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The Lab for Synthetic Macromolecular Assemblies (PI: George Lu, website link) at the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University has openings for postdoctoral fellows. The ideal candidates may have one of the following expertise: (1) microbiology and genetic engineering, (2) ultrasound physics and imaging method, or (3) mammalian synthetic biology. Outstanding candidates without the listed expertise are welcome to apply. The recruited postdoctoral fellow will lead an independent project in a broad range of areas including ultrasound imaging of cellular processes, engineering therapeutic cells for cell therapies, engineered living materials, and biomanufacturing. Candidates are welcomed to directly approach the PI through emails to discuss potential opportunities and projects.
Rice Bioengineering is one of the top biomedical engineering departments with its graduate program consistently ranked among the top 10 in the country, and the lab is well funded by awards from NIH, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, Welch Foundation, Mathers Foundation, and John Dunn Foundation.
All candidates should have strong written and oral communication skills, and will also be expected to aid in the supervision of junior lab members and the preparation of research proposals. Please specify whether sponsorship for a visa is needed during your application. Applications for postdoctoral fellowships will be encouraged, including both external and internal ones such as Rice University Academy of Fellows.
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Leads a project on ultrasound imaging, genetic engineering of mammalian cells, gene therapies, nanomaterials, computational protein design or another discipline relevant to the lab's research
Develops independent research interest as a future leader of a research team.
Publishes papers and presents findings at national and international conferences.
Mentors and trains junior research team members, such as PhD candidates, masters students and undergraduates
Assists with proposal development to obtain research funding
Assists with equipment setup, protocol development and role modeling best practices in rigorous science, record-keeping, lab safety and being a team player in the lab
Supports project management and collaboration across institutions or disciplines
Conducts laboratory experiments on ultrasound, genetic engineering, protein biochemistry, and/or cellular engineering
Leads projects in the broadly defined synthetic biology and protein engineering field
Performs all other duties as assigned
Familiarity with literatures on small-animal ultrasound imaging, genetic engineering of mammalian cells or another discipline relevant to the lab's research.
Knowledge of molecular biology, protein biochemistry, bioengineering and chemistry
Proficiency in (or ability to learn) genetic engineering, molecular cloning, molecular biology assays, bacterial culture
Proficiency in (or ability to learn) molecular cloning, molecular biology assays, bacterial culture
Proficiency in (or ability to learn) imaging techniques and image analysis
PhD in bioengineering, biochemistry, materials science, chemistry or a related field
No experience required
Curiosity, enthusiasm and drive to tackle challenging technical problems and complex biological questions drawing from literature, carefully designed experiments and models
Strong listening and verbal communication skills and ability to present in group meetings and conferences
Enthusiasm for leadership, assisting team members and creating a collaborative working environment
Ability to work independently, collaboratively and professionally
Strong written communication and understanding of manuscript and peer review process
Skills of (or ability to learn) genetic engineering, molecular cloning, molecular biology assays, bacterial culture
Skills of (or ability to learn) molecular cloning, molecular biology assays, bacterial culture
Skills of (or ability to learn) imaging techniques and image analysis
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