The Lab for Synthetic Macromolecular Assemblies (PI: George Lu, website link ) at the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University has one to several openings for postdoctoral fellows. The lab focuses on the development of gas-filled protein nanostructures for a broad range of applications including cell and gene therapies, drug delivery, in vivo imaging, and material sciences. 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 and Mathers Foundation. The recruited postdoctoral fellow is expected to lead an independent project in the lab and aim to become a future team leader in academia or industry.
The ideal candidate will have one or several of the following expertise: (1) small-animal ultrasound imaging, (2) genetic engineering of mammalian cells, (3) computational protein design. Outstanding candidates without the listed expertise are welcome to apply. 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. The application 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 small-animal ultrasound imaging, genetic engineering of mammalian cells, computational protein design or another discipline relevant to the lab's research
Studies and engineers gas-filled protein nanostructures
Leads projects in the broadly defined synthetic biology field
Publishes papers and present 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
PhD in bioengineering, biochemistry, materials science, chemistry, or a related field
No experience required
Familiarity with literatures on small-animal ultrasound imaging, genetic engineering of mammalian cells, computational protein design 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
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
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