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Collaboration Type: Job
Collaboration Title: Research Position: Join the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
Date Available: 07/01/2021
Location: Worcester, MA
Description: Our Restorative & Regenerative Surgery Innovation Research team welcomes applications from highly motivated individuals interested in learning and conducting research in the field of Plastic Surgery and become future leader surgeon-scientists. We currently have two open positions for July 2021.

About us:

We have a large research team that is further expanding. Our research has ongoing projects embracing all aspects of Plastic Surgery and the entire spectrum of research, from tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, to medical device development, to surgical education, surgical quality improvement, and global plastic surgery. The basic science/translational research lab currently has several major federally funded projects (Department of Defense) on both small and large animals, and benefits from a close collaboration with a very vibrant top-class research community within the University of Massachusetts and nearby collaborating institutions. We have access to state-of-art facilities for cadaver-based and simulation-based research. Clinically, we are the major academic Plastic Surgery provider in central and western Massachusetts, with an integrated Plastic Surgery residency program, a level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center, a Hand Surgery fellowship, and a very busy clinical activity led by nine faculty members. UMass Plastic Surgery is renowned for its welcoming, inclusive, and positive training environment.

About you:

We are seeking extremely talented, highly motivated, self-driven, hardworking, respectful individuals with a genuine passion for Plastic Surgery and determined to be future leaders of our community.

Ideally, you would be an MD applying to the 2022/2023 Residency Match, an MS3-MS4 planning to take a gap year to pursue research, a Plastic Surgery or General Surgery resident interested in a research year, or an international MD/Plastic Surgery resident/junior Plastic Surgeon interested in conducting research in the US (possibly before applying to a clinical fellowship). Yet, we will consider applications from individuals with different qualifications.

Although we will holistically consider all applications, preference will be given to:
- 12-24 months commitment
- Starting date July 1st, 2021
- Experience in one or more of the following:
o working with animals (rodents, possibly also swine)
o wet lab techniques (histological and molecular analysis, cell culture)
o biomedical engineering and/or with the design of medical devices
o clinical research (study design IRB writing, database query, data collection and analysis, etc.)
o educational research and activities
o global surgery initiatives, public health, advocacy
- Good knowledge of biostatistics
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
- English proficiency, excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Previous publication record (first-authorships) and previous presentation at national conferences
- Demonstrated interested and commitment to the field of Plastic Surgery

International candidates meeting the US Department of State requirements for a J-1 Visa (Research Scholar) are welcome to apply.




What we offer you:

We are committed to provide support and opportunities to candidates to advance their education and career, while producing high-quality scholarly work. The scope of the planned research is individually discussed to take into account and value the candidates' own interests, goals, and needs, as well as their medium-term and long-term career plans.

We provide guidance and additional dedicated training through all the phases of research from ideation to study design, grant writing, conduction of experiments, data collection and analysis, presentation of outcomes, and manuscript drafting and submission. A dedicated training plan will be discussed with each candidate and might include specific courses (e.g., biostatistics, lab techniques, communication skills, or entrepreneurship) or even graduate degrees.

Each member of our team is expected to independently lead at least ten (10) projects per year, which will typically result in corresponding first-authorship in scientific publications in top-tier Plastic Surgery journals. We will encourage participation to local, regional, and national scientific forum to present outcomes of research and to socially connect with the broader Plastic Surgery community. The candidate will also participate in our divisional/departmental conferences and educational activities.

Career mentorship and advising to the team member is a top priority of the program. Team meeting with the Principal Investigators are held weekly, and additional individual meetings with each member are held at least once weekly -although we embrace an "open door" policy.

You will join a thriving and engaging academic community and an amicable and supportive Plastic Surgery program in a conveniently located vibrant and affordable location, steps away from parks, mountains, and the New England coast.

How to connect with us and apply:

Interested applicants should submit by e-mail a one-page statement describing their goals and their interest in this position, an updated CV (including specific research skills, level of independence, publications and scientific presentations), and two letters of recommendation to:

Giorgio Giatsidis, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery & Lead Surgeon Scientist
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical School
E-mail: giorgio.giatsidis@umassmed.edu



For more information: https://www.umassmed.edu/surgery/divisions-and-programs/plastic-surgery/about-us/
The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is committed to being an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and recognizes the power of a diverse community. We encourage applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Attention is given to allow a safe work environment in compliance with existing guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contact: How to connect with us and apply:

Interested applicants should submit by e-mail a one-page statement describing their goals and their interest in this position, an updated CV (including specific research skills, level of independence, publications and scientific presentations), and two letters of recommendation to:

Giorgio Giatsidis, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery & Lead Surgeon Scientist
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical School
E-mail: giorgio.giatsidis@umassmed.edu