Job DescriptionThe Behkam Lab in the Department ofMechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks highly motivated andenthusiastic candidates for a postdoctoral associate position. Thisposition will provide an opportunity to work in a highlycollaborative interdisciplinary environment as part of a team ofexperimentalists, computational modelers, and clinicians.The project’s focus will be on the mechanobiology of microbialinteraction with nanostructured surfaces and its applications inengineering the surface of medical devices towards mitigatingmedical device-associated infection. Combining experimental workwith computational modeling, this position will offer a uniqueopportunity to acquire a well-rounded interdisciplinary skillset.This research project will address a well-defined problem of asignificant and pressing clinical need in collaboration withclinicians. The selected candidate will also be encouraged topursue complementary new research directions, apply for independentgrants and fellowships, and will be mentored to develop scientificleadership and management skills.Compensation for this position will be at or above NIH guidelinesand will include competitive benefits and retirement packageoffered by Virginia Tech. The position is available starting assoon as possible and is eligible for annual renewal contingent uponsatisfactory progress and continued funding.Required QualificationsCandidate must hold a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering,Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, or a related discipline by thestart of the postdoc appointment. The ideal candidate will haveexperience in working with Biosafety Level-2 (BSL-2)microorganisms, proficiency in standard cell- andmolecular-biological techniques, and expertise in nanofabrication.However, training to acquire new skills in nanofabrication andcharacterization will be offered. Preference will be given tocandidates with experience in two or more of the following areas:(1) bacteria culture techniques, (2) molecular biology techniques(e.g., RNA-seq, RT-PCR, Western blotting), (3) optical and electronmicroscopy, (4) microbial mechanobiology, (5) nanofabrication andcharacterization, (6) finite element modeling and multi-parameteroptimization. Candidates must have excellent written and oralcommunication skills, enthusiasm to conduct independent andcollaborative interdisciplinary research, the ability andwillingness to mentor graduate and undergraduate students.Preferred QualificationsPreference will be given to candidates with experience in two ormore of the following areas: (1) bacteria culture techniques, (2)molecular biology techniques (e.g., RNA-seq, RT-PCR, Westernblotting), (3) optical and electron microscopy, (4) microbialmechanobiology, (5) nanofabrication and characterization, (6)finite element modeling and multi-parameter optimization.Appointment TypeRestrictedSalary InformationCommensurate with experienceReview DateNovember 16, 2020Additional InformationInterested candidates should assemble a single pdf documentcontaining a (1) cover letter outlining how this position relatesto the candidate’s past experience, future goals, and researchinterests, (2) curriculum vitae with a complete list ofpublications, (3) name and contact information of three academicreferences, (4) two key first-author manuscripts that have beenpublished or accepted for publication.The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction check.About Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Amanda Collins at [email protected] during regularbusiness hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.Advertised: November 2, 2020Applications close:
Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke Contrary to rumors circulating last week, Jamaican crime Don Christopher “Dudus” Coke has not been released from prison. However, the United States Bureau of Prisons (USBP) has confirmed he was transferred from a maximum-security prison in South Carolina on March 7 to the low-security Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution for men in New Jersey.At Fort Dix, inmates have more privileges and do not have to contend with bars and locked cages in maximum security lock-ups.The USBP did not give reasons why Coke was transferred from the maximum-security prison, but Butch Lawford, a former Miami correctional officer told National Weekly, “When a prisoner is moved from a maximum to a low-security institution it is usually because that prisoner has been exercising good behavior. In a low-security institution the prisoner has much more liberties and privileges. Institutions like Fort Dix are more like secured camps.”The Fort Dix website describes it as fitted with community units without “bars, or locks on rooms,” where inmates are expected to display “a high degree of responsibility.”Indications are the institution provides services “required by policy in a consistent, humane, and a reasonable manner, treats inmates with courtesy while inmates are expected to treat staff likewise. It maintains a high level of sanitation and expects inmates to keep it that way.”The privileges inmates enjoy include access to TV from 11:00 am to 11:30 pm on weekdays, and to 2:00 am on weekends. Also, 300 minutes of monthly paid telephone calls, with each call being 15 minutes maximum; personal lockers in inmate rooms, use of microwave in the community units, and wake-up call at 6:00 am unlike 4 or 5:00 am in more secured institutions.Fort Dix has an honor system, where prisoners with good behavior can enjoy enhanced privileges including access to TV from 6:00 am.The facility currently has a population of 4,250 inmates, with an average age of 41 years. It is indicative that Coke could be released before his sentence terminates in July, 2030, as the average time served by inmates is 11 years, which would take Coke until March, 2028.Coke was extradited from Jamaica to the US in May 2010. Preceding his extradition, Jamaican law enforcement attempted to apprehend him in the West Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens, which he ran with an iron grip.Some 70 individuals were killed as residents resisted the incursion.In 2012, Coke pled guilty to drugs and firearm charges in New York federal court, and was sentenced to 23 years. Since his sentencing, Coke served time at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Brooklyn, New York, then the Edgefield FCI located on the South Carolina/Georgia border.