Postdoctoral Scholar - Biological and Biomimetic Composites

Commensurate with experience
Will remain open until filled

The lab of Professor David Kisailus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering has a postdoctoral research position opening in the area of biomimetics and biological composite materials. The 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 involve fabrication and mechanical testing of fiber-reinforced composite materials as well as synthesis and testing of nanoscale gas sensor materials.

Additional projects involve the microscopic, spectroscopic and mechanical analyses of biological materials with development of nano-scaled composites. The position offers a great opportunity to pursue highly interdisciplinary science and have an opportunity to interact with PIs and researchers with diverse scientific backgrounds.

Previous experience working with nano-microstructural and mechanical analyses of biological composites and biominerals or synthesis and testing of nanoscale composites 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 or sensor fabrication and testing. Strong oral and writing skills are required. Selection will place emphasis on expertise, experience and previous publication record.

Interested applicants should send a detailed CV, along with a list of publications, and at least three letters of recommendation, preferably via email, to Professor David Kisailus ( In the cover letter, delineate specifically how your skills can be applied to the work in this lab. Anticipated position duration is one to two years. Start date is between  April 1 - June 30, 2020.

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Complete applications must include the following:

  1. Cover Letter delineating specifically how your skills can be applied to the work in this lab
  2. Detailed CV, including a list of publications
  3. At least three (3) letters of recommendation
  4. Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement,

Professor David Kisailus, Ph.D.
Biomimetics and Nanostructured Materials Lab
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of California, Irvine

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.