Postdoctoral Opening:
Membranes for Biological Separations

Seeking a postdoc to start in Winter/Spring 2022


The Gaborski NanoBio Materials Laboratory at RIT is seeking a postdoctoral associate in the field of material science and engineering focused on advanced membranes for biological separations. The researcher will work on an interdisciplinary team that is developing next-generation ultrathin membranes for the purification of extracellular vesicles. This project is initially supported in collaboration with a leading global membrane and purification company with options for renewal through either industrial or federally funded opportunities within the NanoBio Materials Laboratory.

The Materials Engineering Postdoctoral Associate will lead the development of new membranes with both academic and industrial collaborators seeking to isolate human and bacterial extracellular vesicles. These membranes have historically been made of silicon-based and polymeric thin films using both traditional lithographic as well as spontaneous self-assembly processes (PMC7212937 and PMC7943038).

For questions about the position, please contact Professor Tom Gaborski:

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or Engineering, or a related field
  • Experience in using membranes for purification of nanoparticles, viruses, or extracellular vesicles, OR experience fabricating membranes or thin films.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills in English

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with thin film deposition and lithography
  • Experience with wet and dry etch techniques
  • Experience with electron microscopy (SEM or TEM)
  • Experience with extracellular vesicle characterization techniques

Application Materials

  • Cover Letter (please explain how you meet the required qualifications and any preferred qualifications)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • List of three references and the applicant’s relationship to the references
  • List of up to five related peer-reviewed and/or published preprint publications with descriptions of contributions to each

The Gaborski NanoBio Materials Laboratory within the Biomedical Engineering Department is located in Institute Hall, one of the newest buildings at RIT. Institute Hall contains many biological, chemical and materials research laboratories as well as the Cell and Tissue Core Analysis Lab, the Additive Manufacturing and Multifunctional Printing (AMPrint) Center, and the institute’s MakerSpace.