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Career Opportunities

Please view our current openings for faculty positions and/or postdoctoral positions in the Department of Biomedical Engineering:

Postdoctoral Positions

The Department of Biomedical Engineering currently has immediate openings for two postdoctoral scientists in cardiac optogenetics and neurocardiac physiology for terms of at least 2-3 years. The positions are funded by NIH research grants and offer competitive salary, benefits, and an outstanding research environment within GW’s newly built Science and Engineering Hall on the Foggy Bottom campus in Washington, DC.

There is a group of prominent cardiac investigators at GWU with unique expertise in optical mapping at multiple scales and solid expertise in optogenetics – control of cardiac and neuro-cardiac function by light. The postdoctoral fellow or fellows will work on individual or joint projects in Dr. Entcheva’s and Dr. Kay’s laboratories, which are leading the new fields of cardiac and neurocardiac optogenetics. Projects in Dr. Entcheva’s laboratory include topics in designing high-throughput all-optical electrophysiology for phenotyping of human iPS-CMs and for in vivo cardiac optogenetics applications; cardiotoxicity testing; control of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias by light; endoscopic and implantable optogenetics systems. Projects in Dr. Kay’s laboratory include topics in heart failure, cardiac metabolism and hypoxia, optical mapping of contracting hearts, and activation of cardiac autonomic nerves using optogenetics and DREADDs. Our group offers unique training in cutting edge technology and interdisciplinary research in optical imaging and optical control at multiple scales (from cellular to whole heart to whole animal).

Ideal candidates will have strong quantitative skills and adequate knowledge of cardiac physiology and electrophysiology and/or optogenetics/molecular biology and/or cardiac metabolism and/or neurocardiology.  In addition, candidates are expected to have strong background in at least one of the following: 1) molecular biology techniques, plasmids, viral vectors, gene delivery; 2) optical imaging/optics/electronics; 3) small animal surgery including rodent models of heart failure; 4) excised heart preparations; 5) patch clamp; or 6) computer programming/ physics/mathematical modeling.  It is essential that candidates possess a natural aptitude for problem solving and are highly motivated and willing to learn new skills.  Evidence of excellent writing skills, including grant writing, and a competitive publication record during the Ph.D. studies is a plus.

Interested candidates should submit an application containing the following using the GW Jobs system:

  • A brief cover letter summarizing research interests and career goals
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • The names of at least 3 references

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and in accordance with NIH policies. The George Washington University is an equal opportunity employer.

Please visit these links to learn more about, and apply for, our current positions:

Postdoctoral position in Dr. Emilia Entcheva’s Lab [Posting Number RP000069]

Postdoctoral position in Dr. Matthew Kay’s Lab [Posting Number RP000070]:

Emilia Entcheva, Ph.D.
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
The George Washington University
Science and Engineering Hall
E-mail:  entcheva at

Matthew Kay, D.Sc.
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
The George Washington University
Science and Engineering Hall
E-mail:  phymwk at