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Postdoctoral Position (posted October 2016)
Biostabilization and Bioencapsulation Laboratories, Mechanical Engineering Department
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

A post-doctoral position is available immediately at the Biostabilization and Bioencapsulation Laboratories ( at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Minnesota. The position is focused on developing a novel method for room temperature stabilization and storage of human biospecimens, with specific emphasis on storage stabilization of proteinaceous cancer biomarkers.

Room temperature stabilization by isothermal vitrification requires less stringent processing and storage requirements for biospecimen processing, transport, and storage resulting in significant cost savings. Isothermal vitrification also helps avoid the physical, thermal, and chemical stresses imposed on macromolecules during processing and cryogenic storage, ensuring that the molecular information content of the biospecimens are preserved. Our group has developed an adsorbing/dissolving lyoprotectant matrix, and a complementary isothermal vitrification procedure to stabilize human serum (see a recent publication from our
group on this research at During the developmentstage of this research, we have established post-storage information recovery of >90% for the five model serum biomarkers studies. We are currently in the validation stage of the project where further characterization and long-term stabilization studies are being conducted in collaboration with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN with the goal of validating the method for +300 serum biomarkers; a crucial bottleneck for success.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or Molecular Biology (or in a related field) with demonstrated competence, relevant expertise and having published high impact, innovative research publications. Experience in biospecimen science, and/or protein stabilization is desirable but not necessary. 

The post-doctoral associate is expected to perform long term storage stability studies, and
accelerated aging studies using the developed matrix and the methodology, identify possible causes of destabilization/degradation/damage in individual biomarkers and protein families, and develop strategies for improvement. Technical expertise in standard basic molecular analysis techniques such as gel electrophoresis, Western blot, enzyme activity assays, and other protein assays are absolutely required. Knowledge of protein software such as The Basic Alignment Tool (BLAST) and ExPasy are desirable but not required. Experience with physical/chemical characterization techniques such as FTIR, CD, DSC, XRD, etc. is very important.

Candidates must be enthusiastic and dedicated to science with excellent organizational skills and effective at working independently, while also collaborating and assisting the team reaching its collective research goal. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

Application documents must be submitted online through the UMN employment system at: Click on External Faculty and Staff Applicants, enter "313374" in the Job Opening ID, and change the Jobs Posted Within drop down menu to "anytime." At this point a username and password will need to be created to access thesystem.



Vacancy: Graduate Research Assistantship
Location: Biothermal Sciences Laboratory, Villanova University, Villanova, Philadelphia, USA
Closing date: Position open until filled (Date Posted -  December 4, 2015)

Phase Transformations during Desiccation of Microfluidic Water Droplets

The Biothermal Sciences Laboratory at Villanova University has an immediate opening for a graduate Research Assistant.  The assistantship includes complete tuition waivers as well as an annual salary of $20,500.  A requirement for the position is to complete a Masters or Doctoral thesis on the research topic described below.  You would be expected to devote 20-30 hours to research-related work during the school year, and to do full-time research (for pay) during the summers.

The benefits of this opportunity include: 

  • Monthly stipend (plus guaranteed tuition waiver)
  • Training in the use of state-of-the-art scientific instruments
  • Opportunity to contribute to the advancement of cutting-edge research
  • Becoming a published author of at least one journal article and at least one conference presentation
Students with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Bioengineering or related fields are invited to express their interest in this opportunity by submitting a copy of their resume or curriculum vitae (in PDF format or hardcopy only) to Prof. Jens Karlsson
For additional information, please contact Prof. Karlsson, or visit the Biothermal Sciences Laboratory website.
Thesis Research Topic

In this NIH-funded interdisciplinary project, you will explore phase-transformation phenomena and molecular transport processes in non-equilibrium liquids.  The applications for this research include materials processing (controlling microstructure during solidification), biotechnology (preservation of cells), and food technology.  Experiments will focus on investigation of ice and sugar crystals in aqueous solutions, and computer models will be used to simulate novel desiccation strategies that have been proposed for long-term preservation of living cells.

You will have an opportunity to:

  • ┬âUse a unique cryomicroscope system to observe the formation and growth of microscale ice crystals.
  • Use high-speed imaging technology to acquire super-slow motion videos of non-equilibrium phase transformation events
  • Use microfluidic devices to create highly reproducible microdroplets for experimentation.
  • Learn about theoretical modeling of solidification processes (including nucleation and crystal growth kinetics).
  • Gain experience with multiphysics finite-element modeling using the COMSOL Multiphysics software package.

Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in tissue engineering, cell therapy and regenerative medicine.
Location: Department of Pediatric Surgery, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas, USA
Closing Date: Position open until filled (Date posted - November 2015)

The Program in Children’s Regenerative Medicine in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for its Cellular Therapeutics Translational Laboratory and Human Cell Processing cGMP Facility. The successful candidate will report to the Director of the facilities and must be able to work, with minimal supervision, on translational research projects related to tissue engineering, cell therapy and regenerative medicine. Among primary responsibilities, the incumbent will be responsible for the development of improved vitrification solutions and conditions for cells and/or tissues and transitioning innovative tissue engineering therapeutic approaches from experimental pre-clinical models to clinical applications. After proper training, additional responsibilities will include participating in the production of clinical grade, cell and tissue engineered products. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant scientific discipline, research experience in cryobiology and vitrification technology, a keen interest in stem cells, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, and experience with pre-clinical studies using animal models as well as with aseptic methods of harvesting, purification, processing, culture, storage and characterization of human stem cells. He/she will be strongly motivated to work both independently and as a team member in a highly interactive and dynamic research environment, with a proven ability to conduct and publish research and an enthusiasm to learn and develop new techniques. This position will work closely with physicians, scientists, experts in regulatory issues and process development, and other postdoctoral fellows within the Program of Regenerative Medicine.

The Program has over 5,000 square feet of state of the art, fully-equipped basic laboratory and tissue engineering facilities as well as over 2,500 square feet of cGMP laboratories for production of clinical grade, cell and tissue engineered products. This initiative will help to save children’s lives and improve the quality of their lives by developing techniques and therapies to repair damaged organs or birth defects in children.

To apply, please provide a cover letter with a brief description of your research background and interests, and a Curriculum Vitae with the contact information for 3 professional references to Dr. Fabio Triolo ( with a CC to Stephanie Baca (

UTHealth is and EEO/AA employer. UTHealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other basis prohibited by law. EOE/M/D/F/V.

Vacancy: Postdoctoral position is available in a project on cryopreservation of ovarian tissues and improvement of cryopreservation by antifreeze proteins
Location: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Rehovot, ISRAEL
Closing Date: Until filled
We are looking for an enthusiastic and independent excellent researcher to work an exciting project on cryopreservation of bovine ovarian tissues and/or bovine embryos including antifreeze proteins use for improvement of the cryopreservation process. Experience in working with ovarian tissue and/or embryo preservation is preferred.  Other relevant experience will be considered. Academic excellence is an advantage. Applications that include CV and contact information of three referees should be submitted to Prof. Ido Braslavsky at

Vacancy: Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Scholar at CREW

Position type: Paid, full-time, 5-month internship
Location: The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Closing Date: 31 October 2016

Currently, there are three Signature Conservation Projects in CREW’s Animal Division: rhinos, small cats and polar bears. CREW senior scientists are reproductive physiologists, and much of the research conducted in the Animal Division is focused on reproduction (endocrinology, assisted re-production, pregnancy diagnosis, reproductive seasonality) and the cryopreservation of germplasm. However, research does expand into other disciplines based on the challenges facing our Signature species.

For example, studies are ongoing in areas of health, nutrition and disease (bladder cancer in fishing cats, iron storage disease in rhinos), behavior (ameliorating stress in cats, rhino mating interactions) and genetics (polar bear genetic relatedness). The Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Scholar at CREW working in the Animal Division will likely take on a fairly independent study that is related to one of the areas/species mentioned above.

CREW Plant Research Division

There is one Signature Conservation Project in CREW’s Plant Division: Exceptional plants. Exception-al plants are those species for which traditional methods of preservation (such as seed banking) and propagation (such as by seeds or cuttings) are not workable. Much of the work in CREW’s Plant Divi-sion is focused on developing and applying in vitro propagation and cryopreservation protocols for such species. Target species include many of the most endangered species in the U.S., and recent groups of interest have included Trillium and Quercus (oak) species. Studies are ongoing in the areas of genetic diversity of the collection, improving methods of in vitro growth and cryopreservation, the basis of physiological disorders of in vitro-grown tissues (e.g., hyperhydricity), and the role of natural adaptations in determining the responses of species to in vitro propagation and to cryopreservation. The Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Scholar at CREW working in the Plant Division will take on a fairly inde-pendent study that is related to one of the areas/species mentioned above.

