A PhD candidate graduate engineering research position is available at the University of Georgia to develop cutting edge microscopy techniques to interrogate the health, proliferation, and differentiation of cells during biomanufacturing processes and tissue regeneration. This position in the Mortensen lab will be highly interdisciplinary, from optical design and instrumentation to electronics to programming and image analysis to cell culture.

The project will primarily use label-free multiphoton imaging strategies (e.g. second harmonic generation, third harmonic generation, and autofluorescence microscopy) to investigate 3D culture strategies for bone and immune regenerative mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), with opportunities to explore cancer, muscle and neural applications. This position will be interdisciplinary, and so interest in optical design and engineering OR in cell therapy and tissue regeneration is desirable. The position will interface with a range of biological and engineering techniques while seeking to understand imaging outcomes. Established skills or interests in imaging processing and analysis will be beneficial. In addition, there would be opportunities to pursue interests and gain expertise in programming and multivariate analysis strategies. 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV and contact for 3 references to Luke Mortensen (luke.mortensen@uga.edu).