Microfluidic Sample Processing - Postdoctoral Researcher
Engineering | livermore, CA | 10/24/2023
Job Code: PDS.1 Post-Dr Research Staff 1
Position Type: Post Doctoral
Security Clearance: None/Position does not require US citizenship (assignments longer than 179 days require a federal background investigation)
Drug Test: Required for external applicant(s) selected for this position (includes testing for use of marijuana)
Medical Exam: Not applicable
Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!
Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.
We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.
$108,600 – $126,720 Annually
Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.
We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join a diverse team that specializes in developing innovative microfluidic platforms for sample processing and sorting. You will work with a multi-disciplinary team involving biologists, chemists, physicists, and engineers to develop novel devices and techniques for purification, separation, and sorting of biological and environmental samples. The work will be integrated into a larger pipeline aimed at detecting, analyzing, and evaluating emerging biological targets. Key tasks will include the design of new microfluidic devices, fabrication via conventional and additive manufacturing-based methods, and conducting experiments to evaluate performance. This position is in the Materials Engineering Division (MED) within the Engineering Directorate.
In this role you will
- Conduct research into developing novel processes to perform separations using microfluidic devices.
- Design and conduct experiments to evaluate microfluidic device performance and iterate chip design through literature review, fundamental simulation/modeling, and experimental testing.
- Integrate microfluidic devices with other components of a larger sample analysis pipeline.
- Organize, analyze, and present data from research at seminars, technical meetings, and conferences.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Author scientific publications and patent applications.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, or a related field.
- Ability to be hands-on in the design, fabrication, and process development of microfluidic devices and systems.
- Experience in using microfluidics to perform separations or other similar sample processing steps.
- Experience in microfluidic device design using AutoCAD or similar software.
- Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to present technical information and effectively collaborate in a multidisciplinary team environment.
- Ability to complete independent research projects, as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Qualifications We Desire
- Ability to conduct detailed multiphysics simulations combining fluid dynamic, electrical, and mass transport analysis within COMSOL or other CFD packages.
- Experience fabricating microfluidic devices using additive manufacturing techniques.
- Basic knowledge and understanding of electrical circuitry, devices, and how to perform electrical device modification and/or development.
- Clean room microfabrication experience.
- Fundamental understanding of programming languages and software suites (C++, Python, Matlab).
- Experience designing printed circuit boards (PCB’s) and general knowledge of PCB manufacturing methods.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years, open to those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.
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- Relocation Assistance
- Education Reimbursement Program
- Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
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