Postdoc position availabile – Biomedical Engineering

Description: The Carney Lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis is seeking a highly-motivated postdoctoral research scholar to develop and synthesize hybrid inorganic/organic nanoparticles for application in surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) analysis of exosomes isolated from human cancer specimens. The candidate will work in a new and highly collaborative laboratory on the UC Davis campus with access to state-of-the-art facilities and photonics equipment. Start date is as early as October/November 2018. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal, based on the availability of funding and contingent upon satisfactory performance. Position level and salary are commensurate with experience and qualifications. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Responsibilities: The selected candidate will be responsible for developing novel and rigorous chemical synthetic methods for noble metal/silica nanoparticles with high biocompatibility. The postdoc will be expected to draft reports and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and will be encouraged to present their research at international meetings. In addition to independently designing and carrying out research projects, the postdoc will manage the wet lab aspects of the Carney lab, with responsibilities that include supervision and training of junior lab members in chemical safety and organic synthetic methods, as well as chemical inventory management. The candidate must be willing to prepare training grant proposals and other applications for research funding.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in chemistry, materials science, or a related field is required. Comprehensive experience in organic chemistry synthesis is required, including column chromatography, HPLC, NMR, and mass spectrometry. Expertise in silica chemistry and bioconjugation techniques is highly desired. Raman spectroscopy experience is not required.

How to apply: Candidates should submit the following items as a single PDF directly to Prof. Carney at

1. NIH format Biosketch (fellowship version:

2. Concise statement of past and future research interests (1pg)

3. At least two letters of support (or names and contact information for requesting the letters, one reference should be from the Ph.D. advisor)



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