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The laboratory of Dr. Jessica D. Weaver, part of the Biomedical Engineering department in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU), is seeking driven and inquisitive applicants for Postdoctoral Scholar positions in cell encapsulation, cell transplantation, and immune engineering research. The Weaver Lab uses biomaterials and tolerogenic cell therapies to prevent immune rejection of allogeneic cells and tissues, primarily in the application of islet transplantation for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. These positions are supported by recently funded NIH projects and applicants will conduct independent research as directed by the principle investigator, Dr. Weaver. The Postdoctoral Scholars will evaluate cell macroencapsulation and tolerogenic cell therapies in in vitro and in vivo models. Scholars will organize and present data as part of routine meetings, conferences, and scientific manuscripts. The Scholars will also have opportunities to participate in grant preparation and reporting.

Candidates must have strong organizational and interpersonal skills and be a self-starter, and have a PhD in Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Immunology, or a related discipline. The ideal candidates will have experience with hydrogels, cell culture, transplantation, and immune cell phenotyping via flow cytometry, but training in new skills in these areas will be offered. Applicants with experience with 4 or more of the following areas will be prioritized: (1) biomaterials, particularly diverse hydrogel systems; (2) primary islet isolation, culture, and assessment; (3) 3D printing and part design in Solidworks; (4) confocal microscopy; (5) immune engineering, particularly (6) immune cell isolation, phenotyping, and culture, (7) transplantation models in rodents, and (8) flow cytometry; (9) animal handling and surgery, and (10) histological assessment (e.g. sample processing, staining, IHC); (11) stem cell culture and differentiation.

Please send applications including (1) cover letter, (2) resume/CV, (3) two publications, and (4) contact information from three references in a single PDF document via email to Dr. Jessica Weaver at [email protected]. The cover letter should describe the candidate’s research experience (highlighting skills relevant to the position), research interests, career goals, and available start date. Please provide links to two representative publications in your cover letter or include them in the application PDF file. Application review will begin in October and continue until the position is filled.

Arizona State University (ASU) is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.