Professional development/research opportunities for surgery residents interested in academic careers are available in the laboratory of Dr. Melina Kibbe starting July 2021. Dr. Kibbe's laboratory pursues basic science and translational research in the fields of vascular biology, biomedical engineering, materials science, nanotechnology, and device development, among others. Located in the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Kibbe Lab consists of a multidisciplinary group where scientists and physicians work together to achieve a common goal.
We are looking for extremely talented and highly motivated surgery residents to work on the development, characterization, and evaluation of novel drug-eluting therapies for patients with vascular disease and/or hemorrhage. Specifically, the research involves the fields of nanomedicine, biomaterials, polymer chemistry, and vascular biology. The Kibbe Lab collaborates with investigators from numerous other labs to develop and test these therapies.
This work will involve designing studies, conducting in vitro and in vivo experiments, and analyzing and interpreting results from these experiments. Selected candidates will be responsible for the presentation of data at local, regional, and national meetings; preparation and submission of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals; preparation and submission of grant applications; and engagement in the teaching and mentorship of undergraduate and medical students working in the laboratory.
Candidates will be expected to commit to a two-year postdoctoral research experience, with the option to extend the research time to a third year if mutually desired. It is preferred that surgery residents should have categorical positions at their home institutions that they can return to once the postdoctoral research fellowship is complete. The surgery resident does not need to be interested in a career in vascular surgery; rather, the surgery resident must be interested in pursuing an academic surgical career that can be in a variety of specialties.
Education and Experience:
Surgery resident in an ACGME-approved program is preferred. Prior research experience in animal surgery, tissue harvesting, tissue sectioning, fluorescent microscopy, and standard laboratory techniques (UV-vis spectroscopy, ELISA, western blotting) is desirable, but not required.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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