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 Applications for full consideration are due by April 30, 2017. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.