Postdoctoral Scholar - Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Postdoctoral scholar in multi-scale modeling of gas transport through channels in living cells 

The Department of Physiology & Biophysics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar to conduct research in the laboratory of Dr. Walter F. Boron (

The Boron lab focuses on two major and closely related research areas: acid-base homeostasis and the transport of gases across biological membranes. Because virtually every biological process is pH sensitive, understanding acid-base physiology is of vital importance. The Boron lab uses a combination of cell biological, biophysical, and electrophysiological approaches to study (1) how cells regulate intracellular pH; (2) how proximal tubule cells sense extracellular carbon dioxide and bicarbonate; and (3) how gases move through membrane proteins, such as the aquaporins and the Rh complex. Also, the Boron lab uses mathematical modeling to complement wet-lab experiments with the goal of helping in data interpretation and in guiding the experiments.

The successful applicant will participate in an NIH-funded project focused on developing multi-scale computational models of acid-base physiology to study the mechanisms by which gases move through gas channels. The ideal candidate will have (1) demonstrated experience in developing reaction-diffusion mathematical models of biological systems; (2) strong background in numerical analysis, in particular in Finite Difference and Finite Element Methods; (3) advanced proficiency with MATLAB; (4) strong interest in learning acid-base and transport physiology; (5) excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills; (6) ability to effectively and professionally communicate and work in a multidisciplinary environment; (7) excellent organization skills and willingness to collaborate. Experience on mesoscopic modeling and knowledge of Python will be a plus.

Key responsibilities will include: (1) conduct independent research—including generating hypotheses, designing and executing research plans, data analysis—under the supervision of the PI and/or senior members of the lab; (2) interact/collaborate with technicians, students, postdoctoral fellows and instructors in the laboratory; (3) interact with collaborators within and outside the university; (4) present results in lab meetings and other scientific meetings; (5) write manuscripts and (6) assist in grant writing.

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering or related disciplines and be training grant eligible. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV, and the names/phone numbers of three people who could provide letters of reference by email to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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