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June 19, 2014


Position Type: Research
Priority: No
Degree Requirement: PhD

Dr. Simon WM John, Ph.D.

Professor/Investigator 207.288.6496t





The laboratory of Dr. Simon John at The Jackson Laboratory is looking for a dedicated and highly motivated biomedical  or electrical engineer with an interest in biology and medicine. This is a critical Research Scientist position within the   John lab. It offers a unique opportunity to interface novel and innovative engineering solutions with world-class biological research in an exciting environment.  There is the possibility of strong career development and helping to lead the growth of biomedical engineering initiatives at the Jackson laboratory.


The incumbent will run a biomedical engineering laboratory.  The position entails a need for multidisciplinary understanding and skill set. The research involves the development of novel, miniature implantable tools to monitor and manipulate various physiological parameters relevant to glaucoma and other diseases, including intraocular pressure, neural activity, and neural stimulation (collaborations with Dr. Pedro Irazoqui, Purdue).  Goals will include the development of networked, chronically functioning closed-loop systems.  The incumbent will also be responsible for device development - developing and implementing tools for large-scale physiologic, genetic, and treatment experiments using mice.  In addition to running/ supporting projects within the John laboratory, the incumbent will interact with other scientists and will coordinate activities and information sharing with key collaborators at Purdue University.  The applicant will write journal papers, animal and experimental protocols, and grant applications.

As a post Ph.D. engineer in this position, we seek a person with the ability to think outside the normal engineering realm and effectively interface, manage, and communicate with biologists.  Strong interpersonal, communication (oral and written), and organizational skills are required. Supervision of research assistants and students is expected. Experience or knowledge of biology is an asset. Developing novel implantable tools requires understanding of electrical engineering concepts related to wireless implantable device design, fabrication, and implementation.  To fulfill the needs of this position the ideal applicant will be knowledgeable in the areas listed below. The engineering skills are required while the biology aspects can be learned on the job.

For more information about the John laboratory and application procedure see:  The Jackson Laboratory is located in idyllic Bar Harbor, Maine with Acadia National Park as our playground.


Design and fabrication

  • Circuit design (Altium, Osmond, etc) and fabrication (Fr-­‐4, LCP, LTCC)
  • Population techniques (soldering, reflow, pick-­‐n-­‐place,etc)

Device testing

  • Circuit Testing (automation of testing equipment)
  • Microcontroller programming (C based processes or similar)
  • Wireless communication and powering
  • Sensor technologies (pressure, electrode, etc)
  • Testing apparatus design and implementation


Mouse anatomy and physiology (specifically ophthalmic) Genetics and molecular biology

Mouse colony management Animal testing and surgeries

Imaging and microscopic techniques

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