A postdoctoral fellowship is available for candidates holding a Ph.D., or equivalent degree, in the UNC Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. This 2-year NIH-supported fellowship is supported by a training grant entitled Research Training in Otolaryngology.
The research training activities in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at UNC Chapel Hill are centered around four principal areas:
1) auditory neuroscience and auditory perception where basic tools of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy and psychoacoustics are used to study the normal and hearing-impaired auditory system
2) research on cochlear implants, where patient populations with different implant configurations are tested for perceptual function
3) research on sinus and airway function, where computational fluid dynamics are used to study air flow, humidification and drug deposition with different, patient-based, anatomical configurations
4) research in head and neck cancer, where epidemiology and genetics are used as tools to understand patterns of cancer incidence, causative factors, and identify potential ways to prevent cancers and improve treatment.
Additional opportunities with the grant-affiliated faculty in areas closely related these are also available.
The selected trainee will participate in program that is focused on mentored basic research, or on translational research that includes participation in team projects with basic scientists and clinicians. The trainee will also participate in a didactic course on research topics related to performance of research, grant writing, manuscript writing, ethics, and experimental design. The training is intended to familiarize trainees from basic science backgrounds who have an interest in problems related to Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery with the performance of research in the context of a clinically-focused department, and to help train future generations of basic scientists who will hold primary appointments in Otolaryngology departments.
Qualified candidates should hold a PhD or similar degree in a biomedical engineering or related field, and satisfy the requirements to be appointed on an NIH NRSA grant.
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