The Nano-Brain Laboratory at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) is looking for highly motivated postdoctoral associates and Ph.D. candidates to join our dynamic team. Our interdisciplinary research focuses on developing nanotechnology-based approaches to better understand and overcome brain barriers and revolutionize point-of-care infectious disease diagnostics. Recent efforts have led to innovative tools enabling the transient opening of the blood-brain barrier, optically probing the brain extracellular space, and developing innovative diagnostic methods. Our work has received funding from federal and state agencies (NSF, NIH, CDMRP, and CPRIT) and non-profit organizations (American Heart Association). Our lab works closely with active researchers at UT Dallas and other institutes, including UT Southwestern Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Yale, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. Our work has led to the formation of several biotech startup companies. Interested candidates can find more information on our website: https://www.nanobrainlab.net/.
We have several positions in the interdisciplinary area of nanomaterials, brain barriers, and imaging. These three research opportunities include:
1. We are seeking a postdoctoral associate and Ph.D. students with a strong background in microfluidic fabrication and related applications. The potential candidate will perform in vitro diagnostics implemented on microfluidic devices and lab-on-a-chip systems. The project will be highly interdisciplinary and fast-paced, having multiple collaborating labs in optics, diagnostics, and microfabrication. The candidate will work with other graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the laboratory, publish results in journals, write project reports, and assist with proposal preparation. The project is supported by grant funding from the NIH and DOD. Learn more about our related work in the following publications: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-29025-w; https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.202107832.
2. We are seeking a postdoctoral associate and Ph.D. students with a strong background and interest in the blood-brain barrier and related applications to join a multidisciplinary and highly collaborative team. Successful candidates will work on developing novel techniques to modulate the blood-brain barrier permeability for drug delivery into the central nervous system. Experience in one or more of the following is attractive for the position: blood-brain barrier modulation, focused ultrasound technique, viral and non-viral delivery, lipid nanoparticle formulation, cancer immunotherapy, neuroscience, and animal disease models. The project is supported by grant funding from AHA, CDMRP, and CPRIT. Learn more about our work in the following recent publications: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c02996; https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.06.07.495027; https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.05.20.492752; https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.06.02.494541.
Successful postdoctoral applicants will have a Ph.D. in materials science, engineering, biology, or neuroscience. Ideal candidates should be able to work in a collaborative environment, lead projects, learn new skills, communicate effectively, and accommodate some local or domestic travel for collaborative studies if necessary. Successful Ph.D. students will have a background in engineering or biomedical sciences with high self-motivation. Interested candidates should send a cover letter indicating their interest, CV, top 3 publications, and references in PDF format to Dr. Qin (Zhenpeng.Qin@utdallas.edu). Successful applicants will receive competitive salaries and benefits. These positions are open immediately, and we are interviewing candidates on a rolling basis.