CaRE Lab Seeks Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Regenerative Engineering

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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within the research program of Professor Brandon Tefft, Ph.D., starting in the fall of 2022 in the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. The Fellow will work in the multidisciplinary field of cardiovascular regenerative engineering in a highly translational and team science environment. The Fellow will be responsible for developing a novel strategy to endothelialize tissue engineered vascular grafts. These constructs will be assessed in vitro for mechanical and functional properties and be assessed for biological performance using a large animal model.



This research will provide significant training in developing and assessing cardiovascular regenerative engineering strategies as well as analyzing scientific data and writing scientific reports. The Fellow will also gain significant training and experience to establish an independent biomedical research career.


Primary Functions

  • Develop novel regenerative engineering approaches for cardiovascular tissues, including vascular grafts
  • Perform bench testing of tissue constructs, including mechanical and functional properties
  • Perform large-animal implantation studies to assess the biological performance of tissue constructs
  • Analyze data, write manuscripts, develop posters and presentations, write grants
  • Participate in meetings with principal investigator and research staff in which you will discuss your project and other projects within the laboratory group


The position and research project are fully funded by the National Institutes of Health through December 2026 with possible extension. Salary will be based on NIH scale commensurate with background experience.



The minimum criteria for the position are detailed below:

  • Doctoral Degree in biomedical engineering, bioengineering or related scientific field.
  • Laboratory techniques related to cell culture, biomaterial synthesis, molecular biology, cell biology, tissue analysis, and/or animal models.
  • A strong background in regenerative engineering, cardiovascular physiology, cellular and molecular biology, electrospinning, mechanical testing, animals models, and experimental data analysis. Strong candidates with experience in transcriptomics and CRISPR gene editing will also be considered. 
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Mentorship skills for junior scientists and students.
  • Keen interest and desire to learn.

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Interested applicants should submit a single PDF file that includes:

  1. Letter of intent outlining qualifications and career objectives
  2. Curriculum Vitae including list of publications
  3. Reprints of three representative publications

Application package should be submitted via MCW Human Resources Careers page using requisition ID 30006.



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