Post-doc Position Available – Unravelling the Heterogeneity of Extracellular Vesicles and Particles

We are searching for a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. This position is situated within the Ndukaife Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and affiliated with the Center for Extracellular Vesicles Research at Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt University is a world-class research institution and one of the nation’s premier centers for excellence in research and education. The successful candidate will engage in cutting-edge biomedical research focusing on extracellular vesicles. This role offers a unique chance to work closely with Dr. Ndukaife and his team, as well as collaborators in the Center for Extracellular Vesicles Research leveraging our world-class facilities and resources for research advancement. Key qualifications include excellent verbal and written communication abilities, a proactive approach to work, meticulous attention to detail in maintaining research records, and the ability to thrive in a collaborative environment. We are committed to recognizing excellent contributions with opportunities for journal publications and presentation at national conferences, underscoring our dedication to the professional growth of our fellows.

Department – Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research topics

  • Exploring the diverse molecular composition of extracellular vesicles and non-vesicular nanoparticles, such as exomeres and supermeres, and their roles in cell communication.
  • Advancing therapeutic strategies using both naturally occurring and engineered extracellular vesicles and particles (EVPs), supported by detailed analysis of individual EVs and NVEPs.
  • Investigating how EVs and NVEPs facilitate the transfer of materials between cells, with a focus on the mechanisms and implications of this process.
  • The research will encompass a range of methodologies, including cell culture techniques, isolation of EVs, comprehensive cellular and biochemical assessments, alongside advanced ex vivo imaging and microscopy techniques.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducting and designing experiments.
  • Cell culturing and transfection.
  • Utilizing advanced imaging and spectroscopy methods to carry out single vesicle analysis. 
  • Applying techniques in molecular biology.
  • Working alongside other team members in the laboratory to foster a collaborative research environment.
  • Engaging in continuous learning through seminars, lectures, and training sessions to stay informed of the latest scientific advances and methodologies.


  • Highly motivated and productive individual with a PhD, MD, MD/PhD, in Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or a related field. 
  • Excellent knowledge of molecular biology and cell biology.
  • Experience in cell culture, molecular cloning, and experience with immunofluorescent labelling and imaging.
  • Must be detail-oriented, highly organized, able to handle multiple projects, take initiative, start and complete projects.
  • Ability to work with set deadlines.
  • Must be able to work with a variety of people from different backgrounds.
  • Prior experience in writing and publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts is preferred.

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