Postdoctoral Research Associate – Paper-based point-of-care devices

Job description

Job no: 507343
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Non-Benefited - Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Chemical Engineering
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grant
Applications Open: Jun 02 2021
Applications Close: Open until filled

General Summary of Position:

The multidisciplinary and collaborative lab of Dr. Gulden Camci-Unal at the University of Massachusetts Lowell seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate with extensive experiences in paper-based point-of-care devices, in vitro diagnostics, ELISA-based assays, microfluidics, and biosensors to develop low-cost point-of-care diagnostics platforms for rapid and multiplexed detection of biomolecules and biomarkers in biological samples.

The initial appointment will be for 18 months contingent upon productivity, successful performance and the availability of funding.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Develop paper-based point-of-care devices for singleplex and multiplex detection of biomarkers for in vitro diagnostics
  • Use principles of ELISA-based assays for biosensor development
  • Optimize conditions for singleplex and multiplex detection of biomarkers in paper microfluidic devices
  • Use image analysis for color quantification of the detected biomarkers
  • Review appropriate literature pertaining to current or proposed research
  • Prepare materials for publications and grant applications
  • Present results in group meetings and project seminars
  • Supervise graduate students

Minimum Qualifications (Required):


  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology or a related field
  • Industrial experience in point-of-care testing and in vitro diagnostics although not required can be a plus
  • Highly motivated candidates with strong oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, interpersonal and teamwork skills are encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required
  • Given the nature and responsibilities of the position, only U.S. persons (any individual who is a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien of the United States, or a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C.1324b(a)(3)) will be considered for this position.


  • Analytical thinking
  • ELISA-based assays
  • In vitro diagnostics
  • Multiplexed detection of biomarkers
  • Paper-based point-of-care devices
  • Colorimetric image analysis
  • Microfluidics
  • Biosensors

Additional Considerations:

  • Ability to work independently, with limited direction, as well as within a team environment
  • Ability to mentor and inspire students with limited research experience
  • Experience in paper-based point-of-care devices, in vitro diagnostics, microfluidics, and biosensors

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

This position is contingent upon funding. The initial appointment will be for 18 months contingent upon productivity, successful performance and the availability of funding.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process. Submission of a research statement is optional.




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Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 9/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time