Post-Doctoral Fellow

Job description

Position Number:


Functional Title:

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Position Type:


Position Eclass:

EP - EHRA 12 mo leave earning

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The mission of the Nanoscience department is to prepare students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to conduct basic and advanced research in Nanoscience in industrial, governmental, or academic settings. Within this context, the Nanoscience Department provides a graduate level trans-disciplinary educational and discovery research experience in the nanosciences, sustainable nanosystems, innovation, and community engaged outreach. It also works collaboratively with the Nanoengineering Department to achieve an integrated foundational research program in emerging high impact areas. Scientists in this new and emerging field seek to comprehend, gather and organize knowledge of the nanoworld through careful observations and creative, visionary thinking. Nanoscience is a multidisciplinary field bringing together vast knowledge from mathematics and all the core sciences: physics, biology, chemistry, and from their derivatives such as material science, pharmacology, neurochemistry, ecology, etc. Consequently, nanoscientists are scientists engaging in an organized activity of manipulation of materials at atomic, molecular, and macromolecular scales that are versatile and fluent in mathematics and the core sciences with a particular world view based on the synergy of these core sciences and on their derived applications to the macro world. Nanoscience is a new way of thinking about old things.

Position Summary:

The Department of Nanoscience is seeking to hire a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Semiconductor Synthetic Biology (SemiSynBio). The goal of SemiSynBio is to develop the next-generation information storage technologies that are driven by biological principles and use biomaterials in the fabrication of high capacity long-term storage devices that are more efficient than the current system. This postdoctoral fellowship position is part of an NSF funded project that focuses on the development of a novel sustainable and scalable DNA-based digital data storage system in which the information bits will be written, stored, and read through direct mutation of DNA. The goal of JSNN is to serve underrepresented cohorts of students through education, economic development, and engagement of the central North Carolina Piedmont Triad regions.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Ph.D. in a relevant science or engineering field associated with one or more the following areas of experience areas: biophysics, bioinformatics, biotechnology, computational biology, systems biology, synthetic biology, soft material engineering, and/or microfluidics.
• A record of publication in their research area.
• Ability to communicate effectively with researchers from various backgrounds.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are asked to provide the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three (3) contacts to provide Letters of Recommendation, in the References section of the electronic application. These contacts will be solicited by the SpartanTalent system via email and asked to provide a confidential Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. This will occur as soon as the applicant submits the application for consideration.

Applicants are required to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References

Applicants are required to upload a list of references of at least three (3) professional references that includes:

  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number

Applications are not successfully submitted until an online confirmation number has been received at the end of the application process.

Recruitment Range:


Org #-Department:

Dean's Office - NN - 13201

Job Open Date:


For Best Consideration Date:


Open Until Filled:




Type of Appointment:

Time Limited

If time-limited, please specify end date for appointment.:

One year with possible reappointment

Number of Months per Year:




Percentage Of Time:


Key Responsibility:

Generation of Molecular Memory System based on DNA storage

Essential Tasks:

Synthesis and application of microfluidic systems that manipulate DNA, enzymatic modification systems, and other components of biomolecular based, computational/bioinformatic analysis of data associated with DNA storage systems, and application of living cellular systems for DNA information storage.

Percentage Of Time:


Key Responsibility:

Data presentation, analysis, and archiving

Essential Tasks:

Public presentation of data and information produced from project in the forms of manuscripts, posters, oral presentations, and other media such as videos and websites. Storage and organization of the data in a long term data for data sharing with peers and the science community which includes a laboratory notebook and electronic cloud storage systems.

Percentage Of Time:


Key Responsibility:

Lab maintenance and organization

Essential Tasks:

Maintain the lab supplies, consumables, and equipment central to the project; assist in training students and faculty in techniques associated with the project.

Physical Effort:

Hand Movement-Repetitive Motions - o, Hand Movement-Grasping - F, Holding - f, Finger Dexterity - o, Reading - f, Writing - f, Eye-hand coordination - o, Vision-Color Distinction - o, Vision-Preparing/Analyzing figures - o, Vision-Visual inspection - o, Talking - o, Standing - o, Sitting - o, Walking - o, Lifting-0-30 lbs. - o, Lifting-30-60 lbs. - o, Climbing-Stairs - r, Climbing-Ladders - r, Bending - r




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Job No:
Posted: 4/23/2021
Application Due: 7/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time