Women postdocs interested in launching an independent research program, read this!

AMOLF is looking for outstanding young researchers, ideally at the postdoc level, who are eager to start their own research line. AMOLF is keen to attract applicants in any of its research themes. The research program revolves around the Physics of Functional Complex Matter and is divided in 4 main research themes:
1)      Physics of Living Matter (biophysics, systems biology)
2)      Nanophotonics (classical and quantum optics on the nanoscale)
3)      Nanophotovoltaics (PV materials and light management)\
4)      Designer Matter,  which spans metamaterials, mechanics and soft matter. 
AMOLF offers a scientifically inspiring collaborative environment, state-of-the-art infrastructure and an interdisciplinary research program with a generous start up package (investment and personnel).
About AMOLF: AMOLF is a world-leading interdisciplinary research institute working on the Physics of Functional Matter, noteably working on Physics of Living Matter (biophysics, systems biology), Nanophotonics (classical and quantum optics on the nanoscale), Nanophotovoltaics (PV materials and light management), and Designer Matter,  which spans metamaterials, mechanics and soft matter.  AMOLF is a dynamic environment in which 120 scientist work in 17 groups that are based in different disciplines, yet strongly collaborate to jointly unravel how complex functionality can be programmed into, or emerges from, complex matter. The non-hierarchical division in small groups, mean that AMOLF presents a collaborative and supportive environment for starting a new group, with many opportunities for joint training and joint project initiatives. AMOLF has a state-of-the-art infrastructure for nanofabrication, ultrafast spectroscopy, microscopy, and molecular biophysics.  AMOLF offers tenure trackers full independence as PI to build a group, with a supportive and transparent system of mentoring and monitoring towards a permanent staff position. Thus, AMOLF is an excellent environment for researchers to start a tenure-track. 
About the WISE program:  AMOLF is keen to attract applicants in any of its research themes, and will provide a generous start up package in terms of investment and personnel to kickstart the new research line.  Successful candidates will be able to start a group as independent principal investigator, with a clear path to a permanent position after 5 years.  As the tenure track fellowship is facilitated by the  NWO WISE program, applications for the position need to be made through the NWO  “Women in Science Excel” program website. This process works via an open, competitive call for applications administered by the dutch science foundation NWO, with selected candidates invited to visit the institute for interview. Further information about the program, the application requirements and deadline are listed on here.  AMOLF will supply a startup package well beyond the WISE guidelines.
Candidates who are interested to explore the opportunity of this WISE call, are invited to contact the AMOLF director (h.bakker@amolf.nl) or any of the pertinent research theme leaders (biophysics – G.Koenderink@amolf.nl, designer matter – m.v.hecke@amolf.nl, photovoltaics – a.polman@amolf.nl, nanphotonics – f.koenderink@amolf.nl ) before applying, to discuss the research plan, the tenure-track start up package we can provide (in addition to the provisions of the WISE call itself), and to explain further the type of research environment that one can find at AMOLF.

Opportunities from the Cancer Disparities Research Network

Scientific Director of the Division of Intramural Research
| National Institute on Minority Health (NIMHD)

