Research Associate

Position Information

Position Details

Position Number 90855
Class Title Research Associate
Job Description

This post doctoral research opportunity focuses combining microfabrication and cell culture to construct in vitro models of the human body or “Body-on-a-Chip” for use in drug development. Multiple organs and their physiological interactions are represented on a single device; these interactions are based on physiologically based pharmacokinetic models. Of particular interest will be to combine metabolically active tissue, such as from the liver, with electrically active tissues such as cardiac myocytes or neuronal cells and then conduct pharmacological studies in this system.

This project is joint between the laboratories of J. Hickman (UCF) and Mike Shuler (Cornell) and the student is expected to move between sites as necessary, but will spend the majority of time at UCF. Reimbursement for travel expenses will be provided and the successful candidate will have access to facilities in both universities.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and four years of appropriate experience. Appropriate college coursework may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience. If minimum requirements of the position do not require post high school education, an applicant is not required to provide the information on the application.

Additional Minimum Requirements

A PhD. in biomedical engineering/pharmacology/material science or related field is expected. Basic knowledge of techniques for microfabrication and/or cell culture is highly desirable. To apply please upload curriculum vitae, a brief description of prior research experience and the names and contact information of three referees to

Veterans’ Preference

Preference will be given to eligible veterans and their eligible spouses in accordance with Chapter 295 of the Florida Statutes. Applicants claiming preference are responsible for providing required documentation by the closing date of the position. For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit

Special Conditions

State Benefits eligibility for OPS employees are subject to criteria established by the State of Florida. The state’s benefits administrator, People First, determines eligibility and coordinates enrollment. If this position becomes eligible for state benefits the employee will be notified directly by People First.

This is an opportunity to join a dynamic center at the cutting edge of nanoscience technology, working with the Head of the Hybrid Systems Lab (see, and also to work with state-of-the-art surface modification and analysis, electrophysiology and immunocytochemical characterization facilities. Our group is conducting research in biological interface design for the creation of test- beds for functional cellular systems to investigate spinal cord repair, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiac function and lung diseases. The Hybrid Systems Lab is designing functional assays for high throughput analysis systems to screen drug candidates based on cell-cell communication in BioMEMS systems as well as creating hybrid systems for biosensor and biological computation applications and the creation of functional in vitro systems. UCF is located on the far east-side of Orlando, FL within easy drive to both the east and west coast beaches of Florida. The position includes an attractive compensation package. Applications should include: area of interest, curriculum vitae, publication list and four references that will need to be uploaded to .

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

FTE 1.0-Full-Time
Requisition Number 009181
Job Open Date 09/22/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Division Academic Affairs
College/Area Office of Research & Commercialization (Research)
Department Research-NanoScience Technology Center (NSTC)
Annual Salary $38,000 - $46,000
Type of Appointment for Staff OPS
If temporary, time limited, emergency, or multi -year contract, please specify timeframe
Job Category Staff
Additional Application Materials Required
Work Schedule


Work Location Orlando (Main)
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and four years of appropriate experience? Appropriate college coursework may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Will you now or in the the future require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status)?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Doc 1
  4. Other Doc 2
  5. Other Doc 3