Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Position Summary

A Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow) position is available in the Translational NanoImmunoEngineering (T-NIE) lab of Dr. Bryan Smith in the Biomedical Engineering Department (BME) and the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (IQ). The BME department in IQ offers a unique environment for performing state-of-the-art research with many top scientists in the field, using advanced facilities. The Smith Laboratory is working at the interface of nanoengineering, imaging, and immunology to develop new strategies to therapeutically manipulate and visualize the immune system in living subjects. We develop novel nano-immunoimaging and nano-immunotherapy platforms employing a variety of experimental and computational approaches.

The projects relate primarily to pathological processes such as cancer and atherosclerosis and focus on:

1. Fabrication and characterization of novel nanoparticles

2. Immunological modulation

3. In vivo imaging, including but not limited to intravital microscopy and other optical and magnetic imaging technologies.

The successful candidate will also be expected to stay current on relevant literature related to the research projects, write manuscripts and funding applications such as fellowships, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the lab.

The Smith Lab is transitioning from the Stanford University School of Medicine and will be operational starting late August 2018.

This position is a 12 month fixed term appointment.  Renewal of position is based on funding and performance.


Review of applications begins on September 14, 2018 and will remain open until filled.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

A doctorate degree and experience in nanotechnology/chemistry, immunology, and/or imaging is required.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a CV, names and contact information of at least three references, and a cover letter describing relevant research experience.

Special Instructions

Please contact Dr. Bryan Smith at [email protected] with any questions about the positions.

Review of applications begins on September 14, 2018 and will remain open until filled.


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Summary of Health Risks

-Exposure to human blood, serum, tissue, and other body fluids; and materials covered under Universal Precautions.

-Work with animals and unfixed animal tissue.

-Risks that have been identified by Environmental Health and Safety, such as exposure to chemotherapy and nanomaterials.

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Posted: 9/12/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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