Research Associate

Job description

Working Title: Research Associate

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Chemistry

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 10-31-2018

Posting Summary:
The Pompano Laboratory at the University of Virginia has one or more openings for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Our lab performs innovative research at the intersection of bioanalytical chemistry, immunology, and microscale engineering and is a superb training environment for interdisciplinary researchers. Learn more about our work at

We seek motivated, creative scientists or engineers to take the lead on projects in the area of immuno-microfluidics, immunoengineering, and/or immunology. Potential projects include:

1) Utilizing microfluidic devices to control the environment around living samples of intact lymphoid tissue, to study mechanisms of immunity.
2) Testing cultured ex vivo lymphoid tissue as a model of inflammatory disease and vaccination. (requires experience with immunological techniques such as flow cytometry and/or immunoassays)
3) Generating a microfluidic and/or tissue-engineered model of tumor immunity and/or neuro-immunology.
4) Advancing a cutting-edge tissue engineered organ-on-chip model of the immune system. (requires biomaterials or 3D-cell culture experience)

Our lab focuses on providing an excellent training environment. The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to write scientific papers and grant proposals and to present at national and or international conferences. The researcher will provide leadership within the lab, help maintain a high-energy and collegial lab culture, lead collaborations with other labs in immunology or bioengineering as appropriate for the project, assist in the training of graduate and undergraduate students, maintain detailed scientific records of their work, and help keep laboratory safety regulations.

Completion of a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biomedical or Chemical Engineering, Immunology, or a related discipline is required by the appointment start date. Because our lab is interdisciplinary, the candidate must have a demonstrated ability and eagerness to learn new techniques and skills, as attested to by their recommendation letters and/or publication record.

The candidate must have extensive experience in one or more of the following fields: microfabrication and microfluidics, photolithography, mammalian tissue culture, biomaterials design and/or 3D cell culture, and/or immunological methods. Preferred skills and experience include: Experience in long-term cell or tissue culture on a microfluidic chip, working knowledge of standard immunological assays, with a particular emphasis on flow cytometry, but this can be taught to an eager candidate, prior research experience with animals, experience with live imaging by fluorescent microscopy, and experience with simulations of fluid flow and mass transport in Comsol Multiphysics

This is a one-year appointment that may be renewed for up to two additional one-year terms, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0624394. Complete a Candidate Profile online and attach the following: a cover letter that explains your interest in the position and briefly summarizes relevant research experience and career goals (max. 2 pages), curriculum vitae, and contact information for three (3) references. Review of applications will begin November 11, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Prof. Rebecca Pompano, Ph.D. at [email protected]

Questions regarding the application, please contact Rich Haverstrom at [email protected]

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Posted: 11/1/2018
Application Due: 12/31/2018
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