Job Openings-BME

The Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering and the College of Engineering at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who can foster a welcoming climate for all students. The University also seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

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Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. The main campus in Ithaca sits at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The Ithaca area offers a small-town lifestyle with the cultural and culinary qualities of larger cities, including the Moosewood Restaurant known for the first vegetarian cookbook. The climate of the region provides for a range of outdoor activities including boating/sailing, swimming, mountain biking and hiking in summer, to skiing and ice-skating in winter. 

The Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering is located in the College of Engineering on Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca, New York, with strong collaborative ties to the College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. Our global presence includes College of Medicine campuses in Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, and the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. 

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Current Job Openings

  • Postdoctoral research positions in the Jiang Lab

    Jiang Lab
    Posted:

    The Shaoyi Jiang lab at Cornell University's Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering works on research problems at the interface of materials and biological sciences, particularly zwitterionic materials for applications in drug delivery and nanomedicine, tissue engineering and cell therapeutics, and medical implants and devices. His group performs both fundamental and applied studies. Immunology and translational research will be two focuses in addition to biomaterials and nanomedicine. His group will have close collaborations with researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell Center for Immunology as well as collaborations across campus.

    The Jiang Lab currently has the following open positions for postdoctoral researchers:

    Position 1: Organic and polymer chemistry -Research projects may involve (a) the synthesis of small molecules, linkers or monomers, and (b) the development of new biomaterials for drug/gene delivery, tissue engineering/regenerative medicine and medical devices in collaborations with other lab members.  

    Position 2: Protein design and engineering -A Ph.D. in molecular biology or equivalent is required. Research projects may involve (a) protein biosynthesis, (b) viral and non-viral gene delivery and editing, (c) non-natural amino acids and (d) phage or yeast display.  

    Please visit Prof. Jiang’s website. For applications, please send a cover letter and CV to Shaoyi Jiang (email: wa.postdoc@gmail.com).

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  • Postdoctoral Research Position (Genomic-based Medicine): De Vlaminck Lab

    Ithaca, NY
    Posted:

    Research Position (Genomic-based Medicine): De Vlaminck Lab

    A position for a postdoctoral researcher is available in the group of Iwijn De Vlaminck at Cornell University. This will be a two-year appointment, with possible extension based on performance.

    The research in the De Vlaminck lab is concerned with the development of genomic medicine technologies to study and diagnose immune and infection related disease in humans.

    Research opportunities are available in one of three areas:

    1. Exploiting the phenomenon of circulating cell-free DNA, small fragments of DNA that can be isolated from blood and urine, for the monitoring of a wide range of diseases and conditions, including infection and immune-related complications.
    2.  Monitoring of immunotherapies via single-cell RNA sequencing technologies, including technologies developed in house, and
    3. The development and application of methodologies for spatial mapping of complex microbial communities. These research directions are supported by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Representative research articles

    A cell-free DNA metagenomic sequencing assay that integrates the damage response to infection.
    Alexandre Pellan Cheng, Philip Burnham, John Richard Lee, Matthew Pellan Cheng, Manikkam Suthanthiran, Darshana Dadhania, Iwijn De Vlaminck. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019).

    Simultaneous multiplexed amplicon sequencing and transcriptome profiling in single cells
    ridusmita Saikia*, Philip Burnham*, Sara H. Keshavjee, Michael F. Z. Wang, Pablo Moral-Lopez, Meleana M. Hinchman, Charles G. Danko, John S. L. Parker, Iwijn De Vlaminck. Nature Methods (2019).

    Highly Multiplexed Spatial Mapping of Microbial Communities
    Hao Shi, Warren Zipfel, Ilana Brito, Iwijn De Vlaminck. BioRxiv 678672.

    Candidates are required to hold Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. degrees (or expected to soon obtain Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. degrees). The candidate will have a track record of publications in leading journals. Preference will be given to technically skilled and creative researchers that can effectively communicate with clinical collaborators. Prior experience with bioinformatics and/or molecular biology is desirable but not required. Candidates with a research background in unrelated fields (e.g. biophysics, physics, chemistry), but that possess exceptionally strong quantitative skills are encouraged to apply.

