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AdventHealth Research Scientist Postdoctoral – Translational Research Institute – Orlando in Orlando, Florida


Postdoctoral Research Scientist – Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes – Orlando

AdventHealth Orlando seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Research Scientist who will embrace our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ.

Facility Profile:

Located on a lush tropical campus, our flagship hospital, 1,107-bed AdventHealth Orlando, serves as the major tertiary facility for much of the Southeast, the Caribbean and South America. AdventHealth Orlando houses one of the largest Emergency Departments and largest cardiac catheterization labs in the country. We are already one of the busiest hospitals in the nation, providing service excellence to more than 32,000 inpatients and 125,000 outpatients each year.

Department Profile:

The collaborative, multi-disciplinary team of doctors, scientists, and researchers at the Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes (TRI-MD) bridges the gap between discovery research and clinical care. This facility, which houses some of the most technologically advanced clinical and diagnostic equipment available, is dedicated to the study of obesity, metabolism, diabetes, and the metabolic origins of cardiovascular disease.

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Associate Investigator Dr. Paul M. Coen within the Exercise, Aging and Bioenergetics research program. He/she will be a highly motivated individual and will focus primarily on an NIH-sponsored research project grant (R01AG060153) on skeletal muscle atrophy that occurs during bed rest that leads to a loss of muscle strength and physical function. The presence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) may exacerbate this health issue, which represents an enormous public health problem, particularly for older adults, a large proportion of whom have T2D.

The overall objective of this project is to decipher the temporal sequence by which mitochondrial dysfunction and lipotoxicity in older adults with T2D impact atrophy and recovery of muscle mass, strength and physical function following bed rest. Studies in the clinically relevant context of aging, T2D and exercise will provide a physiologicalframework in which the temporal and mechanistic relationships between mitochondria, intramyocellular lipid and protein synthesis/breakdown can be interrogated during atrophy and recovery.

To address this objective, we will conduct muscle biopsy studies during bed rest to delineate temporal links among early alterations in mitochondria, intramyocellular lipids, and protein synthesis and breakdown networks. We will obtain muscle biopsies before and after bed rest, to determine:

  • In situ mitochondrial function (respiration, ROS emission, calcium retention) in permeabilized myofibers

  • Myocellular lipid profiles by 3D shotgun lipidomics

  • Mitochondrial /Intramyofibrillar fractional protein synthesis/breakdown rates using innovative in vivo D2O-labeling and proteomics

  • 31P-MRS assessments of mitochondrial energetics.

The candidate will be capable of working independently and will be responsible for directing research projects, conducting experiments, collecting and analyzing data and writing abstracts and manuscripts for publication.

Work Hours/Shifts:

Monday through Friday; 8a – 5p

Job Summary:

The Postdoctoral Research Scientist assists in the translational research at the Translational Research Institute and participates in Industry/NIH/Pharmaceutical and government sponsored and investigator initiated research that supports the TRI scientific research plan. Responsible for helping to develop a research program in their field area, and provides guidance to other support staff in the performance of protocol specific tasks. Helps to ensure that all research performed under their direction is in compliance with all AdventHealth, TRI, local, state, and federal laws, policies and procedures. Actively participates in outstanding customer service and accepts responsibility in maintaining relationships that are equally respectful to all.

Knowledge, Skills, Education, & Experience Required:

  • MD and /or PhD in a scientific field such as chemistry, biology, or exercise science

  • Established competency in research as evidenced by published (peer reviewed) research and/or prior work experience

  • Knowledge of the development and operation of clinical and basic science research protocols

  • Proven history of NIH, Pharmaceutical and/or equivalent research (Preferred)

  • Knowledge or experience in investigator initiated research in a clinical - translational research setting (Preferred)

Licensure, Certification, or Registration Required:

  • N/A

Job Responsibilities:

Demonstrates through behavior AdventHealth’s Core Values of Keep Me Safe, Love Me, Make it Easy, and Own it as outlined in the organization’s Performance Excellence Program.

  • Design, construction and implementation of translational research proposals, protocols, and procedures.

  • Assist with the analysis of research data in collaboration with Biostatisticians and TRI faculty..

  • Preparation of scholarly manuscripts and final study reports (where applicable) to communicate results of the research to the broader scientific community.

  • Supervision of data collection by TRI research core staff including but not limited Clinical Operations, Energy Metabolism, BioRepository, and Clinical Research Unit.

  • Attend and give seminars under the direction of the Senior Scientist/Scientific Director

  • Participation in scientific presentations and publication of research data

  • Research grant application preparation

  • Fostering and supporting external academic and research collaborations

  • Other duties and responsibilities as determined by the scientific director

If you want to be a part of a team that is dedicated to delivering the highest quality in patient care, we invite you to explore the Research Scientist opportunity with AdventHealth Orlando and apply online today.

Job Keywords:

Research Scientist, Orlando

Job: Other Clinical Professional

Primary Location: US-FL-Orlando

Position Location Orlando

Organization AdventHealth Central Florida

Schedule Full-time

Shift Day

Job Level Staff / Associate

Education Level Doctorate Degree

Travel No

Job Posting May 1, 2019, 4:25:10 PM

Req ID: 277770

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