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Functional optical imaging lab

Functional Optical Imaging lab (FOIL) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University is looking for two new postdoctoral fellows to join our extremely friendly, vibrant, productive, and collaborative group to develop novel optical coherence tomography and super-resolution imaging technologies.

  1. Optical coherence tomography: to design, develop, and validate new technologies for visible-light optical coherence tomography for small animals and humans. We especially encourage applicants with expertise on optical instrumentation using Zemax and Solidworks, or expertise on signal and image processing for retinal optical coherence tomography with a strong background in machine learning and Python. Experiences with small animal imaging and human retinal imaging are desired but not required.
  2. Super-resolution imaging: to design, develop, and validate new technologies for spectroscopic single-molecule localization microscopy. We especially encourage applicants with expertise on optical instrumentation using Zemax and Solidworks, or expertise on signal and image processing for STORM/PALM with a strong background in Python or JAVA programming, or expertise on developing new fluorescence labeling technologies for STORM. Experiences with cell culture and fluorescence labeling are required.

The successful candidates will be based on the Evanston campus and will work closely with collaborators from Northwestern and other institutions across the US. FOIL will provide a competitive salary and all the necessary resources to prepare members for their future careers in either academics or industry.
Please submit a CV, a cover letter, and names and contact information of three references to H. F. Zhang (hfzhang @ northwestern.edu).

For more information about the lab, please visit the FOIL website http://foil.northwestern.edu. For more information about Northwestern University, the City of Evanston, and the greater Chicago metropolitan area, please visit http://www.tgs.northwestern.edu.

Posted 7/6/2020

Postdoctoral Opportunities - Optics

The Center for Physical Genomics and Engineering is a pioneer in the development of novel super-resolution imaging and nano-sensing technologies, and currently has two optics-related openings for postdoctoral fellows. For either role, candidates must have a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, medical physics, or a related field. The successful candidates are expected to possess excellent written and oral communication skills in English, a good publication record in peer-reviewed journals, and be highly motivated with demonstrable experience in modern optics.

One position is focused on developing endoscopic optical coherence tomography (OCT) technologies to quantitatively study changes to microvascular function and tissue nanoscale organization in response to disease progression. Candidates must have experience in optical imaging device development, fiber optics, spectroscopy, and Matlab or Python. Strong preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral training and/or experience with optical coherence tomography, endoscopic imaging, broadband light sources, fiber optic splicing, machine learning techniques, and modeling of optical systems (Zemax). Demonstrated creativity through patents and novel high impact publications is a plus.

The second position is focused on super-resolution microscopy and single molecule localization techniques. Candidates must have experience in optical microscopy development, design and use; strong preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral training and/or experience in the fields of super-resolution microscopy (especially single molecule localization techniques), spectral microscopy and/or other nanoscale imaging techniques. Experience with immuno-fluorescence and cell preparation is desired.

Successful candidates will work under the direction of Dr. Vadim Backman, Walter Dill Scott Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and Molecular Genetics, and Director of the Center for Physical Genomics and Engineering at Northwestern University.

Outstanding candidates interested in this opportunity are encouraged to send a CV to Benjamin Keane at: b-keane@northwestern.edu.

Updated 6/24/2020

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN RETINAL MICROENVIRONMENT AND METABOLISM

A postdoctoral position is available to study the microenvironment and metabolism of the isolated mammalian retina. The overall goal of the NIH-funded project is to use microelectrodes that measure oxygen, ions, and the electroretinogram, coupled with mathematical modeling, to obtain information on the spatial distribution of metabolic processes across the retina. The ideal candidate would have experience in neuroscience, ideally electrophysiology of the retina, and an interest in mathematical modeling of transport processes. The laboratory is situated in an environment at Northwestern University with strengths in visual science, neuroscience and biomedical engineering.

The position is available December 1, 2019 and will remain open until filled. Please direct questions, or send a resume and cover letter, to Robert Linsenmeier (r-linsenmeier@northwestern.edu).

