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Post-doctoral Opportunity in Cutaneous Imaging

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United States
Employer Description

This position spans several institutions within Vanderbilt including:

The Vanderbilt Cutaneous Imaging Clinic (VCIC) was founded in 2016 as a platform for direct clinical translation of engineering for clinical impact in dermatology, oncology, and related specialties. The mission is seamless integration of technology-based patient care and translational research. 

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center's (VICC) eight formal research programs focus on the discovery of new approaches for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer. These active and collaborative research programs generate approximately $142 million in annual research support from public and private sources. The Translational Research and Interventional Oncology Research Program translates advances in mechanism-based research into improved detection methods and therapies for cancer. With a primary focus on lung cancer, melanoma and leukemia/lymphoma, the program is dedicated to new discoveries in early detection and molecular oncology, and genotype-driven early phase trials for all cancer types.

The mission of the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center (VBC) is to establish a trans-institutional initiative in biophotonics research, technology development and education at Vanderbilt University. The center spans across multiple schools (EngineeringMedicine and Arts & Science) and interfaces with existing centers and institutes (VICCVINSEVUIISVBIVIIBREViSE) while being anchored in Engineering. The center is focused on targeted educational programs for medical residents, fellows as well as graduate and undergraduate students and provides opportunities for learning for high schools students interested in this area. 

Job Description

The Vanderbilt Cutaneous Imaging Clinic (VCIC) is seeking motivated post-doctoral and post-baccaleureate candidates to develop their translational research career in biophotonics and imaging of cutaneous manifestations of cancer and its treatments. Multimodal dermatologic imaging techniques including 3D photography, hyperspectral imaging, and confocal microscopy, coupled to image analysis techniques including deep learning neural networks, will be applied in ongoing multicenter clinical trials and basic science research. Initial appointment will be for one year with annual renewal options. Example publication: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41409-018-0211-8

Candidates will benefit from a personalized research program catered to their goals utilizing resources and mentoring within the VUMC Division of Oncology and the Division of Dermatology as well as The Biophotonics Center within the Vanderbilt Department of Biomedical Engineering. The renowned Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center brings together clinicians, basic scientists, engineers and statisticians in close collaboration due to its interdisciplinary research and close physical proximity of the School of Medicine to the School of Engineering (100-200 yards). 

Job Requirements

Post-bacs: Bachelor's and strong recommendations and motivation to participate in our ongoing translational work described here: https://medsites.mc.vanderbilt.edu/vdtrc/home 

Postdocs: Ph.D. or equivalent degree with expertise in at least one of the following: computer science, dermatologic imaging, multivariate data analysis, optical spectroscopy, image processing, optical design, clinical device validation, clinical trials, immunology, or biomarkers. The Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an equal opportunities employer.

Interested applicants are requested to mail their CV, a one-page personal statement, and two letters of recommendation with reference phone numbers and email addresses to:


Eric Tkaczyk, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Cutaneous Imaging Clinic

Vanderbilt Dermatology

One Hundred Oaks Suite 26300

719 Thompson Lane

Nashville, TN 37204


11 April 2019
11 May 2019
48500 – 57000
Biomedical, Medical Imaging, Health Care (Biophotonics)