The Linnes Laboratory at Purdue University has an immediate opening for a full-time Post Doctoral Research Assistant to design and translate paper-based point-of-care diagnostic devices emanating from projects sponsored by the NIH and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The goal of the project is to design and translate paper-based diagnostic platforms to enable low-cost and robust device manufacturing at scale. The postdoctoral fellow involved in the project will perform applied experimental research to design, tune, scale, and evaluate these rapid point-of-care testing platforms at the cut sheet and roll-to-roll manufacturing scales. S/he will develop critical design parameters by working directly with experts in molecular assay development, reagent storage, ink-jet printing, and metrology. S/he will have access to Purdue’s roll-to-roll manufacturing at the state-of-the-art Birck Nanotechnology Facility for fabrication.
Activities may involve but are not limited to paper-fluidic device design, process control target development, low-volume cut-sheet production, and medium volume roll-to-roll manufacturing, and immunoassay and isothermal amplification and reagent storage optimization. The applicant will be expected to assist with supervision and mentorship of graduate and undergraduate research assistants and actively publish results of their research in peer-reviews journals and conference proceedings. Further, the platforms will be designed through cross-disciplinary collaborations with multiple stakeholders including community health workers, contract manufacturers, patients, and other health services.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in relevant mechanical biomedical/bioengineering, materials science, or related fields. Prior experience in microfluidics/paper-fluidics, inkjet printing, bioassay development, lateral flow immunoassays, reel-to-reel manufacturing, human-centered design and/or point-of-care diagnostic device development is required. Strong oral and written communication skills are necessary as is previous experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and engaging with community stakeholders. The candidate should be proactive and organized, with the ambition and commitment to excel in a highly cooperative, interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and productive translational research environment.
Purdue University is a land grant-university located in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA dedicated to learning, discovery, and engagement. The university is consistently ranked among the leading research institutions in the country. Purdue is one hour from Indianapolis and two hours from Chicago.
Applicants should contact Prof. Jacqueline Linnes directly (jlinnes @ purdue.edu) with their cover letter and CV to apply. Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.