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Postdoctoral ResearchersJob Description

The Center for Synthetic Biology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois is seeking postdoctoral researchers working at the interface of biology, engineering, and materials science to join the team for up to three years with competitive salaries and travel support. The broad goal of the research is to develop programmable materials embedded with biological components to actuate, strengthen, or degrade upon exposure to triggers. Such materials have application from sustainable agriculture to wound healing.

For these positions, we seek highly motivated individuals that can contribute to i) biosensor design, ii) cell-free and/or membrane engineering to create cell-like vesicles, and/or iii) protein-based materials engineering. The success of this work depends on a highly interdisciplinary team, and candidates will work closely with Professors Julius Lucks, Danielle-Tullman Ercek, Neha Kamat, and Ashty Karim and other team members. Thus, applications from chemists, biologists, and engineers are welcome, and those with computational experience are also encouraged to apply. Candidates that have experience in cell-free systems, biosensors, artificial cells, protein and genetic circuit engineering, and AI/ML engineering approaches are particularly sought after.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter detailing their career ambitions and goals for a successful postdoc, along with his/her complete CV and the names of three references to with the subject heading “CSB-MRSEC Post-Doctoral Application. Please note that letters of reference are not required at this time, and we will seek your permission before contacting your references.