Postdoctoral Scientist - Laser/Photonic/Optical Engineering - Department of Neurosurgery
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Location: Los Angeles, California
Internal Number: HRC0666968A
Your expertise and passion for Research can shape today's discoveries into tomorrow's medicine!
Are you ready to take your career on this journey with us?
Our goal is to improve the health status and wellness of our community. Cedars-Sinai is one of the leading institutes for competitive research funding from the National Institutes of Health. As an international leader in biomedical research, we translate discoveries into successful treatments with global impact.
Principal Investigator, Pramod Butte, PhD, is looking for a Postdoctoral Scientist to join the team!
The primary focus of the Butte Laboratory is translational research in the field of biophotonics. The Butte Lab is developing novel intraoperative imaging/visualization technologies to aid surgeons in achieving near-complete tumor excision. The Lab is working on two technologies to accomplish this goal: first, exploring the technique of time-resolved laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy (TR-LIFS) for delineation of primary brain tumors in near real-time and, second, developing a novel near-infrared (NIR) imaging system for visualizing tumors tagged with a unique marker, which is used to make them glow during surgery.
Working independently but in close cooperation and in consultation with the Principal Investigator and other Research Scientists, you will perform routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period. May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols. Analyzes and interprets data. Participates in publications and presentations as author or co-author. In this position, you will not be responsible for generating grant funds.
Working in an engineering capacity as a Postdoctoral Scientist Fellow, you will be involved in the design, development and implementation of cutting-edge medical imaging systems. This position will provide a unique opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team involving optical engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, biomedical engineers as well as surgeons, pathologists, and other medical personnel. As a Postdoctoral Scientist, you will be involved in the development and possible commercialization of medical device technology. Interest in experiencing a start-up environment with an entrepreneurial spirit is desired. The position will provide experience as a part of a highly focused team on a broad array of technologies. In addition, the position will also offer experience with other technicians, with clinical trials, collecting clinical data, and following clinical protocols.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
May assist in preparation of grant proposals but is not responsible for generating grant funds
May participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author
Designs and performs experiments
Responsible for keeping appropriate experimental records and documentation and analyze the results with the Principal Investigator
May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols
Analyzes, interprets, summarizes and compiles data
Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period
Operates and maintains equipment and instruments
Department-Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Design, develop, and maintain cutting-edge laser-based optical signal processing, rf-photonic, and spectroscopy imaging systems
Experimentally characterize temporal and spectral signal chain parameters of optical and electrical components and systems using standard and advanced test and measurement equipment
Determine appropriate signal and noise budgets throughout the optical and electrical signal chains
Develop and perform data analysis approaches and scripts
Refine the design and implement hardware and software modifications of the current instrument
Experimentally verify improved system performance upon redesign
Design, develop, implement, and test next generation imaging systems
Support transfer of algorithms, technology, results to third parrty contract manufacturers and regulatory personnel
Maintain and organize the laboratory, which includes regulatory and safety compliance, cleanliness, and tidiness
Assist in collecting experimental data using Time resolved fluorescence system in OR or in the lab
Maintain and manage the record of all experimental work
Manage experimental data generated in the lab and during the clinical trial
Ensure proper compliance with IRB protocols and clinical trial procedures
Assist in the laboratory with procedures such as soldering, machining, etc.
Analyze data and execute programs for data analyses (in depth programing skills not required but is a plus)
Ensure surgical equipment/devices are setup before the procedure and meet sterility and safety guidelines/policies
Manages lab equipment to ensure proper working order requesting internal/external maintenance, if required
Manages lab supply inventory, including obtaining quotes and ordering supplies
Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD, or DDS) in Engineering or in area directly related to field of research specialization, required.
Expertise in instrumentation, data analysis, and signal processing is a plus
Additional experience in tissue optics, fiber and free space optics, image processing, will be considered as a strong point
Ability to program in MATLAB, Python, C++ is strongly desired
Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research projects and objectives during one to five (1-5) year post-doctoral appointment
Works independently on research projects designed by a mentor (typically the PI) within area of specialization
Demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including detailed data collection, and analysis, and operation and maintenance of specialized equipment
Knowledge of safety standards and maintenance of specialized equipment
Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint)
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Knowledge of budgetary requirements and policies
Working Title: Postdoctoral Scientist - Laser/Photonic/Optical Engineering - Department of Neurosurgery
Providing healthcare for more than 100 years, Cedars-Sinai has evolved into one of the most dynamic and highly renowned medical centers in the world. Along with caring for patients, Cedars-Sinai is a hub for biomedical research and a training center for future physicians and other healthcare professionals. This attracts exceptional talent to Cedars-Sinai, including world-renowned physician-scientists who seek a place where they can both conduct research and see patients--the ideal formula for discovery and its translation into cures. Our patients benefit from access to doctors at the top of their fields, and our researchers have an ideal community in which to study the impact of healthcare challenges, and reflect that knowledge in their research. The greater Los Angeles area in which Cedars-Sinai resides possesses unparalleled cultural and ethnic diversity which offers outstanding opportunities for translational and clinical research and a dynamic environment for medical education.Although community based, Cedars-Sinai is a major t...eaching hospital affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Cedars-Sinai has highly competitive graduate medical education programs in more than 50 specialty and subspecialty areas, a graduate program in biomedical sciences and translational medicine, a clinical scholars program directed towards junior physicians with aspirations to become clinical scientists, and post graduate training opportunities.There are more than 250 full-time faculty members at Cedars-Sinai. The voluntary medical staff, comprised of more than 2,200 specialty board-certified or board-qualified physicians, represent all of the specialties and subspecialties and collaborate with full-time medical staff in the teaching responsibilities of the graduate medical education programs.