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Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Chemical Engineering
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Engineering, Research / Scientific

Job Description

A postdoctoral associate position in the area of organoid design and engineering is available in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg VA, USA). The post-doctoral associate will be responsible for developing novel techniques for designing organoids, including methods for analyzing their properties using single-cell techniques. The postdoctoral associate will also be responsible for data management and dissemination of scientific results.

The postdoctoral associate will closely interact with the Pandemic Prevention and Prediction Destination Area. The associate will have opportunities to collaborate with virologists, drug designers, and computational biologists. Projects will include developing organoids to support the complete life cycle of viruses and high-throughput testing of candidate anti-viral drugs. Candidates should demonstrate all relevant qualifications (see required and preferred qualifications below) in their application packet.

Required Qualifications

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Biological Sciences or related field. The PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.

• Strong knowledge of tissue engineering, organoid development, cell-based methodologies, biochemical measurements and biomaterials
• Existing knowledge on how to use organoids to investigate pathogen infectivity
• Strong track record of scientific productivity and publications
• Experience managing several projects simultaneously
• Excellent communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

• Interest in collaborating with virologists and drug discovery researchers
• Prior experience in trans- and multi-disciplinary projects
• Enthusiasm to learn how to use organoids to investigate pathogen infectivity
• Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with investigators in other disciplines


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

April 22, 2024

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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