The Department of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN is excited to offer a full-time, postdoctoral fellowship in the areas of experimental particle therapy, FLASH ultra-high-dose-rate radiotherapy, and proton microbeam therapy. The research team seeks to improve outcomes for patients with brain cancer and to reduce neurotoxic side effects of radiotherapy.
The ideal candidate will work in the radiation oncology laboratory, occasionally travel to conduct translational experiments using high-energy protons, ions, or x rays, assist with animal studies, supervise students and technical assistants, plan and lead the experimental activity with the PI, write scientific manuscripts, and receive training on writing research grants.
Qualifications: Candidates with expertise and interest in experimental particle therapy, animal and in vitro radiobiologic studies, computational modeling of radiation toxicities in brain, neuroinflammatory changes after radiotherapy, developmental/cognitive impairment after radiotherapy, and/or neurobiology are encouraged to apply. A PhD in Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Medical Physics, Biophysics, Biology, or a closely related field is required. Candidates with biology-based backgrounds should demonstrate experience with experimental radiotherapy and/or rodent neuroscience work, including CNS histology and behavioral studies. Candidates with physics-based backgrounds should demonstrate an interest and cross-disciplinary training in radiation biology, preclinical radiation experiments, and/or neuroscience experiments.
The planned tasks involve: experimental dosimetry preparations and partial-brain irradiations of rodents using experimental radiotherapies, histologic and microscopic studies of CNS after irradiation, MRI studies to assess CNS vascular damage after irradiation, behavioral testing, assessment of neuron function after irradiation, computational and statistical analysis of histologic data, computational modeling of biologic processes related to radiation-induced neurodegeneration, and rodent brain-tumor survival studies after therapy.
The position is limited for 2 years. For further information, please submit your CV and letter of interest to Dr. John Eley using the application link provided on this webpage.
About Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Discover your place at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our healthcare advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical adva...nces across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As the largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiply in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.We are Vanderbilt. Join Us.VANDERBILT'S HOMETOWN of Nashville is a vibrant, engaging city known proudly as "Music City, U.S.A."Located a little more than a mile from downtown, the university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. From serving as home to the nation’s largest Kurdish population to being named America’s friendliest city for three years in a row, Nashville is a metropolitan place that proudly exudes all of the charm and hospitality one expects from a Southern capital.The city was settled in 1779 and permanently became state capital in 1843. The city proper is 533 square miles with a population of nearly 655,000. The Metropolitan Statistical Area encompasses eight counties — Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson — and has a population of 1.6 million.Nashville typically enjoys a mild and pleasant climate with only a few days of the year having either very hot or very cold conditions. Most of the city's rain is confined to the spring months, but a shower throughout the year is not unusual. Fall is a celebrated time throughout Tennessee. Visitors come from all over to see the annual changing of the leaves in mid-October. Nashville really shines throughout the winter. Although the climate is mild, winter temperatures do range from cool to cold. If a snowfall occurs, it is usually in January or February, and is seldom heavy.Major industries include tourism, printing and publishing, technology manufacturing, music production, higher education, finance, insurance, automobile production and health care management. Nashville has been named one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family by Fortune magazine, was ranked as the number one most popular U.S. city for corporate relocations by Expansion Management magazine, and was named by Forbes magazine as one of the 25 cities most likely to have the country's highest job growth over the coming five years.
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