Postdoctoral Scholar - Analysis of Biological and Biomimetic Materials

Commensurate with experience
Will remain open until filled

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering invites applicants for a postdoctoral research position in the lab or Professor David Kisailus.

The postdoctoral research position is in the area of biomimetics and biological composite materials. The anticipated position duration is one to two years.  Kisailus' research group investigates ultrastructure-mechanical property relationships in biological materials with the ultimate goal of producing strong and tough composites. The research is at the intersection of materials science, chemistry, biology and mechanics.

The projects specifically involve the ultrastructural (i.e., microscopic and spectroscopic) analyses, as well as mechanical testing of biological materials. Extensive experience with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is required.

This position requires a Ph.D. in materials science or closely related field. In addition, experience working with nano-microstructural analyses of biological composites and biominerals is desirable. This includes extensive expertise with SEM, FIB, TEM, Raman and FTIR. Additional merit will be considered for those with polymer/fiber synthesis experience and mechanical testing. Strong oral and writing skills are required. Selection will place emphasis on expertise, experience and previous publication record. A great opportunity to pursue highly interdisciplinary science and have an opportunity to interact with PIs and researchers with diverse scientific backgrounds.

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Complete applications must include the following:

Cover Letter delineating specifically how your skills can be applied to the work in this lab
Detailed CV, including a list of publications
At least three (3) letters of recommendation

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.