The Scholar will be expected to conduct a literature search to set the foundation for her project, draft a research proposal with detailed experimental design, present the idea to the CREW science team, conduct the study itself, compile the data, statistically analyze the data and present the conclusions in both written and oral forms. The research will likely be bench-top based. Extensive field opportu-nities are unlikely. If appropriate, the project could become a part of the Scholar’s dissertation.

Qualifications: Applicants must be female college graduates entering or in graduate or veterinary school or between graduate degrees. College degrees, training and experience should be in a rele-vant area of research such as: animal science, zoology, reproductive physiology, veterinary medicine, plant science, botany, plant physiology, plant development, molecular biology, or cryobiology. Basic laboratory skills are required and preference will be given to applicants with substantial laboratory experience outside of academic course labs. Experience with zoos, wildlife and/or botanical gardens is not required but would be considered favorably.

Working Conditions: Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer, pre-employment drug and nicotine screen and background check. While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is regularly required to stand, walk, and utilize manual dexterity to use computer mouse and keyboard. The incumbent may be exposed to outside weather conditions and must be able to lift/move/carry up to 50 pounds without assistance. Must have and maintain a U.S. driver’s license.

Compensation & Benefits: The maximum stipend for the 5-month internship is $10,000. If the cho-sen applicant works less than 20 weeks, full-time, the stipend will be reduced accordingly. There are no funds for relocating but assistance with housing needs during the internship may be available. Depending on availability, the Zoo maintains an intern house that offers housing at very modest cost and is located directly across the street from the Zoo.

To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website at Cover letter and resume, and contact information for three references should be included in your online application.

Closing date for the first round of applications is October 31st, 2016. The starting date is flexible but the entire internship needs to be completed by the end of 2017. If appropriate candidates are not identified by the initial deadline, the position(s) will remain posted until both qualified Scholars are chosen.

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Vacancy: Postdoctoral fellowship in the area of cryobiology and regenerative medicine
Location: Medical College of Georgia/Augusta University, Augusta, GA, USA
Closing Date: Until filled
A post-doctoral position is available at the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine / Medical College of Georgia to study preservation of stem cells and oocytes. Familiarity with stem cells and oocyte/embryo-related techniques is preferred. Interested applicants should submit a CV and contact information of three references to Dr. Ali Eroglu at

Vacancy: Culture Media Scientist
Location: COOK Medical, 750 Daniels Way, P.O Box 489, Bloomington, IN
Closing Date: Until filled

Department: Engineering

Primary Function:

To oversee and organize all aspects and duties, in a professional manner, that relate to the research and development of Assisted Reproduction Culture Media products and processes. 

Essential Job Functions/Duties (may include other duties as assigned)
• The design, development, manufacture, testing and validation of new media formulations used in Cook Medical’s Assisted Reproductive Technology product range.
• Writing of project documentation including, but not limited to:  Test methods, test reports and validation protocols
• Work in a state that is suitable for the manufacturing of aseptically filled products in an ISO Class 7 Clean Room and ensure all tasks are performed in a manner that is suitable for a clean room environment
• Ensure all procedures are performed to a standard that adheres to Good Manufacturing Practices
• Ensure all new prototype and pilot products are manufactured in accordance to Good Manufacturing Practices
Self-motivated with the ability to work with minimal supervision with initiative and drive for timely completion of project goals.
Prepare and maintain accurate documentation consistent with the  requirements of pertinent regulations and Cook’s Quality Management System where applicable
• Good verbal and written communication skills, effective before groups and in project documentation.
• Make decisions relating to Media R&D projects in consultation with Global Product Manager, Engineering Management, SBU and other relevant departments
• Communicate effectively with Media manufacturing where new formulations, the manufacture of pilot batches or product transfers are required 
• Communicate effectively with Regulatory Affairs staff to ensure that all regulatory requirements are met for new Media products
• Document research and development process through lab notebooks or other accepted methods
• The ability to successfully lead cross functional teams in a Project Leader role (previous project management experience preferred).
• Strong project management skills.

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