Post-Doctorial Scientist

Washington, DC
Mar 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

Education and research to advance image analysis methods is an important mission of the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science. Faculty and students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) work together to explore solutions, especially including those that are image- based, to a number of pressing challenges, such as: improving cancer detection rates; developing medical diagnostic devices for timelier, personalized healthcare; and improving surgical outcomes. While not immediately applicable to those topics, a current project will develop image analysis tools and methods to analyze samples of glass. In addition to that principal application, those methods will then have subsidiary relevance and applicability to optical imaging of tissue and to simplified decision trees for diagnosis.

BME is seeking a Post-Doctoral Scientist to help with a research project to develop, apply, and simplify a set of imaging methods to characterize glass and its degradative processes.

Under supervision of the Principal Investigator, but acting with a high degree of independence, the incumbent will have duties that include:

Assists with a wide range of scientific analyses related to the project, including but not limited to: X-ray fluorescence (portable and scanning), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and other microscopy techniques, various spectral, confocal and other imaging modalities, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), multiphoton confocal microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and 3D fluorescence spectroscopy.

Collects and organizes information to support research for this project: executing surveys and preparing data for reports related to the research, including, but not limited to: the assessment and characterization of glass; collection and assessment of environmental and aging data; materials degradative processes and the assessment of effective conservation protocols, and preventive conservation measures.
Organizes research reports and studies to identify, evaluate, and implement preservation practices. Assists project members to provide service and information to relevant audiences, including
consultants, conservators, curators, scientists, and the public; delegates activities, including presentations, meetings, reports, and publications as required.

Performing other project-related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Require’s a PhD in the field or in a related area.

Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

Doctoral degree in physics, materials science, chemistry or a related science background, and extensive experience working in a scientific laboratory and conducting research.

It would be preferred if the scientist has previous experience with imaging modalities and experience interpreting and linking scientific datasets (statistics and data analysis).

A background in cultural heritage science would be preferred, but is not required.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Laboratory Research Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 3 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: RP000264 Job Open Date: 03/10/2017 Job Close Date: 06/01/2017 If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. Although experience with cultural heritage activities is not required, if you have had any, please describe
    (Open Ended Question)
  2. Do you have a doctoral degree in physics, materials science, chemistry or a related science background?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. Do you have extensive experience working in a scientific laboratory and conducting research.
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Recommendation 1
  4. Letter of Recommendation 2
  5. Transcript
Optional Documents


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