A postdoctoral researcher position will open at the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), a Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital, in the Department of Cardiac Surgery. BCH is a cardiac clinical and research department located at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. The mission of BCH’s Department of Cardiac Surgery is dedicated exclusively to patients with congenital heart disease and other rare heart conditions. For more information go to:
The postdoctoral fellowship is for research on a novel imaging technique for use during congenital cardiac surgery. The imaging technique uses a handheld fiberoptic confocal imaging probe to identify the cellular structure of different tissue within the heart. The research project will be funded by the National Institutes of Health. Studies will be supervised by Dr. AK Kaza at BCH in close collaboration with Drs. Frank Sachse and Robert Hitchcock at the University of Utah.
The position is initially for 1 year and may be extended. BCH offers a competitive package for salary and benefits.
Candidates will be evaluated on research ability and required expertise. The ideal candidate should have a MD, PhD or equivalent doctorate preferably with experience in cardiac experimental research, in particular, on microstructure, electrophysiology and confocal imaging of cardiomyocytes. Candidates must be self-motivated and independent thinkers with excellent communication and writing skills. The successful candidate is expected to apply state-of-the-art microscopic imaging of tissues and cells to identify different tissue types during cardiac surgery. Of particular emphasis in this project will be the integration of the specialized imaging equipment into the OR and refining the techniques to be used during pediatric open heart surgery. The ideal candidate will also have experience with surgical procedures in the research laboratory.