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Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Biomechanics

The Nguyen Lab (nguyenlab.wse.jhu.edu) and the Glaucoma Center of Excellence invite applications for a postdoctoral position in the area of experimental biomechanics to investigate the mechanisms of tissue remodeling and axonal injury in the optic nerve head of mouse models of glaucoma. The optic nerve head in mouse models consists of a mesh-like network of astrocytes, called the astrocytic lamina,  that structurally and physiologically support the axons of the retinal ganglion cells as they exit the eye.  The postdoctoral scholar will be involved in a funded project aimed at investigating the remodeling mechanisms of the astrocytic lamina and the effects of various chemical and pharmacological treatments on remodeling and axonal damage.  The project is highly interdisciplinary and involves long-standing collaborations between the Nguyen Lab and clinician scientists at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  The postdoctoral scholar will also have opportunities develop an independent project on an area of mutual interest. An initial appointment will be for a 12-month period with future renewals contingent on performance. Salary will be based on the NIH pay scale for postdocs. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is negotiable, but spring 2022 is preferrable. 


The candidate is required to have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, or a related field.  The successful candidate must have experience in developing and conducting mechanical experiments on soft tissues.  Experience with mouse surgery, digital image correlation or digital volume correlation, and confocal and multiphoton microscopy are desirable. All candidates should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, a strong publication record, and the ability and motivation to work independently. Researchers are expected to participate in the preparation of manuscripts, grants, and presentations.

To apply, please email a complete curriculum vitae, representative publications, and the names and addresses of two references to [email protected]. Please put “postdoctoral position in experimental biomechanics” in the subject line of the email.