Job Posting: Postdoctoral fellow in biological active matter physics

The Robertson-Anderson lab invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow to conduct cutting-edge collaborative research, funded by an NSF DMREF Award, to create and understand a new class of autonomous biotic-abiotic biomaterials that harness bacteria cells and cytoskeleton motors to power hydrogels. The open postdoctoral position is highly interdisciplinary and will provide ample opportunities for developing expertise in: optical tweezers microrheology, fluorescence microscopy, high throughput computational data acquisition and analysis, DDM and fourier image analysis, cytoskeleton protein purification and characterization, and materials design and synthesis. This research also includes collaborations with researchers from University of Chicago, UCSB, Syracuse, and RIT, so the postdoc will build a strong national network of mentors and peers at top-ranking research universities. Finally, the postdoc will have opportunities to mentor undergraduates, and teach should s/he desire.
The Robertson-Anderson lab, in the Physics and Biophysics Department at the University of San Diego, specializes in designing bio-inspired soft materials with novel emergent properties, and elucidating the macromolecular dynamics that give rise to the fascinating physical properties that these active materials exhibit. To this end, we develop and use optical tweezers and fluorescence microscopy techniques to characterize microrheological, dynamical, and structural properties. We are a diverse and dynamic group of postdocs, undergraduates, and collaborators from across the world, and our research is broadly funded by NSF, WM Keck Foundation, NIH, AFOSR, and Research Corporation.  
Application process: Candidates should have a PhD in physics, although related doctoral degrees will be considered. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, and 3 letters of recommendation. All materials should be emailed to randerson@sandiego.edu. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.