Specialist position - Venugopalan/Botvinick Labs

Commensurate with experience
Will remain open until filled

The laboratories of Vasan Venugopalan and Elliot Botvinick at UC Irvine anticipate openings in the specialist series to work with their groups. The selected candidates will also have access to resources at the Beckman Laser Institute, which is active in the development of a broad variety of optical technologies for biomedical application. The positions provide a unique opportunity to gain experience in a multidisciplinary biomedical optics research environment. Salary will be based on the candidates’ specific skill set, track record of accomplishment and previous experience.

Candidates should possess, at minimum, a M.S. degree or the foreign equivalent in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, optics or related discipline with demonstrated expertise in biophotonics. They should also have experience in optical design and instrument construction as it relates to customized laser-scanning microscopy, interferometry and/or microbeam systems and their usage in cellular and tissue samples.


  • Development of a novel microscope platform integrating pulsed laser microbeams, optical interferometry, confocal and non-linear microscopy, and fluorescence lifetime imaging
  • Perform experiments to validate the performance of the integrated system on cellular and artificial hydrogel-based tissues to measure cellular mechanosignaling, hydrogel stiffness, and imaging of cellular morphology and metabolism.
  • Synthesis and maintenance of cell cultures and 3D cellular hydrogels
  • Utilize the integrated system to examine cellular mechanobiology in model tissue systems.

All appointments are for one year with the potential for extension dependent upon performance and funding.

Professor Vasan Venugopalan
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
UC Irvine
Email: vvenugop@uci.edu

Professor Elliot Botvinick
Department of Biomedical Engineering
UC Irvine
Email: ebotvini@uci.edu

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF08045

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.