Postdoctoral Research Scholar

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Vacancy TypePost DocIs Internal Transfer OnlyNoTime-Limited Appointment LengthNoIf Yes, Appointment Length1 year contingent upon fundingWorking TitlePostdoctoral Research ScholarAnticipated Hiring Range$48,000 - $50,000Position Number00107770Work ScheduleMonday-Friday (additional hours as needed)Full Time Equivalent (FTE)1.00Department140401 - Electrical & Computer Engr.Department 140401 - Electrical & Computer Engr.Job City & StateRaleigh, NCEssential Job Duties

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at North Carolina State University has 57 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, over 950 undergraduate students, 580 master’s graduate students, and 260 doctoral graduate students. It is one of the top 5 suppliers of ECE talent at the BS level in the US, ranks #9 internationally among Electrical & Electronic Engineering Departments according to the Shanghai Global Rankings, and ranks in the top 10 ECE Departments in total annual research expenditures (ASEE). The department is located in state-of-the-art facilities on NC State University’s Centennial Campus.
NC State also serves as the headquarters for National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST). It is also home to state-of-the-art cleanroom and nano-characterization centers housed in in the Nanofabrication Facility (NNF) and Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF), respectively.
Raleigh, NC State’s home, is located in the technology-rich Research Triangle metropolitan area, which enables ECE faculty members to collaborate frequently with local industry partners. The Research Triangle area is routinely recognized in nationwide surveys as one of the best places to live in the United States. We enjoy outstanding public schools, affordable housing, and great weather, all in the proximity of the mountains and the seashore.

The Laboratory for Electronics in Advanced Devices and Systems (LEADS), under the direction of Prof. Spyridon Pavlidis, is seeking a postdoctoral research scholar to work in the area sweat-based monitoring of stress. The candidate will be expected to:

- Develop and execute microfabrication processes for sensor microelectrodes
- Develop and execute aptamer-based functionalization of gold surfaces
- Characterize the performance of the fabricated sensors in artificial sweat

Other Work/Responsibilities

- Prepare manuscripts and technical reports, and present the work at international conferences
- Participate in grant preparation
- Assist with the training of undergraduate and graduate students.

Minimum Experience/Education

Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in appropriate field awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment.

Departmental Required Skills

Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in appropriate field (Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry) awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment.

The successful candidate should have a track record of publications in high-quality journals and/or conferences, as well as demonstrated experience performing semiconductor device design, fabrication and characterization expertise. The candidate must have the ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

The candidate will be expected to participate in the development of next generation wide bandgap semiconductor power devices. The following skills are therefore desirable:

- Knowledge of thiol chemistry for gold-based surface functionalization
- Knowledge of aptamers and aptamer-based sensing
- Electrical characterization of potentiometric sensors
- Fabrication of microelectrodes

The candidate should also exhibit a history of creativity and willingness to explore new problems. A complementary background to the abovementioned skills (e.g., knowledge of high-frequency and/or nanomaterial-based devices) is welcome. The candidate should equally possess the ability to adapt to both applied projects with industrial partners as well as fundamental studies with academic collaborators.

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applicants will receive consideration starting September 20, 2019.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and names and complete contact information for two professional references, including email addresses and phone numbers.

Questions can be sent via e-mail to the PI at [email protected]

Job Open Date09/18/2019Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.09/30/2019Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?NoProposed Hire Date10/01/2019AA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you selected "Other" for the previous question, please provide the source you learned about this opportunity from.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you or will you have your PhD by start date?
    • Yes
    • No
Application Materials RequiredRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Contact Information for References
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    Posted: 9/20/2019
    Application Due: 12/19/2019
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