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The following 12 positions are currently accepting applications at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute:

Junior Systems Administrator

Posted: June 22, 2019

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Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Junior Systems Administrator
Virginia Tech

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute is seeking a Jr. Systems Administrator. The incumbent will be part of an IT team whose chief objective is to ensure continuous and secure operations of Fralin Biomedical Research Institute's network, systems and delivered services. He or she will take the lead in implementation of services, data integrity, recoverability and security of the environment. This will include actively participating in day-to-day monitoring 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 engineering – 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 ability 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 system.

Open Rank in Cardiovascular Sciences

Posted: June 18, 2019

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Virginia Tech (https://vt.edu/) is recruiting to fill multiple tenure track open rank faculty positions in cardiovascular sciences. The newly recruited faculty members will be part of a major initiative to expand the existing cardiovascular biomedical research team at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (FBRI) at Virginia Tech Carilion (https://research.vtc.vt.edu/) located on the Health Sciences and Technology campus in Roanoke, Virginia.

The research institute, led by Dr. Michael J. Friedlander and located in a 100,000 SF purpose designed facility is entering its tenth year with over 25 research teams, 350 employees and students with over $125M in extramural research funding. A new 140,000 SF research building representing a $90M investment from the state, Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic and major additional investments from the university including a transformative $50M gift to the research institute, will open in spring of 2020. The new building will house state of the art labs and core facilities including those for in vitro, laboratory animal model, human subject and computational based research programs - high field (9.4T) MRI, micro PET, surgical research suites, metabolic chambers, scanning block face EM, full molecular biology, cellular imaging, histology, data analytics and research participant monitoring core facilities. Recruitment of outstanding faculty in cardiovascular sciences will build on existing research strengths in cardiomyocyte coupling, drug development, sudden cardiac death, arrhythmogenesis and vascular remodeling and regulation. Faculty will be embedded in a transdisciplinary research environment that will include additional new teams of investigators focused on metabolism and obesity, infectious disease/immunology, neuroscience and body-device interfaces and comparative oncology.

Applicants for all positions should have an earned doctorate (PhD, MD, DVM or combined degrees), postdoctoral research experience in cardiovascular science, a demonstrated record of accomplishment of substantial research productivity through major publications and either active major extramural funding (preferably from NIH) or strong evidence of the likelihood of obtaining such funding in the near term. The new faculty will join the FRBRI’s highly successful and nationally regarded Center for Heart and Reparative Medicine Research (CHRMR) led by Dr. Robert Gourdie (https://research.vtc.vt.edu/heart_center/). Collaborations will be encouraged within CHRMR, with the other groups at the FBRI and across Virginia Tech and with clinical colleagues at the adjacent Carilion Clinic, including the division of cardiology under the direction of Dr. David Sane.

Successful candidates will be expected to establish and maintain a high-quality, extramurally-funded research program and participate in teaching and mentoring of graduate students as well as mentoring of undergraduate and medical students. Highly competitive salary, space, and start-up packages will be provided.

Faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of students to work with them in their research program. Specifically, Virginia Tech has over 6,000 graduate students with graduate programs in multiple biomedical disciplines including Translational Biology, Medicine, and Heath (http://www.tbmh.vt.edu), Molecular and Cellular Biology (https://www.mcb.vt.edu), Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (https://beam.vt.edu/graduate.html) and Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (https://www.vetmed.vt.edu/academics/bmvs/). In addition, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (https://medicine.vtc.vt.edu/) is one of the nation’s most research intensive allopathic medical schools where every medical student carries out a four year hypothesis-driven research project under faculty mentorship.

The FBRI at VTC is located in Roanoke, Virginia and is a 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 is located in the picturesque Roanoke Valley midway between Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC.

Research Assistant

Posted: June 06, 2019

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Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Research Assistant, Neurosurgery
Virginia Tech

The laboratory of Sandeep Mittal, MD at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute is seeking a Research Assistant. The lab is showing how cancer cells grow uncontrollably, and they evade even the most aggressive treatments. Researchers at the institute are beginning to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the genetic and environmental factors that encourage cancer growth, as well as how cancer multiplies and migrates throughout the body. With this new knowledge, researchers are developing methods to make cancer cells more vulnerable to existing treatments, as well as innovating completely new treatments in efforts to stop cancer and prevent it from recurring. We are looking for an experienced Research Assistant to perform the following tasks:

- The candidate will perform laboratory tests to including cell counts, microscopic examinations and chemical analyses.
- They will maintain records with experimental findings in accordance with departmental/research standards.
- The candidate will report abnormal or critical results to the appropriate personnel and notifies department supervisor of issues.
- They will participate in training of students and resident physicians in basic research laboratory procedures.
- The candidate will need to generate reports of data, contributing to transcripts and grant applications. All aspects of this position requires the maintenance of highly detailed records, for the tissue bank and experiments.
- Assists in transport of research specimens between facilities.
- They will also perform procedures with research animals in compliance with IACUC protocols as well as maintain competency in all areas of responsibility, in part by reviewing new and revised procedures and policies.
- The candidate will work with members of the research team who will utilize laboratory resources. They will need to adhere to FBRI policies and procedures.

