomas with different mutation status of p53 into the mouse brain and study the resulting change in tumor growth and tumor associated seizures. Implantation of gliomas with Tetracycline regulated p53 will allow to turn this gene on and off on demand to ask whether it is functionally regulating glutamate transport.

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Assistant Professor

Posted: August 31, 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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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 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: 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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540-526-2070.