Community Engagement Postdoctoral Associate | Boston University School of Public Health (BU SPH)
The Department of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) has a long history and national reputation of interdisciplinary community-based participatory research to address environmental health inequalities. The Community Engagement (CE) Postdoctoral Associate will work with two research centers and affiliated partners on community engagement and research translation activities in Massachusetts and nationally. The position will involve leading several projects while developing engagement expertise through scholarship, preparing manuscripts, and the opportunity to co-teach a course.
The BU Superfund Research Center includes five studies conducted by investigators at BUSPH and at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The focus of the Center is “Long-term impacts of early life exposure to Superfund chemicals in humans and wildlife,” with a special emphasis on developmental and behavioral health outcomes (www.busrp.org).
The Center for Research on Social and Environmental Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course
(CRESSH) is a partnership between BUSPH and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. It consists of three studies that address chemical and non-chemical stressors from different disciplinary perspectives (epidemiology, exposure assessment, and quantitative techniques for analyzing cumulative risk) with a specific focus on indoor and outdoor air pollutants and exposures unique to housing and the neighborhood environment (click here). Primary responsibilities of the CE Postdoctoral Associate will be to work with Superfund and CRESSH
investigators, Core leaders, and community partners to facilitate, evaluate, and document community engagement activities. Specific activities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Evaluate and document the reporting of research results to participants in a home-based indoor air monitoring study.
• Develop a process for enabling CRESSH investigators to compare their social and environmental health stressor constructs with the perceptions of community stakeholders, including key stakeholder focus groups, to obtain information on participants’ understanding of local environmental health concerns, exposure issues, and the nature of the stressor combinations;
prepare a manuscript analyzing the value of the focus groups for honing research constructs to be used in CRESSH research.
• Work with members of the International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment (ISCHE) – composed of children’s environmental health professionals, including epidemiologists, chemists, toxicologists, clinicians, environmentalists, community leaders, students, and public
health practitioners – to develop mechanisms to support increased access to science for affected communities and, conversely, more exposure to community concerns for framers of evidence-based policy solutions.
• Co-teaching a graduate-level course on Community Engaged Research: Theory, Methods, and Applications (if desired, not required).
Primary collaborators of the two centers include NorthStar Learning Centers in New Bedford, Massachusetts, GreenRoots in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Health Resources in Action, Toxics Action Center New England, and the Science & Environmental Health Network.
The CE Postdoctoral Associate will participate in regular Center meetings and join a team of faculty, doctoral students, and research assistants. The primary postdoctoral supervisor will be Prof. Madeleine Scammell. This is a two-year position.
• Ph.D./doctorate in social sciences (e.g., sociology, anthropology) or Ph.D./doctorate in public
health field, environmental health.
• Expertise in qualitative research.
• Knowledge of environmental health / environmental epidemiology.
• Community engagement experience.
To Apply: Send CV and a letter describing your interests to Madeleine Scammell, D.Sc. (MLS@bu.edu). Please indicate “Community Engagement Postdoctoral Associate” in subject line.

Professional Development Workshop for Early Career Investigators in Behavioral/Social Science Research and Cancer Prevention and Control 

August 10 – 11 2017 | Rockville, MD
The NCI will host this workshop to enhance professional development of the next generation of behavioral and social scientists in cancer prevention and control. This workshop is intended for early-career faculty members with no prior NIH grant funding (with the exception of training awards or limited R03/R21 grant history).


Opening for a postdoctoral fellow in the Rempe lab at Sandia National Labs

POSITION: Postdoctoral Appointee – Computational Biophysics & Nanoscale Materials

Manager: E. Ackerman

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, postdocs, and visiting researchers—all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense. To learn more, visit www.sandia.gov/.

The Nanobiology Department, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is part of Sandia’s Biological and Material Sciences Center. The group develops and applies new experimental and computational capabilities to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying cellular and biomolecular processes and phenomena. These capabilities are also used to integrate biomolecular processes, biological principles, biomimetic materials, and biomolecular functions into nano- and microscale systems, thereby deriving innovative solutions to national-security problems involving biodefense, public health, and energy. Current capabilities include state-of-the-art imaging of whole cells and single proteins; protein engineering; spectroscopic techniques to characterize cellular and molecular modifications; electrophysiology coupled with imaging; materials synthesis;
and computational expertise in state-of-the-art density-functional and molecular-dynamics simulation techniques for investigating complex biological and synthetic systems. To learn more, visit http://bio.sandia.gov.

