Optofluidics and Micro-/Nanofluidics Postdoctoral Scholar
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
August 22, 2018
Berkeley, United States
Berkeley Lab's Molecular Biophysics & Integrated BioImagingDivision has an opening for a Optofluidics and Micro-/Nanofluidics Postdoctoral Scholar. The Berkeley Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology Imaging program is operated as a national user resource for infrared imaging of live biological systems at the Advanced Light Source. As part of our technology R&D effort, we are seeking a Postdoctoral Scientist/Engineer to join our multidisciplinary team working to develop new imaging capabilities. The incumbent will contribute to the planning and development of novel micro- and nano-fluidics systems and their integration with infrared spectral microscopy and mass spectrometry imaging technologies. You will engage in high-quality collaborative technology R&D, data analysis, and publication activities. You will participate in (1) developing new capabilities that would accelerate BSISB's achievement to meet DOE's missions, and (2) preparing and submitting competitive proposals to external funding agencies, and establish new external research collaborations.
What You Will Do:
Design, fabricate, and optimize functionality of silicon- and glass-based micro- and nanofluidics in support of our far-field infrared spectroscopy and mass spectrometry imaging missions.
Design, fabricate, and optimize functionality of droplet-based DMF, DMC, and MEMS in support of our near-field imaging missions.
Acquire, analyze, interpret and integrate data.
Be a strong technical and scientific communicator and contributor within a multidisciplinary team.
Disseminate results by preparing progress reports in the form of oral presentations (pptx), written progress reports, and manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications.
Assist in preparing and submitting competitive proposals to external funding agencies, and establish new external research collaborations.
Maintain a clean and safe working environment.
What is Required:
Recent PhD in chemistry, engineering (e.g. bioengineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering) or a related discipline.
A proven record of effectively designing, preparing, and implementing project goals and milestones.
Proven excellent time management skills.
Significant knowledge and hands-on experience with microfabrication techniques for silicon and glass, including photolithography, thin film deposition of insulators (i.e. silicon dioxide, silicon nitride) and metals (i.e. PECVD, thermal evaporation, e-beam evaporation, etc.), reactive ion etching, wet etching (isotropic and anisotropic).
Significant hands-on experience with fabrication of hybrid integrated silicon microfluidic platform.
Significant hands-on experience with general microfluidic devices, including PDMS-based fabrication by soft lithography.
Significant hands-on experience with droplet-based DMF, DMC, and MEMS.
Significant knowledge and hands-on experience with COMSOL Multiphysics and/or MATLAB microfluidic device simulation.
Significant experience in ray optics simulations of light propagation and absorption in micro and nano-fluidics systems.
Proven capabilities to work collaboratively, reporting results internally to fellow researchers through weekly meetings, and externally through conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications.
A proven track record in preparing research publications and communicating results at professional meetings.
Excellent written and oral communications skills.
Proven excellent people-skills for working in a dynamic team environment.
Ability to work outside established field of expertise.
Familiar with general imaging techniques such as but not limited to live cell fluorescence total-internal-reflection microscopy, fluorescence confocal imaging.
Data analysis and computational skills: univariate and multivariate statistical analysis; proficient in Matlab, Java, Python, or R.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
A strong desire to work in a multidisciplinary technology R&D environment and to collaborate with researchers with different background and skill sets.
Excellent experience/knowledge in synthesis of well-defined liposomes (e.g. GUVs, dsGUVs) using microfluidics.
Significant experience in TOF mass spectrometry, XPS, SEM, TEM, FTIR.
Automation and control of microfluidic apparatus for environmental research involving terrestrial matrix (e.g. soils, sediments, biofilms).
Strong knowledge and experience in rapid prototyping and 3D printing.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 2 years, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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