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.

Postdoc opening in our collaborator’s lab.

Associate Scientist, Microscopy and Mechanical Testing

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware invites applications for an Associate Scientist position with a focus on microscopy and mechanical characterization of advanced biomaterials. This position is funded through an NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) entitled Molecular Design of Advanced Biomaterials. The staff scientist will work with a dynamic team to maintain the Microscopy and Mechanical Testing (MMT) Core, to conduct research training, to assist with problem solving, and to develop new methods for materials characterization. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, or a related field. The candidate should have a deep understanding of materials structure-property relationship, as well as the ability to integrate and manipulate new instrumental modules. Prior experience in biomaterials synthesis and characterization is a plus. Strong expertise in one or more areas of electron microscopy, scattering and mechanical characterization is desirable. The ideal candidate should also be able to perform in-situ TEM and/or SEM mechanical testing. Independence, creativity, and good communication skills are essential. The initial appointment is for one year and is renewable for up to five years based on performance. Applicants should submit their application through the UD HR website (Job title: Associate Scientist; Job ID: 102617). A complete application package will include (1) a cover letter, (2) a detailed resume, (3) 3 representative publications and (4) 3 letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2015, although nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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