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Postdoctoral Fellow - Cardiac Toxicity

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

About the position

A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the Mechanistic Toxicology Branch in the Division of Translational Toxicology (DTT) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The project aims at establishing in vitro 2D and 3D rodent and human cardiomyocyte cultures to model cardiovascular toxicity associated with environmental exposures. Detailed mechanisms focusing on mitochondrial function and genomics will be explored with a combination of state of the art approaches (biochemistry, molecular biology, omics, etc). The successful candidate will have a strong background in cardiovascular studies, including in the use of cardiomyocyte cultures (e.g. primary and immortalized cells as well as iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes) and animal models. The candidate will be versed in cell imaging-based techniques, including calcium imaging and functional assessment of cardiomyocyte function using microelectrode arrays. Knowledge of mitochondrial metabolism is strongly desired. Experience with deep sequencing techniques (library preparation and data analysis) is desirable but not required. The candidate will have access to state-of-the-art equipment, including the Seahorse flux analyzer, the Opera phenix high content imager confocal microscope and the Maestro Pro microelectrode impedance-based array. Strong communication and written skills are desired and ability to work as part of a team is a must.

The DTT postdoctoral training program typically funds fellowships for three years. Stipends are commensurate to experience. Postdoctoral fellows are considered as professionals-in-training and are not classified as NIH employees. Medical insurance is provided. The position is immediately available and will be open until filled.

Apply for this vacancy

What you'll need to apply

Interested candidates with required experience should send a single PDF containing a cover letter indicating experience and research interests, CV and 3 reference letters to:

Contact name

Janine Santos

Contact email


  • Doctoral degree in biochemistry, physiology, or closely related discipline;
  • Experience in in vitro cardiomyocyte cultures and analysis of cardiovascular function both in vitro and in vivo;
  • Knowledge of mitochondrial function desirable.

Additional Information

The NIH is dedicated to building a community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.