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Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies

September, 2018
Immediate Opening:  Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

The Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies (CIGHT) is recruiting to fill one full-time year-long postdoctoral fellow appointment to develop and optimize molecular diagnostic tests for infectious diseases designed for an integrated molecular platform (in development) for use at the point-of-care.


CIGHT, located on the Evanston Campus of Northwestern University, pursues its mission of working in alliance with corporate, not-for-profit, and education partners to not merely develop, but also bring to market comprehensive, context-appropriate healthcare solutions that integrate seamlessly with the lives of patients and medical practitioners. CIGHT is unique among academic global health organizations in that it actively pursues and achieves commercialization of its innovative medical technologies—using strategies that keep them affordable and available to their targeted user groups. CIGHT’s environment is fast-paced, collaborative, and entrepreneurial.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering or related field.  Mastery of developing assays for nucleic acid amplification and detection strongly desired. Experimental strategies include RNA and DNA preparation from blood and other bodily fluids, real time RT-PCR based assay development, T7 transcription, cDNA synthesis.  He/she may supervise research technicians and coordinate with technical transfer of developed assays.
  • Must have a strong experimental background and demonstrated expertise in at least two of the following fields: microfluidics, molecular diagnostics, real-time PCR, point-of-care testing, infectious disease detection or cancer early diagnostics.
  • Keep up-to-date with technical and theoretical knowledge related to molecular diagnosis of infectious disease.
  • Generate, compile and present experimental data with appropriate conclusions, recommendations, etc. pertinent to research activity.
  • Present scientific/research contents in institutional, national and international forums.
  • Provide support for the daily operations of the Lab, including training/supervising technicians and junior fellows.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned by the PI.
  • Experience working with human pathogens with BSL 2 practices.

Application Process

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names/phone numbers of three people who could provide letters of reference by email to Sally McFall, Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. This is a one-year appointment renewed annually following a performance review.

Christina Enroth-Cugell and David Cugell Postdoctoral Fellowship in Visual Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

The fellowship will provide support for two years, subject to satisfactory research progress, and is intended for applicants with no more than one year of postdoctoral experience.  One fellowship will be awarded every year and permit applicants to work with Northwestern University researchers in the field of vision.  Applicants are encouraged to work in the area of overlap between visual neuroscience and biomedical engineering.  Applications from all countries are welcome.

Researchers in vision at Northwestern University:

Mark Johnson (Glaucoma)
John Troy (Visual Prostheses, Neuroprotection in Glaucoma)
Hao Zhang (Optical Imaging)
Steven DeVries (Retinal Circuitry)
Tiffany Schmidt (Biological Rhythms, Retinal Circuitry)
Gregory Schwartz (Retinal Circuitry)
Yongling Zhu (Retinal Circuitry) 


Applicants should identify one or more potential faculty mentors in their application, and submit a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae to:

Professor John Troy