Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Position Summary

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan State University is seeking a post-doctoral Research Associate in the Purcell Lab.  The lab focuses on developing new approaches to investigate the biological mechanisms of suboptimal performance of electrode arrays implanted in the brain.

Specifically the successful applicant will be expected to:
1-Substantially contribute to an ongoing project to assess the impacts of synaptic plasticity and neurotransmitter release on the performance of implanted electrode arrays in the brain. Experimental work will include rodent surgery, microscopy, immunohistochemistry, electrophysiology, and genetic engineering techniques.
2-Present findings at national conferences and publish work in peer-reviewed journals.
3-Support and advise graduate and undergraduate students assigned to the project.

This position is a 12 month fixed term appointment.  Renewal of position is based on funding and performance.

Application review will begin September 4, 2018.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Biomedical Engineering or related field

Minimum Requirements

PhD or equivalent degree in Biomedical Engineering or related field

Desired Qualifications

Background in imaging, electrophysiology, synaptic physiology, and/or neural engineering is desired.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a cover letter, CV and three names and contact information of references.

Special Instructions

For more information, please contact Dr. Erin Purcell at [email protected] or visit

Review of applications will begin on September 4, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

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Summary of Health Risks

-Exposure to human blood, serum, tissue, and other body fluids; and materials covered under Universal Precautions.

-Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.


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Posted: 8/8/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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