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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS / RESEARCH ASSISTANTS IN RADIOBIOLOGY / NANOTECHNOLOGY FOR MEDICAL PHYSICS RESEARCH
(Radiobiologist, radiopharmacologist, or bioengineer with nanoparticle or GNP experience)

Applicants are invited for a Postdoctoral Research position at Oklahoma State University. The OSU Medical Physics Laboratory has opened a new Radiobiology Laboratory Division with a staff biologist and a new Radiochemistry/Nanoparticle Laboratory Division with a nanotechnology expert. We are seeking an additional candidate in the field of radiation / cancer biology with (gold) nanoparticle experience. The selected candidate will work as a (radio)biologist / (radio)pharmacologist / biomedical engineer with on-site medical physics, radiobiology and nanotechnology researchers and off-site radiochemistry / medical cyclotron / nanoparticle synthesis collaborators. Independent laboratory skills are desired.Chemistry skills such as nanoparticle synthesis and biocompatible gel synthesis are highly valued and experience creating institutional animal experiment protocol is a plus. Our group uses cell and mouse models to investigate bioconjugated gold and other nanoparticles as radiotherapy (X-ray, brachy- and proton therapy) sensitizers. Using mouse/rat microPET/microSPECT models, we also investigate novel hybrid nanoparticles as PET tracers and molecular imaging probes for image-guided therapy.

The position offers the starting salary of $36,000 - $40,000 and this is renewable annually per mutual agreement. Medical insurance and other benefits are provided. Stillwater, Oklahoma is family oriented, one of the safest and affordable cities to live and enjoy life. Interested applicants, please email a cover letter and CV with contact information for 3 references. Applications are received year-round and a new position is offered when funding becomes available. The selected candidate will participate in the following projects; using novel PET/SPECT/Cerenkov/Fluorescence - imaged hybrid nanoparticles and 145Sm brachy-seeds that we are developing. 

  1. PET/SPECT/Cerenkov/Fluorescence image-guided drug delivery and radiotherapy.

  2. In vitro and in vivo toxicity study of radioactive nanoparticle.

  3. In vivo (mouse/rat) microPET/CT imaging study.

  4. RBE (relative biological effectiveness) of proton therapy.

  5. RBE of 145Sm (Samarium-145) Brachytherapy.

  6. Biocompatible hydrogel synthesis

Medical physicists with radiobiology and nanotechnology experience also will be considered. For interested individuals, please contact the Medical Physics Program Director.

 

The applicants with the following skillsets (part or all) are highly desired.

  1. Cell culture and experiments with mice/rats with tumors.

  2. Metallic nanoparticle synthesis and biocompatible hydrogel synthesis.

  3. Institutional animal experiment protocol.

  4. Nanoparticle PEGylating, conjugating and tumor-specific targeting.

  5. Procuring and purchasing necessary medical equipment.

  6. Hot cell operation and radiopharmaceutical synthesis.

Student openings

Internship and summer studentship:

OSU Medical Physics Laboratory welcomes enthusiastic undergraduate and graduate students who want to experience medical physics research. Research internship and summer studentship are available throughout the year and students get to participate in and contribute to various research activities performed in our laboratories. For interested individuals, please contact the Medical Physics Program Director.

M.S and Ph.D. studentship:

OSU Medical Physics Laboratory offers studentship to enthusiastic students who are interested in making ground breaking research as part of their M.S. or Ph.D. requirements in our CAMPEP accredited medical physics graduate program.

The following knowledge/experience is desired but not a must. Your enthusiasm of learning some of them may be sufficient.

  1. Proton therapy or heavy ion therapy

  2. Nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET) or single photon emission conputed tomography (SPECT)

  3. Optical imaging - Cerenkov or fluorescense imaging
  4. Brachytherapy and other X-ray radiation therapy

  5. Gold nanoparticles and other novel nanoparticles

  6. Basic chemistry skills especially biocompatible gel synthesis

  7. Biology laboratory skills using cells and small animals

  8. Monte Carlo simulations, Matlab, Linux, and basic programming skills

  9. Gamma detector instrumentation, DAQ, FPGA, and LabView programming

Interested individuals please apply to our CAMPEP accredited medical physics program. Applications are accepted once a year at the beginning of each year for the fall semester. Besides the research training in our laboratory, we offer didactic teaching and clinical rotation through our CAMPEP accredited medical physics program. Most students (if not all) are paid through Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship during the normal period of their degrees (2 years for M.S. and 4 years for Ph.D. students) and the tuition is waived during this period. Upon graduation, most of our graduates (both M.S. and Ph.D.) are employed by various cancer hospitals in order to serve cancer patients as licensed medical professionals (medical physicists/residents) or as cancer researchers (professors/post-doctoral fellows).