    The successful candidate will have fluency in written and spoken English and ability to work well with other stakeholders. Additionally, a strong record of prior success, as indicated by peer review publications is expected.

    Candidates should submit a CV, and a cover letter describing relevant experience and professional to Academic Jobs Online (Job: 15397).

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  • Research Associate Position (Genomics-based medicine technologies for the diagnosis of infectious and immune related disease)

    Ithaca, NY
    Posted:

    A position for a research associate is available in the group of Iwijn De Vlaminck at Cornell University. This will be a two-year appointment, with possible extension based on performance.

    The research in the De Vlaminck lab is focuses on the development of genomics-based medicine technologies to study and diagnose infectious and immune related disease in humans.

    Of immediate interest to the available position, the lab is pursuing the phenomenon of circulating cell-free DNA, small fragments of DNA that can be isolated from blood and urine, as an analyte for the diagnosis of infection and immune injury.

    The candidate will play a central role in multiple, multi-PI, collaborative projects with the goal to

    1. Test the utility of cell-free DNA in urine as an analyte to monitor urinary tract infection.
    2. Test the utility of a measurement of the tissues-of-origin of cell-free DNA in the blood circulation to monitor post-transplant immune complications.
    3. Test the utility of cell-free DNA in blood or urine to monitor or screen tuberculosis. These research directions are supported by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Representative research articles:

    1. A cell-free DNA metagenomic sequencing assay that integrates the damage response to infection.
    Alexandre Pellan Cheng, Philip Burnham, John Richard Lee, Matthew Pellan Cheng, Manikkam Suthanthiran, Darshana Dadhania, Iwijn De Vlaminck. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019).

    2. Urinary cell-free DNA is a versatile analyte for monitoring infections of the urinary tract
    Philip Burnham, Darshana Dadhania, Michael Heyang, Fanny Chen, Manikkam Suthanthiran, John Richard Lee*, Iwijn De Vlaminck* Nature Communications (2018).

    3. Circulating Cell-Free DNA Enables Noninvasive Diagnosis of Heart Transplant Rejection
    Iwijn De Vlaminck, Hannah A. Valantine, Thomas M. Snyder, Calvin Strehl, Garrett Cohen, Helen Luikart, Norma F. Neff, Jennifer Okamoto, Daniel Bernstein, Dana Weisshaar, Stephen R. Quake, and Kiran K. Khush. Science Translational Medicine, 6, 241ra77 (2014)

    Candidates are required to hold Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. degrees (or expected to soon obtain Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. degrees) and to have at least two years of equivalent postdoc associate experience. The candidate will have a track record of publications in leading journals. Preference will be given to technically skilled and creative researchers that can effectively communicate with clinical collaborators. Prior experience with bioinformatics and/or molecular biology is desirable but not required. Candidates with a research background in unrelated fields (e.g. biophysics, physics, chemistry), but that possess exceptionally strong quantitative skills are encouraged to apply. Apply to Academic Jobs online (Job: 1546).

    The successful candidate will have fluency in written and spoken English and ability to work well with other stakeholders.

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  • Postdoctoral Research Position (Nanobiotechnology): Shuler and Craighead Labs

    Shuler and Craighead Labs
    Posted:

    The Michael Shuler research group in Biomedical Engineering and the Harold Craighead group in Applied & Engineering Physics seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate specializing in nanobiotechnology. The candidate will work on two closely related projects funded by NIH. One project is entitled “An Organotypic Model Recapitulating Colon Cancer Microenvironment and Metastasis” with Cleveland Clinic being the lead institution and Duke and Cornell subcontractors. The other project is entitled “Automation and Validation of Human on a Chip Systems for Drug Discovery” with Hesperos, Inc. being the lead institution and University of Central Florida and Cornell being subcontractors. For both projects, the candidate will design and create microscale systems to emulate aspects of human physiology and response to various drugs. A recent review of research in these microphysiological systems (or body-on-a-chip) is available (Sung, et al. 2019, Anal. Chem. 91: 330-351).