Updated 6/24/2020

GRADUATE STUDENT POSITION AVAILABLE - FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS IN CANCERS

The laboratory of Dr. Zhe Ji at Northwestern University (https://sites.northwestern.edu/jilab/) seeks Ph.D. students working on the regulation of gene transcription and RNA translation in cancers. The lab is affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at McCormick School of Engineering and the Department of Pharmacology at Feinberg School of Medicine. Our group uses cutting-edge high-throughput genomic technologies, such as single-cell RNA-seq, ribosome profiling, ATAC-seq, ChIP-seq and CLIP-seq, and computational modeling to identify key genes and associated regulatory circuits underlying oncogenic processes. We aim to reveal novel cancer therapeutic strategies for precision medicine and immunotherapy. The students can choose to work on experimental and/or computational genomics.

Interested candidates should send a CV and cover letter to Dr. Zhe Ji (zhe.ji@northwestern.edu).

Updated 6/24/2020

Postdoctoral Position in Fundamentals of Organic Mixed Conductors 

A postdoctoral position is currently available in the laboratory of Dr. Jonathan Rivnay in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University, to study the structure and transport properties of organic (semi)conductors for mixed ionic/electronic transport. The project involves in situ and operando structural and spectroscopic approaches towards the design of new materials/composites. Successful candidates should be highly motivated and have a Ph.D. in Materials Science, Physical Chemistry or related fields, with a strong background in scattering, imaging, or spectroscopy. The Rivnay group explores the unique aspects of electrically and optically active polymers for sensing and actuation to address mismatches at the biotic/abiotic interface. For more information on Dr. Rivnay’s research visit rivnay.northwestern.edu. The position may be based in Northwestern’s Chicago and/or Evanston campuses, with periodic experiments at the Advanced Photo Source (APS) at Argonne National Lab.

Application Instructions:

Interested individuals should send a C.V., the names of three references, and a cover letter describing research interests and accomplishments and how these align with the posted position and the interests of the Rivnay group. These items should be combined in a single pdf and emailed to: 

Jonathan Rivnay
Northwestern University
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
jrivnay@northwestern.edu

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis: those received by August 1, 2020 will receive full consideration, closing date: September 1, 2020.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact Us: jrivnay@northwestern.edu

posted 6/23/2020

Postdoctoral Position in Organic Bioelectronics - Devices & Circuits 

A postdoctoral position is currently available jointly in the laboratory of Dr. Jonathan Rivnay in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University, to develop novel organic electronic-based devices and circuits. The project involves device fabrication, testing, and design of hybrid circuits for signal processing and amplification. Successful candidates should be highly motivated and have a Ph.D. with a strong background in organic electronic materials and devices, and some background in device physics and/or electrical engineering. The Rivnay group explores the unique aspects of electrically and optically active polymers for sensing and actuation to address mismatches at the biotic/abiotic interface. For more information on Dr. Rivnay’s research visit rivnay.northwestern.edu. The position may be based in Northwestern’s Chicago and/or Evanston campuses.

Application Instructions:

Interested individuals should send a C.V., the names of three references, and a cover letter describing research interests and accomplishments and how these align with the posted position and the interests of the Rivnay group. These items should be combined in a single pdf and emailed to: 

Jonathan Rivnay
Northwestern University
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
jrivnay@northwestern.edu

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis: those received by August 1, 2020 will receive full consideration, closing date: September 1, 2020.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact Us: jrivnay@northwestern.edu

posted 6/23/2020

Postdoctoral Position in Organic Bioelectronics - Biohybrid Tissue Electronics

A postdoctoral position is currently available jointly in the laboratories of Dr. Jonathan Rivnay and Dr. Guillermo Ameer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University, to develop novel functional materials for applications in bioelectronics and regenerative engineering. The project involves synthesis, processing and characterization of electroactive materials. Successful candidates should be highly motivated and have a Ph.D. with a strong background in synthesis of organic electronic materials (conjugated polymers/small molecules) and/or biomaterials, and should have a background in physical, optical and/or electrochemical materials characterization. The Rivnay group explores the unique aspects of electrically and optically active polymers for sensing and actuation to address mismatches at the biotic/abiotic interface. For more information on Dr. Rivnay’s research visit rivnay.northwestern.edu. The Ameer group studies biomaterials and cell-material interactions, and develops novel approaches for tissue engineering, wound healing, and targeted delivery. For more information visit, www.ameerlab.northwestern.edu/main.php. The position may be based in Northwestern’s Chicago and/or Evanston campuses, and will be affiliated with the Simpson Querrey Institute.

