Postdoctoral position in the Biopreservation Core Resource in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota under Prof. Allison Hubel.
We are looking for a highly motivated, independent, and career-oriented research individual with a Ph.D. in Biomedical, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, or PhDs in cell biology with relevant skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary as well as the ability to work independently. Experience with cell culture is required. Experience with spectroscopy, cryopreservation of cells and tissues is preferred.
A successful candidate will have a strong work ethic, possess interdisciplinary skills and handson experience in conducting cellular preservation studies, have excellent organizational and communication skills and critical thinking abilities, and be able to submit individual training grants and supervise junior lab members. The postdoctoral researcher will assist in planning experiments, methods development, and will conduct productive team-oriented and independent research. Strong technical skills and capabilities to do independent research would be most desirable.
Research interests: (1) low temperature spectroscopy to characterize transport in cells and mechanisms of damage during freezing; (2) characterizing molecular level cryoprotective effects of osmolytes; (3) development of DMSO-free methods of preserving cells and tissues used therapeutically using naturally-occurring molecules; (4) characterizing differences in freezing behavior with cell differentiation and (5) contrasting freezing behavior of isolated cells, cells cultured in aggregates as well as cells embedded in a matrix.
Recent publications: Stem Cells and Development, 26: 828-842, 2017, Biophysical J, 112 (12): 2653-2663, 2017. Langmuir, 35(23): p. 7388-7395, 2019. Frontiers in Biotechnology, DOI: 10.3389/fbioe.2020.00001. Cytotherapy, 22(5): 291-300, 2020.
We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. The position is available with Federal funding (NSF and NIH) for immediate occupancy for a 1-2 year appointment, contingent on background experience and performance. Information on applying can be found at the following link. Alternatively, candidates can go to www.humanresources.umn.edu and use job code 338998.
The mission of the University of Minnesota Biopreservation Core Resource (BioCoR) is to advance the science, technology and practice of preservation by enhancing our knowledge of mechanisms of damage during preservation and the development of alternative methods of preserving cells and tissues used therapeutically. BioCoR also provides education and training in the science and technology of preservation. BioCoR is committed to translating cutting-edge science into products and services to improve preservation. BlueCube Bio is the most recent startup based on technology developed at BioCoR.