Positions Available

Graduate Research Assistants

The Jia Research Group has immediate openings for Ph.D. candidates in Materials Science and Engineering (MSEG) and Biomedical Engineering (BME). Our research program is focused on the design, synthesis and characterization of advanced biomaterials for the treatment of human diseases. Novel polymeric biomaterials being developed in our group include multifunctional, cross–linkable micro– and nano–particles and instructive synthetic extracellular matrices that resemble their natural counterparts structurally and functionally. These soft and hybrid materials are being evaluated as drug delivery vehicles and synthetic scaffolds for the engineering of healthy, replacement tissues, such as vocal fold, salivary gland and cartilage, as well as pathological tissues, such as prostate cancer tumor spheroids. Our research activities are currently supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the DuPont Company. Depending on the nature of the thesis work, students can receive Ph.D. in MSEG or BME. Qualified candidates will be considered for the University of Delaware Graduate Fellowship and the National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship. Students with basic training in organic chemistry, polymer science and engineering, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering and pharmacy are encouraged to apply. Please send your CV to Dr. Xinqiao Jia at xjia@udel.edu for consideration.

Postdoctoral Researchers

The Jia Research Group in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position in the area of polymeric biomaterials. The successful candidate will join a dynamic interdisciplinary research group to work on a newly funded NIH project that employs synthetic biomaterials for the regeneration of functional salivary glands. The postdoctoral candidate will be responsible for the design, synthesis and characterization of artificial matrices that not only mimic the molecular composition and mechanical properties of the natural extracellular matrices but also elicit desired cellular responses via the spatial and temporal presentation of various bioactive cues. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, polymer science and engineering, materials science and engineering, or a related field. Additional experience in peptide synthesis and characterization is preferred. Independence, creativity, and good communication skills are essential. The initial appointment is for one year and is renewable for up to three years based on reasonable progress. Applicants should send a cover letter outlining their research interests and career plans, a detailed resume, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Xinqiao Jia at xjia@udel.edu.

The Jia Research Group in the Biomedical Engineering Program and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position in the area of tumor engineering. In collaboration with the Fox Group at the University of Delaware, we have recently developed hyaluronan-based, orthogonally “clickable” hydrogel systems that not only recapitulate the tumor microenvironment in vivo but also permit the interrogation of tumor-stroma interactions in vitro. Using hydrogels developed by members of the Jia/Fox Groups, the candidate will be responsible for (1) the establishment of 3D tumor models, (2) the incorporation of stromal components into the engineered tumor models and (3) the evaluation of tumor progression, metathesis and drug responses. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in biology, health sciences, biomedical engineering or related fields. Candidates with the expertise in molecular and cell biology and experiences in 3D cell culture are preferred. Independence, creativity, and good communication skills are essential. The initial appointment is for one year and is renewable for up to three years based on reasonable progress. Applicants should send a cover letter outlining their research interests and career plans, a detailed resume, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Xinqiao Jia at xjia@udel.edu.