Postdoctoral Associate

Posted: June 03, 2019

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Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Postdoctoral Associate, Neurosurgery
Virginia Tech

The laboratory of Sandeep Mittal, MD at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate. The lab is showing how cancer cells grow uncontrollably, and they evade even the most aggressive treatments. Researchers at the institute are beginning to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the genetic and environmental factors that encourage cancer growth, as well as how cancer multiplies and migrates throughout the body. With this new knowledge, researchers are developing methods to make cancer cells more vulnerable to existing treatments, as well as innovating completely new treatments in efforts to stop cancer and prevent it from recurring. The candidate we are looking to fill the position should exude the following:
- The researcher will work on brain tumor related project with emphases on identifying novel resistance pathways and therapeutic targets with particular attention to tumor-microenvironment interactions.
- The candidate will work on primary and metastatic brain tumor cell lines and xenograft mouse models. The main focus of the lab is on brain tumor biology and tumor related epilepsy.
- They will help train staff and students in basic and advanced laboratory techniques. The candidate will assist in transport of research specimens between facilities.
- The candidate will perform procedures with research animals in compliance with IACUC protocols. They will conduct research experiments and assure the validity and reliability of all collected data.
- In consultation with other Research Scientists, the incumbent will monitor the operation of complex technical procedures and equipment. The candidate will assist in design and/or modification of experimental and routine research according to the needs of the department.
- The candidate will maintain competency in all areas of responsibility, in part by reviewing new and revised procedures and policies. They will work with members of the research team who will utilize laboratory resources as well as adheres to policies and procedures of Neurosurgery and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.
- The researcher is expected to participate in grant and manuscript writing.
- The Postdoctoral Associate will be expected to design and evaluate experiments, develop new ideas that promote current research, prepare and publish scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. The successfully selected candidate may be responsible for operation of scientific equipment, as well as teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff and students. The individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to complete and publish research projects.

The Postdoctoral Associate is an integral part of the multidisciplinary research team. Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career.

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).

Assistant Professor in Human Neuroimaging

Posted: May 21, 2019

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We seek a motivated individual to be part of a next generation effort in human neuroscience organized around next generation neuroimaging, neuro-modeling, and human neuroscience. We are particularly interested in applicants with an interest in applying their approaches or developing new ones in the area of Computational Psychiatry. In this area, we seek applications for a tenure track assistant professor faculty position from candidates who use quantitative approaches to understanding mental disease and we also encourage applications in the area of invasive computational psychiatry. While there are no restrictions on the training trajectory of the successful applicant, it is paramount that they demonstrate through their publication history a capacity for transdisciplinary work. The successful applicant will be expected to interact with the existing group of investigators already in place in the Center for Human Neuroscience Research and the Computational Psychiatry Unit (http://labs.vtc.vt.edu/cpu/). The Center for Human Neuroscience Research is an extremely well-equipped unit of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion (https://research.vtc.vt.edu). The Center has three state-of-the-art 3T fMRI machines dedicated to research, a large server farm dedicated to neuroscience research, a state-of-the art magnetically shielded room for use with room-temperature magnetometry approaches to brain imagining, and close relationship with centers focused on health behaviors and the decision-making that underlies health behaviors.

Scientific Programmer and Imaging Engineer

Posted: April 16, 2019

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The Human Neuroimaging Laboratory in the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC seeks a motivated individual as a scientific programmer for the purpose of developing models and code around atomic magnetometry approaches to brain imaging and modern statistical inference approaches to sensor function.

The successful candidate should have experience with modern programming tools and possess familiarity or expertise with neural network approaches to pattern recognition. This person will develop and maintain various utility scripts pertaining to experiment tasks and datasets. The successful candidate will provide technical leadership for systems and processes by developing innovative and creative solutions to complex challenges with the goal of advancing the field of data ingestion, storage, retrieval, transformation and analysis in support of biomedical research. Furthermore, this position will be responsible for the development of sensing capabilities not currently in existence.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

More Information

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