The Nanobiology Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, seeks a postdoctoral fellow who will conduct research on topics of interest including, but not limited to, biomolecular structure, dynamics, and function. The chosen candidate will join a multidisciplinary team that includes staff members, postdoctoral associates, and students. The candidate will primarily apply a variety of computational techniques, such as classical Monte Carlo/molecular dynamics (MC/MD), ab initio molecular dynamics, and quantum chemistry simulations, to probe how molecular structure and interfacial behavior relate to function. The postdoctoral appointee will be expected to work closely with Sandia scientists, including staff member Susan Rempe, to conduct a forefront program in biophysics and nanoscale materials research. In addition, the postdoctoral appointee will be expected to publish research, assist in writing grant proposals, and present research at national society conferences.

The annual salary for this position is ~$85K.

This position requires a recent PhD (conferred within the past five years) in physics, chemistry, biophysics, chemical engineering or a closely related field. Published evidence of outstanding scientific contributions from theoretical/computational research is also expected, as is the ability to work in teams and establish strong collaborations. U.S. citizenship is required.

Associate professor opening at the University of Tokyo: Department of Physics

The Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo invites applications for a tenured faculty position of Associate Professor in experimental soft condensed matter starting at the earliest convenience after April 1, 2018. An Associate Professor in The University of Tokyo is an independent member of the faculty with the freedom to organize his/her own laboratory. We seek outstanding researchers in experimental soft condensed matter which is an interdisciplinary research field of soft material, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, and biological physics. These areas include: non-equilibrium behavior of soft matter, non-equilibrium phase transitions, stochastic thermodynamics, active matter, hydrodynamics and statistical mechanics of driven/active systems, and physical approach to biological systems.

The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent, a strong research background, and teaching ability at the graduate school level in soft condensed matter physics. The candidate is expected to demonstrate his/her research ability and excellence, to develop an independent research program at an international level and to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in Physics. We are committed to promoting the highest standards in scientific research and teaching irrespective of background and are interested in receiving applications from a broad range of candidates. The deadline for applications is August 18, 2017.

Applicants are required to prepare the following documents: (1) curriculum vitae, (2) list of publications, (3) copies of up to five publications, (4) statement of research achievements (up to 2 pages), (5) research plan (up to 2 pages) and (6) two person’s name, address, and e-mail address who agreed with writing reference letters if the personnel committee decided to assess.

For more details see http://www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/recruit/?id=820

The University of. Tokyo actively promotes gender-equal participation and contributes to the formation of a gender-equal society.

Post-doctoral Fellow Needed for Prof. Joseph A. Zasadzinski,

In this project, we will be using near infrared light-activated protein-conjugated nanoparticles to deliver functional proteins and/or siRNA to primary cells via an easily scalable, high-throughput microfluidic system available in my lab. We have already synthesized and demonstrated the protein on hollow gold nanocarrier can be successfully delivered to cells and released via pulsed NIR light directly to the cell cytoplasm (1-6). A poly-histidine tagged recombinant protein is conjugated via thiol linkers to hollow gold nanoshells. The protein-HGN are incubated with cells to internalize the carriers via endocytosis facilitated by the appropriate cell penetrating peptide. Following incubation, the HGN is activated by picosecond NIR light pulses applied during flow of the cells through a microfluidic channel. The HGN carriers adsorb the light energy, which is then converted within picoseconds into “hot electrons” that cleave the thiol bonds linking the HGN to the protein cargo. In the following nanoseconds, the HGN dissipates its heat by vaporizing a minute amount of water, forming vapor nanobubbles (7) that insulate both the cell and cargo from significant temperature changes. In this project, we will work on turning this system into a cell micro-manufacturing platform to efficiently modify the cell of choice via protein or siRNA delivery. Using this method, we can create large volumes of modified cells for use in personalized treatments of disease. Our first goal will be to use NK and T-cell modifications with the CAR protein to prime these cells for immunological treatments of cancer.

Requirements: Ph. D. in Biophysics, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science or Biochemistry.

Preferred to have previous experience in cell culture, colloid chemistry and physics, biochemistry. Position open immediately.

