Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Job TitlePostdoctoral Research AssociateDepartmentMechanical EngineeringFull Time/Part TimeFull-TimeRequisition NumberP20025Open Date09/18/2019Close DateBenefits EligibleYesPosition Summary

The laboratory of Prof. Peter Lillehoj in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University is seeking to hire a creative and highly-motivated postdoctoral research associate, with an appointment beginning on January, 1 2020. The postdoctoral research associate will work on interdisciplinary, experimentally-intensive research projects to develop portable and wearable biosensors for rapid point-of-care testing of human diseases, such as malaria and cancer.

The ideal candidate for the position will hold a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering or a related field, with a strong background in the design, fabrication and characterization of electrochemical/electronic biosensors and BioMEMS devices (microfluidic, microneedle arrays). Candidates should have experience working in a cleanroom environment. Secondary areas of expertise may include analytical chemistry, lateral flow assay development, wearable sensor development, mobile phone-biosensor integration, and wireless sensing. Candidates should have strong written and oral communication skills, and experience in writing scientific articles for conference proceedings and journal publications. The candidate will also be expected to aid in the supervision of graduate and undergraduate student researchers, and in the preparation of research proposals and grant reports.

Education RequiredMajor/Discipline

Mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, bioengineering or a related field, with a focus on BioMEMS and biosensors.

Education PreferredExperience RequiredExperience Preferred

- Development of microfluidic and micro-analytical devices
- Development of lateral flow biosensors
- Development of wearable sensors
- Development of mobile phone-based biosensors

Skills RequiredSkills Preferred

- Knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices, including lab safety practices
- Proficiency in the use of scientific equipment
- Strong organizational, record keeping, and computer skills

Physical Demands

- Must be able to work at a computer for extended periods of time (up to eight hours)
- Requires manual dexterity for pipetting and other aspects of experimental protocols
- Moderate lifting and carrying (up to 25 pounds) of computers and laboratory equipment

Working Conditions

May require extended working hours in evenings and weekends to run experiments and meet required deadlines. May require travel.

Security SensitiveEssential PersonnelRice University Standard of Civility

Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

Special Instructions to ApplicantsQuick Link for Posting FunctionsApplicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
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    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * Do you have a PhD or other doctoral degree in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, bioengineering or a related field, with a focus on BioMEMS and biosensors?
      • Yes
      • No
      • Will have degree deferred before beginning of appointment
    2. * Do you have one or more years of experience in design, fabrication and characterization of electrochemical/electronic biosensors and BioMEMS devices, and working in a cleanroom environment?
      • Yes
      • No




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    Posted: 9/19/2019
    Application Due: 7/9/2020
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