The Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow for a 2-year mentored research training opportunity supported by the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. The position will focus on molecular imaging, radiochemistry, and development of novel automated manufacturing techniques.
Radiology & Radiological Sciences
The Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow for a 2-year mentored research training opportunity supported by the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. The position will focus on molecular imaging, radiochemistry, and development of novel automated manufacturing techniques. This is an exciting career opportunity to join a leading molecular imaging translational effort at Vanderbilt with all of the basic, translational, and clinical resources under the direction of Dr. Adam Rosenberg. The successful candidate will participate in collaborative research with scientists and physicians in fields such as oncology, neuroscience, and immunology.
Dr. Rosenberg research program is primarily focused on the development and use of automated synthesis platforms for the manufacture of optical and radiological probes to support both pre-clinical and clinical research, with a strong emphasis on cGMP regulatory requirements. We aim to develop improved manufacturing techniques. Molecular probes of interest include optically labeled antibodies, radiolabeled small molecules, and radiolabeled biologics. These agents may undergo clinical trials, including first-in-human through A/NDA enabling studies.
Duties & Responsibilities: • Develop both improved and novel manufacturing techniques for molecular imaging agents. • Record, maintain, and interpret analytical data. • Co-author and publish research publications. • Work collaboratively with others in the team and with outside collaborators (including industrial collaborators).
Desired Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related discipline. Synthetic organic chemistry or antibody chemistry experience is highly desired along with knowledge of related analytical techniques including HPLC, TLC, GC, and safe handling of chemicals and chemical waste. Familiarity with techniques including molecular imaging (PET or SPECT) and radiochemistry is desirable but not required. Candidate must have excellent communication skills and will be expected to interact daily with students, postdocs, staff, and faculty; as well as be able to report results in written and oral communications.
Research Environment: VUIIS offers superb facilities with state-of-the-art automated modules, analytical equipment, PET & SPECT scanners, GE cyclotron, and a strong commitment to molecular imaging.
Surrounding Environment: The Vanderbilt School of Medicine’s biomedical research program is among the nation’s top 20 in terms of National Institutes of Health funding, receiving more than $700 million in public and private awards in 2020, including over 500 NIH awards totaling over $350 million. VUMC has over 2700 full-time faculty and is ranked among the top medical schools for research in the United States (#13 in 2022). Vanderbilt’s commitment to postdocs and early career trainees is award-winning. Key resources include the Office of Biomedical Research & Training (BRET), NIH- K and R01 workshops through theEdgeForScholars.orgprogram, and alliance with HBCU Meharry Medical College. Finally, Vanderbilt is located in Nashville, TN; Nashville has been named America’s friendliest city multiple years in a row, is one of the 15 best cities for work and family (Fortune magazine), and is among 25 cities most likely to have the country's highest job growth over the coming five years (Forbes magazine).https://www.vumc.org/diversity/about-nashville
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is committed to the acceptance of a diverse group of trainees that is populated with trainees of all races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientation, disabilities, all places of geographic origin and the full spectrum of socio-economic status.
Please send a CV, summary of research interests, and contact information for at least 2 references to Adam Rosenberg, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org).