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Post-Doctoral Research Associate (F1006A1)

Old Dominion University
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biotechnology & Bioengineering
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Full Time
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The Center for Bioelectronics at Old Dominion University is seeking outstanding candidates for a post-doctoral research associate position with a focus on biosensor & bioelectronics development and organic materials integration. This position is a non-permanent appointment, renewable each year up to a max of two years. The successful candidate will make key contributions to process development for polymeric/ composite materials to integrate sensors and bioelectronic devices. The individual will be responsible for designing, documenting, and implementing materials synthesis techniques pertaining to polymeric films, “smart” materials exhibiting multi-functionality, the design and development of biosensors and bioelectronic devices, and circuit design of wireless implantable and wearable devices. In addition, the qualified individual will play a key role in evaluating aging and compatibility of novel materials for implantable and wearable applications in broad collaboration with other researchers in the lab. Finally, the candidate is expected to serve as a mentor for technicians and students.

Minimum Qualifications - knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

  • Deep technical skills and knowledge of developing novel biosensor diagnostics and therapeutic devices using principles, materials, and structures that are implantable and wearable.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, as evidenced by a strong academic publication record and presentations at national conferences in a specific technical area.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects with established deliverables, milestones, timelines and requirements.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, chemists, materials scientists, etc. 
  • A solid background in principles of electrical circuits and microfabrication processes. 
  • Experience with wearable and implantable sensor development, and other circuit development techniques.
  • Understand the basic processing, properties and mechanics of soft materials. 
  • Experience with technical writing in the form of manuscripts, reports, standard operating procedures, and other documentation related to research, process development and associated specifications.
  • Experience in working with Biosafety Level-2 (BSL-2), proficiency in standard cell- and molecular-biological techniques, and real-time imaging of biosensors.

Minimum Qualifications - Education or training: A Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials/Polymer Science, Chemistry, Materials Engineering, or a related field is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Previous postdoctoral research experience preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants / Additional Materials Required:

Applicants must apply online at A complete application will include a letter of interest expressing the candidate’s interest in the position and how their qualifications meet the posted requirements, a curriculum vitae, a diversity/inclusion statement, and contact information for three professional references (who will be contacted via the application system upon submitting your application to submit a recommendation letter). Applications will be reviewed starting on November 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Conditions of Employment: In accordance with Executive Directive #18 issued by Governor Ralph Northam effective September 1, 2021, all Old Dominion University employees who enter the workplace or work remotely must disclose their vaccine status to the designated university personnel.  Employees who are not fully vaccinated or who refuse to disclose their current vaccine status, must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and disclose weekly the results of those tests to designated university personnel.

Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a state-assisted, Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. Its 24,000 students, including over 6,000 graduate students, form a diverse and multicultural community in six academic colleges. Through a collaborative and innovative approach to education and research, the University focuses on student learning and addresses critical needs in the professions. ODU’s programs are offered on the main campus, at higher education centers in the region, and at numerous distance learning sites.

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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