Postdoctoral Research Associate

Posting Details

Job Title Postdoctoral Research Associate Department Bioengineering Full Time/Part Time Full-Time Requisition Number P21014 Open Date 09/22/2020 Close Date Benefits Eligible Yes Position Summary

A postdoctoral associate position in mammalian synthetic biology is available in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University. We are looking for a creative, highly motivated postdoctoral researcher interested in doing path-breaking research in the area of synthetic regulatory network engineering.

The lab ( ) is located in the BRC building, situated between Rice University campus and Texas Medical Center, which offers state-of-the art facilities and excellent working conditions amidst a vibrant biomedical research community. Rice has an active postdoctoral training community ( and features a broad, world-class synthetic biology research community.

Consistent with the National Research Council’s report, Convergence: Facilitating Transdisciplinary Integration of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Beyond, we are seeking candidates who have demonstrated ability to lead and work in research groups that “… [integrate] the knowledge, tools, and ways of thinking…” from engineering, mathematics, and computational, natural, social and behavioral sciences to solve societal problems using a convergent approach.

We seek greater representation of women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans in disciplines in which they have historically been underrepresented; to attract international students from a wider range of countries and backgrounds; to accelerate progress in building a faculty and staff who are diverse in background and thought; and we support an inclusive environment that fosters interaction and understanding within our diverse community.

The George R. Brown School of Engineering ranks among the top 20 of undergraduate engineering programs (US News & World Report) and is strongly committed to nurturing the aspirations of faculty, staff and students in an inclusive environment.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Education Required

Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate


Bioengineering, biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, or applied physics

Education Preferred Experience Required

No experience required.

Experience Preferred Skills Required

- Knowledge of molecular biology
- Familiarity with mammalian tissue culture and cloning
- Familiarity with gene expression control in mammalian cells
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as oral presentation skills
- Organization and time management skills
- Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analyses
- Able to work in a collaborative environment
- Able to work independently and professionally with minimal supervision and direction

Skills Preferred

- Flow cytometry
- Fluorescence microscopy
- Programming matlab

Physical Demands


Working Conditions

Laboratory and office environments

Security Sensitive

As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425 , this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Essential Personnel

Position is not considered essential during a campus emergency.

Rice University Standard of Civility

Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

Special Instructions to Applicants Quick Link for Posting Essential Functions

Depending on the project space, the incumbent:
- Designs and tests synthetic mammalian signaling and transcriptional circuitry for use in cell-based therapeutics
- Leverages synthetic circuitry to rewire immune cell function for therapeutic drug delivery
- Documents, analyzes, and maintains research data
- Assists with proposal development to obtain research funding
- Writes scholarly papers based on ongoing research and submits them to journals for publication
- Publishes and presents research findings
- Supports project management and collaboration across institutions or disciplines
- Provides academic services (ie. teaching classes) to the department as required
- Performs all other duties as assigned

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