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Postdoctoral Fellow 2 X Ray - Agile System Sponberg Lab

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia

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Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow 2 X Ray - Agile System Sponberg Lab
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 269899
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Atlanta, GA

Job Summary

The College of Sciences ( at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in the School of Physics ( Professor Simon Sponberg's research group is active in exploring the physical and physiological mechanisms underlying agile animal movement.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate an exceptional commitment to the teaching and mentoring of students.


The Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Physics will be a member of the Agile System Lab to work the multi-scale physics of muscle as a versatile actuator under the direction of Professor Simon Sponberg. As part of their employment, the postdoc will participate in a large multi-university team collaboration on muscle biophysics and movement in unsteady conditions involving biologists, physicists, applied mathematicians, and mechanical engineers. The postdoc will help with the execution and facilitation of this project.

This role will be vitally important to the success of this project and will also be responsible for mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students within the group and as part of the multi-university research team. The postdoctoral fellowship offers a competitive salary and benefits.

As a Research University in the University System of Georgia, it is vital that Georgia Tech maintain a vibrant research program to fulfill its missions in scholarship, instruction, and service. Georgia Tech's research program provides doctoral training opportunities as well as important experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students.

Required Qualifications

PhD in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Biophysics, Materials or Related Fields.

Preferred Qualifications

The candidate will have a background in experimental biophysics, biophysical modeling, soft matter, x-ray scattering or diffraction, muscle physiology, biomechanics, or related disciplines. In addition, expertise in working with biological tissue experiments, materials testing, multiscale modeling, or muscle physiology would facilitate project goals.

The successful candidate will have some relevant experience, being amenable to training in related topics, and be available to show both independent problem solving and the ability to work together in a collaborative multidisciplinary lab environment.

Student Success Criteria

· The ability to teach and mentor a diverse student body


· The ability to promote an inclusive and welcoming educational/work environment.

Required Documents to Attach

Applicants should prepare the following materials as PDF files: (1) a cover letter briefly summarizing their scientific background, strengths, research interests, and why they are a good fit for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications, and (3) the names of three references willing to provide letters of recommendation.

Application materials should be submitted as .PDF files via Applications will be considered beginning April 1, 2024, but the search will continue until the positions are filled.

Contact Information

Requests for information may be directed to Please use "Postdoc 2 X Ray Inquiry" as the title of the email.

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Other Information

An earned doctorate is required by the start of the appointment, and a background check must be completed prior to beginning employment.

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