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Postdoctoral Scientist - Laser/Photonic/Optical Engineering - Department of Neurosurgery

Los Angeles, California


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  • Analytical
  • Organized
  • Deadline-oriented
  • Adaptable
  • Results-driven
  • Problem-solver

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Requisition # HRC0666968A

Your expertise and passion for Research can shape today's discoveries into tomorrow's medicine!

Are you ready to take your career on this journey with us?

Our goal is to improve the health status and wellness of our community. Cedars-Sinai is one of the leading institutes for competitive research funding from the National Institutes of Health. As an international leader in biomedical research, we translate discoveries into successful treatments with global impact.

Principal Investigator, Pramod Butte, PhD, is looking for a Postdoctoral Scientist to join the team!

The primary focus of the Butte Laboratory is translational research in the field of biophotonics. The Butte Lab is developing novel intraoperative imaging/visualization technologies to aid surgeons in achieving near-complete tumor excision. The Lab is working on two technologies to accomplish this goal: first, exploring the technique of time-resolved laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy (TR-LIFS) for delineation of primary brain tumors in near real-time and, second, developing a novel near-infrared (NIR) imaging system for visualizing tumors tagged with a unique marker, which is used to make them glow during surgery.

For additional information, please visit the Butte Research Lab.

Working independently but in close cooperation and in consultation with the Principal Investigator and other Research Scientists, you will perform routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period. May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols. Analyzes and interprets data. Participates in publications and presentations as author or co-author. In this position, you will not be responsible for generating grant funds.

Department-Specific Information:

Working in an engineering capacity as a Postdoctoral Scientist Fellow, you will be involved in the design, development and implementation of cutting-edge medical imaging systems. This position will provide a unique opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team involving optical engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, biomedical engineers as well as surgeons, pathologists, and other medical personnel. As a Postdoctoral Scientist, you will be involved in the development and possible commercialization of medical device technology. Interest in experiencing a start-up environment with an entrepreneurial spirit is desired. The position will provide experience as a part of a highly focused team on a broad array of technologies. In addition, the position will also offer experience with other technicians, with clinical trials, collecting clinical data, and following clinical protocols.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • May assist in preparation of grant proposals but is not responsible for generating grant funds

  • May participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author

  • Designs and performs experiments

  • Responsible for keeping appropriate experimental records and documentation and analyze the results with the Principal Investigator

  • May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols

  • Analyzes, interprets, summarizes and compiles data

  • Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period

  • Operates and maintains equipment and instruments

Department-Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop, and maintain cutting-edge laser-based optical signal processing, rf-photonic, and spectroscopy imaging systems
  • Experimentally characterize temporal and spectral signal chain parameters of optical and electrical components and systems using standard and advanced test and measurement equipment
  • Determine appropriate signal and noise budgets throughout the optical and electrical signal chains
  • Develop and perform data analysis approaches and scripts
  • Refine the design and implement hardware and software modifications of the current instrument
  • Experimentally verify improved system performance upon redesign 
  • Design, develop, implement, and test next generation imaging systems
  • Support transfer of algorithms, technology, results to third parrty contract manufacturers and regulatory personnel
  • Maintain and organize the laboratory, which includes regulatory and safety compliance, cleanliness, and tidiness
  • Assist in collecting experimental data using Time resolved fluorescence system in OR or in the lab
  • Maintain and manage the record of all experimental work
  • Manage experimental data generated in the lab and during the clinical trial
  • Ensure proper compliance with IRB protocols and clinical trial procedures
  • Assist in the laboratory with procedures such as soldering, machining, etc.
  • Analyze data and execute programs for data analyses (in depth programing skills not required but is a plus) 
  • Ensure surgical equipment/devices are setup before the procedure and meet sterility and safety guidelines/policies
  • Manages lab equipment to ensure proper working order requesting internal/external maintenance, if required
  • Manages lab supply inventory, including obtaining quotes and ordering supplies


Qualifications Requirements:


Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD, or DDS) in Engineering or in area directly related to field of research specialization, required.


  • Expertise in instrumentation, data analysis, and signal processing is a plus

  • Additional experience in tissue optics, fiber and free space optics, image processing, will be considered as a strong point

  • Ability to program in MATLAB, Python, C++ is strongly desired

  • Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research projects and objectives during one to five (1-5) year post-doctoral appointment

  • Works independently on research projects designed by a mentor (typically the PI) within area of specialization

  • Demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including detailed data collection, and analysis, and operation and maintenance of specialized equipment

  • Knowledge of safety standards and maintenance of specialized equipment

  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint)

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Knowledge of budgetary requirements and policies


  • Working Title: Postdoctoral Scientist - Laser/Photonic/Optical Engineering - Department of Neurosurgery
  • Department: Home Dept-Black
  • Business Entity: Academic / Research
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Academic/Research
  • Job Specialty: Postdoctoral
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Shift Length: 8 hour shift
  • Shift Type: Day

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