1. G. B. Braun, T. Friman, H. B. Pang, A. Pallaoro, T. H. de Mendoza, A. M. Willmore, V. R. Kotamraju, A. P. Mann, Z. G. She, K. N. Sugahara, N. O. Reich, T. Teesalu, E. Ruoslahti, Etchable plasmonic nanoparticle probes to image and quantify cellular internalization. Nat. Mater. 13, 904-911 (2014).

2. G. B. Braun, A. Pallaoro, G. Wu, D. Missirlis, J. A. Zasadzinski, M. Tirrell, N. O. Reich, Laser-
activated gene silencing via gold nanoshell-siRNA conjugates. ACS Nano 3, 2007–2015 (2009).

3. N. Forbes, A. Pallaoro, N. O. Reich, J. A. Zasadzinski, Rapid, Reversible Release from Thermosensitive Liposomes Triggered by Near-Infra-Red Light. Particle & Particle Systems Characterization 31, 1158- 1167 (2014).

4. X. Huang, Q. Hu, G. B. Braun, A. Pallaoro, D. P. Morales, J. A. Zasadzinski, D. O. Clegg, N. O. Reich, Light-activated RNA interference in human embryonic stem cells. Biomaterials 63, 70-79 (2015).

5. X. Huang, A. Pallaoro, G. B. Braun, D. P. Morales, M. O. Ogunyankin, J. Zasadzinski, N. O. Reich,Modular plasmonic nanocarriers for efficient and targeted delivery of cancer-therapeutic siRNA. Nano Lett 14, 2046-2051 (2014).

6. D. P. Morales, G. B. Braun, A. Pallaoro, R. W. Chen, X. Huang, J. A. Zasadzinski, N. O. Reich, Targeted Intracellular Delivery of Proteins with Spatial and Temporal Control. Molecular Pharmaceutics 12, 600-609 (2015).

7. E. Y. Lukianova-Hleb, A. N. Volkov, D. O. Lapotko, Laser Pulse Duration Is Critical For the
Generation of Plasmonic Nanobubbles. Langmuir 30, 7425-7434 (2014).

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in biological soft matter physics at University of San Diego

Excellent candidates are invited to apply for a postdoctoral researcher position in the Robertson-Anderson lab in the Physics and Biophysics Department at the University of San Diego. The Robertson-Anderson lab specializes in understanding the molecular-level dynamics that give rise to novel physical properties present in soft biological materials. We develop and use force spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy techniques to characterize molecular transport and microrheological properties of these materials. We also aim to develop new bio-inspired composite materials with novel emergent properties. The open position is for a cutting-edge Air Force project to elucidate the molecular dynamics governing DNA-based composite biomaterials. The postdoc will be responsible for developing instrumentation/techniques as well as DNA purification and fluorescence assays; and designing and executing novel microrheology experiments and analysis. Candidates should have experience with force spectroscopy and image analysis and be well-versed in Matlab and Labview. Knowledge/experience with soft matter physics and molecular biochemistry techniques is preferred. University of San Diego is a primarily undergraduate institution so the postdoc will be expected to help advise undergraduate researchers, and will have opportunities to teach depending on interest and research progress. Candidates should have a PhD in physics although related doctoral degrees will be considered. Applications should include a cover letter, detailed CV, and 3 letters of recommendation. All materials should be emailed to randerson@sandiego.edu. Applications for full consideration are due by April 30, 2017. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.



Program Directors: Sandy Napel, PhD and Bruce Daniel, MD

The Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) Program, funded by the National Cancer Institute, aims to train the next generation of researchers in the development and clinical translation of advanced techniques for cancer imaging and its application.

This T32 training program is the evolution of the longstanding program, formerly known as “Advanced Techniques for Cancer Imaging and Detection,” established and led by former Radiology Chair, Dr. Gary M. Glazer in 1992.

