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Postdoctoral Associate, Microfabrication

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Position Number 20027
Class Title Postdoctoral Associate, Microfabrication
Administrative Title No Administrative Function
Job Description

This postdoctoral 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 postdoctoral associate 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.

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.

Position Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. from an accredited institution in biomedical engineering, pharmacology, material science, or a related field is required. Basic knowledge of techniques for microfabrication and/or cell culture is highly desirable.

Special Conditions
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.

Additional Application Materials Required

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload a curriculum vitae and a brief description of prior research experience.

Note: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.

Questions regarding this search may be directed to: Rebeca E Barrios, HR Coordinator, at, 407-882-1515.

FTE 1.0-Full-Time
Requisition Number 701135
Job Open Date 10/27/2017
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 Negotiable
Type of Appointment Postdoctoral
Job Category Postdoctoral
Work Location Orlando (Main)
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