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Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Associate Positions in Infectious Disease Diagnostics
University of Texas, Dallas

Date Posted Jul. 29, 2020
Title Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Associate Positions in Infectious Disease Diagnostics
University University of Texas, Dallas
Richardson, TX, United States
Department Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Sep. 1, 2020
Position Start Date Oct. 1, 2020
  • Graduate Student
  • Optics & Optical Engineering
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)

The Nano-Bioengineering Laboratory at University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) is looking for highly motivated PhD candidates and postdoctoral associates to join our dynamic and fast-growing lab. Our interdisciplinary research focus is on developing nanotechnology-based approaches to better understand the brain and revolutionizing point-of-care infectious disease diagnosis. Recent efforts have led to new enabling tools for optical manipulation and molecular release in the brain, and innovative diagnostic methods. Our work is externally funded by federal and state agencies (NSF, NIH, CDMRP and CPRIT) and non-profit organizations (American Heart Association). Our lab closely works with active researchers both at UT Dallas and other institutes including from UT Southwestern Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Yale University. Candidates will have ample opportunities to work with collaborators to acquire and develop new skills.

Several positions in the interdisciplinary area of infectious disease diagnosis is available immediately. We seek applicants with a strong background in engineering, biology, chemistry, or related fields. Particularly, candidates are expected to have experience in in vitro or in vivo diagnosis, nanomaterials development, microfabrication, state of the art imaging technology, optical engineering, and digital signal processing, etc. A combination of these skills is useful but not required. Ideal candidates should be able to work in a collaborative environment, lead projects, learn new skills, communicate effectively, and accommodate some local or domestic travel for collaborative studies if necessary.

We seek graduate students and postdoctoral associates to work on a collaborative project with Dr. Jeffrey Kahn at UT Southwestern. This project involves engineering novel diagnostic methods based on plasmonic nanomaterials and optics, and improving current point-of-care diagnostic tests for respiratory infectious diseases diagnosis. We are looking for postdoctoral candidates who have a strong background in single-molecule-level diagnosis, microfluidic based detection, digital assays, and high-throughput data analysis and are willing to work with a collaborative team of nanomaterial scientists and diagnostic engineers. This project will be supported by NIH and DOD. Candidates are invited to apply at:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter indicating your interest, CV, top 3 publications and references to in PDF format to Dr. Qin ( Successful applicants will be offered with competitive salary and benefits. These positions are open immediately and we are interviewing candidates on a rolling basis.

  • The University of Texas at Dallas provides equality of opportunity in education and employment for all students and employees. Discrimination based upon race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, or veteran status is strictly prohibited. This means that no person will be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by the University.

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  • Zhenpeng Qin
    Mechanical Engineering
    University of Texas, Dallas
    Richardson, TX 75080-3021


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