Disease Biophysics Group Postdoctoral Fellow Positions

The Disease Biophysics Group at Harvard University invites applications for a number of Postdoctoral Fellow positions open for projects pertaining to building microscale models of diseased organs. The project requires the assembly of engineered, human microtissues in microfluidic devices that can be interrogated for the genetic, morphological and functional indicators of health, disease, and injury.

The Disease Biophysics Group is a multidisciplinary research group based in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Wyss Institute for Biologically-Inspired Engineering, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.

Candidates with experience in neuronal cell biology, striated and smooth muscle tissue engineering, the cardiac valves, and experimental models of diabetes are encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to hold a doctoral degree in engineering, physiology, or cell biology and have a proven record of high quality publications.

Application Procedure

The application will be assembled as single pdf file: cover letter describing research interests and goals, CV, research statement, a full list of publications and up to three examples of first author papers, and a list of no less than three references with contact information.  Please note that all requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed prior to the start date.  The application should be sent to:dbg-postdoc@seas.harvard.edu

Full consideration will be given to all applications received by February 15, 2013; applications received thereafter will be considered until the positions are filled.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

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What's New

Congratulations for our new Ph.D.’s June 5th, 2014

L-R Sean Sheehy, Borna Dabiri, Professor Parker, Renita Horton and George Ye.

Postdoc Positions Open March 31st, 2014

The Disease Biophysics Group has three open postdoctoral positions to be filled in the summer of 2014:
1) One position in skeletal muscle tissue engineering,
2) One position in cardiac muscle tissue engineering, and
3) One position in nanofibers and materials science (no biology background required).
Competitive candidates should have an earned doctorate in an appropriate field and a record of first author publications. Candidates should submit, as a single PDF file, their cover letter, CV, and first author publications. Three letters of recommendation will be requested after initial screening of applications. Please send materials to Prof Parker, kkparker at seas dot harvard dot edu.

Congratulations to Dr. Leila Deravi!! March 10th, 2014

The DBG would like to congratulate Leila Deravi who has accepted a tenure track position at the University of New Hampshire. She will be an Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Materials Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry. Click here for more information. Please join the DBG in extending Leila a hearty congratulations!!

Welcome to the DBG January 17th, 2014

Please welcome Angie Greer to the DBG. Angie is our new Research Associate. Angie comes to the DBG from the US Army Institute of Surgical Research where she worked in the Combat Casualty Care Battlefield Pain Management Task Area as a Research Associate. She is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom having served in the Army for 4 years. Welcome to the DBG!

Graduate Studies in the DBG December 6th, 2013

Folks, there is more email traffic from PhD applicants than I can respond to. I have posted previously on what your application should look like, so scroll thru our News to see specifics.
Here are the first things I look at when I review an application:
1. Your math (this filters out about 90% of the applicants with BME undergraduate degrees…gotta take PDEs and complex variables)
2. Your lab experience
3. Your grades
4. Your reference letters. If the best thing your letter writer can say is that you sat in front of class, asked questions, turned in HWs, and got an A in the class, that doesn’t really distinguish you.
5. Your essays. Nothing is done until its published. If you can’t write a good response to an essay question, with good English, sentence and paragraph structure, I can’t take you.

Prof Parker