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The Lippmann Lab at Vanderbilt University (www.lippmannlab.com) is seeking postdoctoral candidates for three projects funded by the National Institutes of Health:

  • Engineering vascularized brain organoids: We seek a candidate interested in merging microdevice and hydrogel fabrication techniques with stem cell-derived products to engineer models of the vascularized human brain.
  • Reactive astrocytes and blood-brain barrier dysfunction: We seek a candidate interested in studying connections between reactive astrocytes and blood-brain barrier dysfunction in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Mechanisms of vascular fibrosis in cerebral amyloid angiopathy: We seek a candidate interested in studying connections between perivascular fibroblasts, fibrotic signaling pathways, and cerebral amyloid angiopathy using mouse models and bioengineered ex vivo human models.

Position details and application process: These positions are immediately available and will remain open until filled. Flexible start dates are an option for competitive candidates. Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree with strong research experience in any area pertaining to mammalian cell biology, engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, and neuroscience—due to the breadth and scope of our research program, we value applications from a wide variety of backgrounds and research experiences. Compensation will be at or above NIH guidelines, and all positions include a competitive benefits and retirement package. Flexibility to apply for grants and fellowships and to develop independent research directions will be encouraged based on the candidate’s career goals.
Prospective applicants should email Dr. Ethan Lippmann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and provide a CV and a cover letter with a brief description of research achievements and specific interests in one or more of the listed projects. Competitive candidates will be further asked to submit a list of up to three references with contact information.

Lippmann lab background: Our research group studies the role of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and neurovascular system in health and disease by merging concepts across engineering, neuroscience, and cellular and molecular biology. For biological investigations, we regularly leverage 2D and 3D cell culture platforms, human tissue, and in vivo models to perform comprehensive studies. We also use our engineering expertise to augment wet lab research, model development, and neurovascular disease treatment strategies. Our comprehensive activities are supported by the diverse expertise of our trainees and collaborations across Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt University and the greater Nashville area: Vanderbilt is a top research institution that sits on an incredibly compact urban campus. All core facilities and collaborating groups are within a 5-minute walk, which enhances efficiency, teamwork, and productivity for all members of our lab and collaborators. Nashville is also a major epicenter of music and food and home to several professional sports teams, museums, and outstanding green spaces that are accessible year-round.