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Research Associate in Ultrasound-mediated Drug/Gene & bioeffects
University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Date Posted 12/13/2019
Postdoctoral-Researcher Other
Salary -  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Ultrasound-mediated Drug and Gene Delivery Research and Ultrasound Bioeffects


Center for Ultrasound Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


Position Description:

A highly motivated candidate with strong experimental experience in the areas of biophysics, biomedical engineering, biomedical ultrasound, or pharmaceutical science is sought for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Center for Ultrasound Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. The candidate will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Flordeliza S. Villanueva, MD, Director of the Center.  A major project focus involves the application of ultrasound and ultrasound contrast agents for gene and drug delivery in cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.  There will be an opportunity to investigate various mechanisms of ultrasound mediated therapy, including effects of ultrasound on endothelial permeability in various tissue beds such as the blood brain barrier.  The successful candidate is expected to work independently and collaboratively with the members of the Center, including faculty of different backgrounds, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and technicians.


The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in biophysics, biomedical engineering, biomedical ultrasound, or pharmaceutical science, or have equivalent experience in related fields.  Applicants must have significant background and experience with confocal live cell imaging, endothelial biology, and cell culture.  Experience in biomedical ultrasound and with ultrasound contrast agents, although not mandatory, would be an advantage.  Candidates must also demonstrate scientific communication skills and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Dr. Villanueva is fully committed to the professional development of her trainees, and she especially welcomes applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

Application Process:

Dr. Flordeliza S. Villanueva                                                                                                                                                                                Center for Ultrasound Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics                                                                                                                           PUH South Tower E354.4                                                                                                                                                                                     200 Lothrop Street                                                                                                                                                                                               Pittsburgh, PA  15213                                                                                                                                                                                           Phone:  412-647-5840                                                                                                                                                                                           Fax:  412-647-4227                                                                                                                                                                                               Email:                                                                                                                                                                           Website:




About Us:

The Center for Ultrasound Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics is engaged in both basic and translational investigations involving ultrasound contrast agents for imaging and therapy with a broad range of biomedical applications. In particular, the Center emphasizes development of multidisciplinary and novel approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases using principles of ultrasound and acoustically active agents as molecular probes and/or therapeutic delivery agents. The Center houses one of the most advanced ultra-high speed camera systems dedicated for the study of microbubble dynamics and mechanisms of ultrasound and microbubble mediated therapy. More information about the Center is available at

The University of Pittsburgh is an equal opportunity employer.

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