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POST DATE 9/8/2016
END DATE 2/1/2017

Trustees of Dartmouth College Hanover, NH

Hanover, NH
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Doctoral Degree




Multiple funded postdoctoral positions are available immediately in the Optics in Medicine lab at Dartmouth College under the supervision of Dr. Scott Davis in the Thayer School of Engineering. This is an excellent opportunity for candidates on the path to independence in the fields of molecular imaging and biomedical engineering. Successful candidates will be part of an active, dynamic research community with opportunities to conduct independent research, publish extensively, and receive mentorship in preparing their own grant proposals; foundational skills for an academic or commercial career in research.

Current research programs focus on:

* Fluorescence guided surgery: Develop and validate in the clinic new imaging strategies to guide surgical resection of tumor tissue.

* Multi-modal imaging for non-invasive quantification of tumor biomarkers: Advance multi-agent MRI-coupled fluorescence tomography to examine drug activity in vivo.

* Multi-receptor profiling: Develop strategies for imaging tumor-specific panels of multiple targets simultaneously using kinetic modelling of probe uptake and binding activity.

* Drug bio-distribution validation: Develop novel instruments to establish ground truth of drug bio-distribution in research animals and clinical specimens.

* Point-of-care diagnostic tools: Develop and test in the clinic point of care tools for tissue diagnosis and therapy guidance.

* Software development: The lab maintains and manages further development of NIRFAST (, an open source software package for multi-modal optical tomography.

The laboratory is located in the recently-opened Williamson Translational Research Building (WTRB) and the Advanced Imaging Center, both located in the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. The lab s location in the hospital facilitates regular interactions with the Geisel School of Medicine and clinical collaborators.


* A primary responsibility for the open positions is developing and testing novel instruments and imaging strategies for quantitative clinical and preclinical molecular imaging, both in vivo and ex vivo. Experience designing and working with new instruments is very important. Candidates with more tumor biology expertise will also be considered.

* Ability to design and conduct experiments independently.

* Ability to interpret results, problem solve and adjust strategy.

* Excellent oral and written communication skills are critical.

* Project-specific knowledge/skills (not all categories required for each candidate): Instrument development, molecular imaging and contrast agents, optical instrumentation (lasers, fiber optics, optical filtering, opto-mechanical controls), pharmacokinetic modeling, light transport and optical spectroscopy of tissue, image reconstruction, and medical imaging.

* Experience with tumor models in animals and knowledge of tumor biology is highly beneficial.

* Comprehensive knowledge of research methods, procedures, and techniques.

* Exceptional organizational and management skills to plan and organize the research approach and project parameters.

* Expertise in MATLAB and LABVIEW, or mastery of other programming languages, is critical.


* RA-B: Four years of relevant research experience.

* Highly motivated and independent.

* Extensive laboratory experience, with a focus on molecular imaging, biomedical optics, and/or tumor models.

* Strong publication history.


PhD in biomedical engineering, biological sciences, physics or other relevant discipline.

Not an SEIU Position


Regular Full Time

Professor Scott Davis


Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.


This position is funded by a grant. Continuation is based upon available funds.

This position is a 12- 36 months term position.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.



Note: Continuing employment is based on availability of grant funds

* Works closely with the PI to establish project goals, design experiments, and interpret results.

* Interacts with collaborators from different departments and institutions on a regular basis.

* Serves as major contributing member of the research team, participating in the development of research hypotheses and planning the project parameters and scope.

* Authors and co-authors research findings and presents at national conferences.

* Mentors junior members of the research group.

* Conducts instrument design, construction, testing and validation.

* Independently conducts research of aspects of multiple projects or runs the research laboratory while engaged in academic/intellectual endeavors.

* Responsible for establishing and maintaining experimental schedules and deadlines.

* May find/obtain funding for research projects and writes grant proposals and applications.

Performs other duties as assigned.