    The successful candidate will have a PhD in engineering, physics or biology. Demonstrated experience and expertise in the techniques of microfabrication and mammalian cell culture are essential. Additionally, experience with microphysiological systems, iPS cells, mathematical modeling of microscale system, fluid dynamics, reaction engineering, molecular biology and HPLC are desirable.

    Cornell offers excellent facilities for microfabrication through it Cornell Nanofabrication Facility (CNF). Access to state of the art facilities for the culture and use of mammalian cell cultures is available in the Shuler Laboratory.

    The successful candidate will have fluency in written and spoken English and ability to work well with other stakeholders. Additionally, a strong record of prior success, as indicated by peer review publications is expected.

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  • Postdoctoral Researchers

    Schaffer-Nishimura Lab
    Posted:

    Multiple positions for postdoctoral researchers in the Schaffer-Nishimura Lab.

    In the Schaffer-Nishimura Lab, we take a multidisciplinary approach to studying the in vivo cellular behaviors that underlie health and disease. We develop optics-based tools and techniques to enable detailed studies of cellular motion, interactions, and function, all in living animals. These approaches enable us to study the cellular behaviors that drive normal and disease physiology in ways not previously possible, with major research projects in neuroscience and the neurobiology of disease, cardiovascular disease, and stem cell biology.

    We have openings for talented post-doctoral researchers in several projects:

    • Advancing the use of three-photon microscopy for imaging neural activity in the brain and spinal cord of mice and using this approach to elucidate the neural activity patterns that encode limb motion while walking over simple and complex terrain.
    • Developing optical methods to record activity from large ensembles of individual neurons using spectral information from multiple variants of genetically encoded voltage and calcium indicators, with applications in both neuroscience research and neuroprosthetics.
    • Understanding age-related deficits in how the stem cell niche recovers from damage using time-lapse, in vivo, multiphoton microscopy of intestinal crypts through abdominal windows in mice.
    • Using in vivo imaging to study the causes and consequences of microvascular blood flow disruptions in animal models of neurodegenerative disease, with the goal of identifying novel therapeutic approaches.

    The SN Lab fosters a highly interdisciplinary and diverse research environment, with current lab members coming from six continents and having research backgrounds that include physics, engineering, computer science, neuroscience, physiology, and medicine. We encourage applications from researchers with physics, engineering, or other quantitative backgrounds who are interested in learning to apply their skills to biological problems, as well as from researchers with a life science or biomedical research background who are interested in learning to use state-of-the-art optical approaches to elucidate cellular behaviors. Candidates must have completed a PhD in a relevant field by the start date. Positions are available now, but we will have some flexibility for start dates. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to Nozomi Nishimura (nn62@cornell.edu) and Chris Schaffer (cs385@cornell.edu). The most promising candidates will be invited for an on-site interview. 

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  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Engineering the Microbiome

    Brito Lab
    Posted:

    Seeking experimental or computational postdocs interested in engineering the microbiome (Brito Lab)

    The Brito lab at Cornell University's Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering works in the area of systems biology of the human microbiome. The lab is developing new technological methods to capture additional genomic information than what is currently available using metagenomic shotgun approaches. It is also engaged in engineering the human microbiome to achieve specific therapeutic outcomes. The lab focuses on a range of questions from basic science to those more translational in nature, and works with clinical collaborators at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Cornell Veterinary School, as well as collaborations across campus.

    The Brito Lab is looking for talented postdocs to fill two open positions for postdoctoral researchers interested in investigating mechanistic linkages between microbes and human health outcomes. Postdoctoral candidates can have an experimental or computational background, or both. One of the positions will be focused on engineering—any experience with synthetic biology or biomaterials is a plus. There are a range of projects in the lab relating to: clinically relevant populations (i.e. inflammatory bowel and neutropenic patients); environmental transmission of organisms and antibiotic resistance; genetic engineering of bacteria; and international research related to the microbiome. The lab strives on the diverse backgrounds of students and postdocs (e.g. microbiology, biomedical engineering, computational biology and genetics). Start dates are flexible, but could be as early as this Fall or Spring. Interested late-stage graduate students or recently-obtained PhDs, should send Ilana Brito (ibrito@cornell.edu) a cover letter and CV. Promising candidates will be invited for an interview.

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