Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Job Title Postdoctoral Research Associate Department Bioengineering Full Time/Part Time Full-Time Requisition Number P19099 Open Date 05/10/2019 Close Date Benefits Eligible Yes Position Summary

Postdoctoral position in Bio-Optics is available in Modern Optical Instrumentation and Bio-imaging Laboratory of Prof. Tomasz Tkaczyk in the department of Bioengineering at Rice University. Research group of Prof. Tkaczyk develop modern optical instruments for biological and biomedical applications. The group’s profile combines new technologies in optics, opto-mechanics, electronics, software and bio-chemical materials to solve problems of medical diagnosis and detection for both clinical and remote environments.

Ideal candidate should be interested in work in the field of applied optics. The Tkaczyk’s lab offers wide range of scientific challenges contained within the process of design, fabrication and testing of wide range of advanced optical systems. The successful candidate will work on design and building instruments combining high performance imaging with bio-chemical contrast agents to deliver information about the early stage of disease, organs/tissue morphology and/or cell level physiology. To accommodate such a wide range of targets Prof. Tkaczyk’s laboratory intensively works on development of imaging hyper-spectral snapshot spectrometers and miniature high resolution endoscopic systems. Modern Optical Instrumentation Laboratory has also wide experience in development of specialized targeted systems for clinical and point-of-care (POC) applications. Instruments developed by members of the lab are clinically tested at Texas Medical Center and at various research laboratories around the country. Recent additional applications include instruments for environmental imaging for variety of NASA platforms.

Consistent with the National Research Council’s report, Convergence: Facilitating Transdisciplinary Integration of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Beyond, we are seeking candidates who have demonstrated ability to lead and work in research groups that “… [integrate] the knowledge, tools, and ways of thinking…” from engineering, mathematics, and computational, natural, social and behavioral sciences to solve societal problems using a convergent approach.

Education Required PhD or other Doctoral Degree Major/Discipline

Optical engineering, imaging, or applied optics.

Education Preferred Experience Required No experience required Type of Experience Experience Preferred Skills Required

- Knowledge in the field of optical design
- Experience in the laboratory work

Skills Preferred

- Good command of optical design software will be a big advantage

Physical Demands

Sitting, standing, bending, kneeling.

Working Conditions

Laboratory environment.

Security Sensitive Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Rice consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top 10 in undergraduate teaching (US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities.

The George R. Brown School of Engineering ranks among the top 20 of undergraduate engineering programs and is strongly committed to nurturing the aspirations of faculty, staff and students in an inclusive environment.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Job Duty Name Description of Job Duty

- Active engagement in the research on development of optical instrumentation pursued by group
- Publishes research papers
- Assists with writing research grant proposals
- Active search for new investigation topics
- Assists in advising student members of the group

Percentage of Time 100 Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * Do you have a PhD or other doctoral degree in optical engineering, imaging or applied optics?
      • Yes
      • No




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    Posted: 5/12/2019
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