SCIT is a two-year program training five fellows (roughly half PhD / half MD) per year over a five-year funding cycle. Drs. Sandy Napel and Bruce Daniel lead this newly redesigned program, featuring 24 mentors with independent cancer-focused or -related funding, and seven distinguished program advisors. The strengthened required coursework component includes two courses in the clinical/cancer sciences, two in imaging science, one in biostatistics, one in medical ethics (“Responsible Conduct of Research”), and attendance at a minimum of six multidisciplinary tumor boards. In addition, trainees can select from a multitude of electives offered by various Stanford University Departments, e.g., Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Bioengineering, Biomedical Informatics, and Cancer Systems Biology. The primary focus of the program is participation in a mentored cancer-imaging research project aimed at publication in peer-reviewed journals, and presentation at national meetings. The program especially features “paired mentorship,” in which each trainee is teamed with both a basic-science and physician mentor, to provide guidance in course and research-topic selection, and in performing clinically-relevant cancer imaging research.

1. Candidate must have an MD or PhD degree.
2. Candidate must be a US citizen, or a non-citizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Card (1-151 or 1-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.

Application Deadline: April 10, 2017

Postdoc awards for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsors a number of awards for postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 – $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Limited graduate level awards are available. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.
**In a previous email, our Call for Applications date incorrectly stated March 1 to May 1, 2015. Please note the dates are March 1 to May 1, 2017. The Support Documents Deadline is May 15, 2017.**
Four annual review cycles:
Review Cycle: May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1
Review Cycle: August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1
Review Cycle: November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1
Review Cycle: February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1
Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.
For more information:

Post-Doctoral Position: Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota

Post-Doctoral Position: Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials
Science, University of Minnesota
beginning immediately
Relating Monolayer Dynamics and Adsorption to Composition and Morphology An essential, function of LS is to prevent the Laplace instability, which drives gas out of smaller alveoli and into larger ones, effectively deflating smaller alveoli and thickening the alveolar lining fluid. The Laplace Instability occurs when the capillary pressure, ΔP=2γ/R, in small alveoli (radius RS) exceeds that of larger alveoli (radius RL): 2γ/RS > 2γ/RL. This post-doctoral position is designed to examine the hypothesis that the dynamic resistance of the LS monolayer to compression can reverse the Laplace instability. The dilatational modulus, 𝜀 𝜔 = 𝐴 𝜔 𝜕𝛾 𝜕𝐴 , relates the change in surface tension, γ, to the change in molecular area, A. For 𝜕 𝛾 𝑅 𝜕𝑅 = 2𝜀 – 𝛾 𝑅! > 0, or 2ε−γ >0, the Laplace pressure decreases with decreasing radius, suppressing the Laplace Instability. However, if 2ε−γ is negative, even small variations in inflation would drive spontaneous collapse of some alveoli, and hyper-extension of others. My group
has designed and built a novel capillary pressure microtensiometer to measure ε. The post-doc will map out ε for clinical and model lung surfactants as a function of surface pressure and frequency to determine the effects of solid phase fraction (related to saturated vs. unsaturated lipid fraction), domain morphology (related to lung surfactant proteins SP-B and SP-C, cholesterol and fatty acid fractions) and subphase compositions of lysolipids and/or albumin. If the Laplace instability does play a causative role in the progression of ARDS, then any successful therapy must reverse this instability. Reversing the Laplace instability requires understanding how to accelerate the interfacial adsorption of LS relative to albumin and lyso-PC, which we propose to
study using confocal microscopy.
The ideal applicant would be a trained experimentalist with a background in the physics and chemistry of interfacial phenomena. Prior experience with confocal or two-photon microscopy, design of experimental apparatus, Labview experience, handling and preparing lipid and protein mixtures, atomic force microscopy, Langmuir isotherms.
Previous students and post-docs on this project have gone on to careers in both industry and academia.
Salary: $42-45K depending on experience + benefits. Minimum duration one year, with extension depending on progress. Applications should be send to Joseph Zasadzinski (biosketch/CV + career plans + names of two referees or two recommendation letters). Position open until filled.