1. Instructor in Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) in the Tearney Laboratory

    Instructor in Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) in the Tearney Laboratory

    The Tearney Laboratory at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, is recruiting for Instructor faculty position at Harvard Medical School. The Tearney Lab pioneers the invention, development, and translation of new noninvasive, high-resolution optical imaging modalities that enable disease diagnosis from living patients without excising tissues from the body. One of the most powerful such technologies is optical coherence tomography (OCT) that captures cross-sectional and three-dimensional microscopic images of tissue.

    We are seeking a motivated researcher to join our team to play a direct role in advancing our research and scientific agenda. The Instructor will work in a highly collaborative setting, frequently interacting with the research, development, and clinical teams within the lab, as well as internal and external collaborators, including basic science and translational researchers, commercialization specialists and industry collaborators. In addition to mastering technical expertise within the field of biomedical optics/engineering, this role will also provide a unique opportunity to build clinical, research, publication, and leadership experience. The ideal candidate for this position is an organized and creative problem-solver with substantial experience with OCT research. Expertise in advanced optics, biomedical engineering, computational methods, and/or image analysis is a plus. The candidate should also be capable of leading multidisciplinary research teams.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Invent, develop, and validate innovative OCT imaging modalities and instruments
    • Directly responsible for critical research projects and resolving key technical issues
    • Work closely with the technology development teams to optimize lab’s research operations 
    • Interact with our clinical collaborators to understand clinical needs and propose relevant advancements in our technologies
    • Set up experiments and collect necessary data to aid the writing of grant applications  
    • Lead and mentor junior researchers in the lab
    • Deliver milestones within project timelines
    • Participate in the teaching mission at Harvard Medical School
    • Write publications for technical and clinical journals
    • Obtain independent research funding
    • Perform other related duties as required

    Skills/Abilities/Competencies Required: 

    • A PhD (or equivalent) in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics or a related field
    • Demonstrated excellence in OCT technology development
    • Demonstrated capacity and interest to apply science and engineering principles to solve clinical problems
    • Excellent organizational and communication skills
    • Strong academic publication record
    • Skill in technical writing, presentation, and teaching
    • Experience working in a multi-functional team setting
    • Evidence of emerging independence as an investigator

    Supervisory Responsibility:

    • Provides oversight to students, research trainees and junior research fellows

    Working Conditions:

    Research Laboratory in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine



    • PhD required


    • At least 2+ years of post-doctoral or equivalent experience
    • At least 5+ years of OCT research experience

    Contact Information:

    Interested candidates are encouraged to send a CV accompanied by a cover letter describing any previous research training and specific areas of interest. Address correspondence to Dr. Gary Tearney, note the position you are applying for in the subject line, and send by email to tearneylabsearch@partners.org.

    We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

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