Application Instructions:

Interested individuals should send a C.V., the names of three references, and a cover letter describing research interests and accomplishments and how these align with the posted position and the interests of the Rivnay and Ameer research groups. These items should be combined in a single pdf and emailed to: 

Jonathan Rivnay
Northwestern University
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
jrivnay@northwestern.edu

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis: those received by August 1, 2020 will receive full consideration, closing date: September 1, 2020.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact Us: jrivnay@northwestern.edu

 Posted 6/23/2020

 

Postdoctoral Fellow—Regenerative Engineering

The Center for Advanced Regenerative Engineering (CARE) at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) has two post-doctoral associate positions available in the areas of musculoskeletal, bladder, and cardiovascular regenerative engineering research. Successful candidates will join a dynamic and multidisciplinary research team of researchers working on the following: a) development and evaluation of polymeric biomaterials for regenerative scaffolds, b) the integration of regenerative scaffolds with  their conformal electronics to enable sensing and actuation, c) use of patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) for regenerative therapies, and d) the engineering of transplant sites for the optimal engraftment of pancreatic islets. Applications will be considered immediately upon receipt and on a rolling basis through October 31, 2019.

Qualifications: PhD degree in Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering/Chemical Engineering/Chemistry or a field related closely related to the research described above; At least two published 1st-author publications in peer-reviewed journals within the past 2 years; Strong oral and written communication skills. Preference will be given to candidates with a track record of publications/research productivity in the following areas of specialization: biomaterials for tissue engineering, orthopaedics research, cardiovascular research, stem cell technology, and polymer design, synthesis, and characterization.

Interested candidates should send a combined PDF with a cover letter describing their research interests, CV, and three professional references to Guillermo Ameer, Sc.D., Director of the Center for Advanced Regenerative Engineering (g-ameer@northwestern.edu).

Northwestern University is an equal opportunity employer. 

Posted 10/9/2019

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Synthetic Cell Design

Project summary: The Kamat lab is seeking a motivated recent or pending PhD graduate for a project focused on designing a synthetic cell. This NSF sponsored project will investigate strategies to optimize a cell-free biochemical reaction in synthetic vesicles. The project is a collaboration between the labs in Northwestern’s Center of Synthetic Biology (Kamat, Tullman-Ercek, Bagheri, Jewett, Lucks, Leonard, Tyo, Prindle, and Mrksich) that will involve the use of cell-free extracts, compartmentalization strategies using bacterial microcompartments and bilayer vesicles, and machine learning techniques. The postdoctoral associate will use a multidisciplinary approach to construct bilayer vesicles and encapsulate cell-free expression systems. They will conduct gene expression analysis, biophysical characterization of membranes, and imaging analysis in order to optimize structural and chemical features of synthetic vesicles and carry out a multi-step biochemical reaction. The project will focus on answering the following key questions:

  1. How does segregation of cell-free expression components and select enzymes involved in a multi-step pathway influence the kinetics of the reaction and yield of desired biochemical product?
  2. How can vesicle membranes be designed to selectively control the transport of key substrates and biochemical intermediates such that a biochemical reaction is optimized?
  3. How can bacterial microcompartments be designed to segregate select enzymes to make specific intermediate products in a biochemical reaction?
  4. How can the temporal dynamics of a biochemical reaction be controlled through careful design of vesicle and bacterial compartments?

Suggested qualifications: Qualified applicants should have a completed PhD in the area of synthetic biology, bioengineering, chemical engineering, membrane biophysics, or a similar field. Some experience with cell-free expression techniques, molecular biology techniques, and vesicle assembly and characterization techniques is important. Experience with microfluidic techniques is encouraged but not required.

 To apply, please send your CV, a list of 3 references, and a cover letter to Neha Kamat (nkamat@northwestern.edu).

Posted 10/9/2019