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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job Description

The Carnegie Mellon Biomedical Engineering department seeks to transform healthcare worldwide through interdisciplinary engineering innovation and to train future leaders and innovators in biomedical engineering.

We are searching for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with Professor Jana Kainerstorfer’s research team.  This is an excellent opportunity for someone who thrives in an interesting and challenging work environment. You will contribute to the department by working on optical imaging data processing, including neurovascular coupling quantification in animal and human data, and other such tasks as may be assigned to you. In addition, you will be collecting data in healthy volunteers as well as taking data on optical phantoms.

Your core responsibilities will include:

  • Collect and analyze data, including periodical/literature search and utilizing specialized skills in related field to analyze the collected data.

  • Conduct research experiments within the predetermined research scope and methodology of department and university.

  • Lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering of supplies may be required depending on area and specialty.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within the Biomedical Engineering department.  Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who can effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

You should demonstrate:

  • The ability to work independently

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills


  • Doctorate degree required

  • Must have a background in diffuse optical imaging in hardware and software

  • Must have expertise in Matlab

  • Or a combination of education and relevant experience from which comparable knowledge is demonstrated may be considered.

Are you interested in this exciting opportunity?! Apply today!

CMU’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: As a condition of employment, Carnegie Mellon University requires all staff and faculty working in the United States to be fully vaccinated, including a booster when eligible, against COVID-19. Prior to commencement of employment, new hires in the United States must provide proof of vaccination or obtain an approved exemption. (Exemptions may be requested for medical reasons or for religious or strong moral or ethical conviction.) Those granted an exemption must comply with all applicable COVID-19 mitigation requirements. The most up-to-date information on CMU's COVID-19 mitigation requirements can be found here: Minimum Requirements to Return to Campus .


Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function

Pre/Post-Doctoral Associates & Fellows

Position Type

Postdoctoral Associate / Fellow (Fixed Term)

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


More Information: 

  • Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon ” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world. 

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  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran. 

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