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Postdoctoral Scholar - Biomolecular Engineering/Biological Nanotechnology, Department of Chemical Engineering

University of Washington
Seattle, Washington, United States
11 days ago


The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington is looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated postdoctoral scholars to work on multidisciplinary projects sponsored by the DOE-funded Center for the Science of Synthesis Across Scales. Successful candidates will be supervised by Prof. Baneyx. They will conduct collaborative research on protein-based hybrid and hierarchical materials with an emphasis on dynamic reconfiguration and new functions, properties, and/or morphologies. A list of CSSAS publications can be found here.

Ideal candidates will be creative and passionate individuals with hands-on experience in molecular biology, protein engineering, protein expression in bacterial systems, protein purification and protein characterization. Experience with microscopy (optical, fluorescence, confocal, Raman), AFM/SPM, SEM/TEM and other characterization techniques at the bio-nano interface (SPR, QCM, XPS, XRD, SFG, etc) a plus.     

This position is offered for 1 year (12 months). Renewability will depend on job performance and funding availability.

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Duties & Responsibilities

Successful candidates will be conducting research on protein-based hybrid and hierarchical materials. Additional responsibilities include:

  1. Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students
  2. Participating and contributing to regular lab meetings and center-level meetings
  3. Writing and publishing results in scientific journals
  4. Presenting research results to peers and at conferences
  5. Participating in professional development activities, including DEIA efforts

Note:  Postdoctoral scholars at UW are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to a collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website:"

The UW has a culture of inter-departmental and cross-college collaborations, as well as close relationships with regional institutes, clinics, and industry partners.  The University of Washington is a leader in clean energy (, molecular engineering and sciences (, nano-engineered systems (, medicine (, and advancing data sciences across all disciplines ( 

Our department offers a highly collegial and collaborative culture, with broad interdisciplinary research ties across campus. We are building a culturally diverse faculty and encourage applications from women and minority candidates, individuals with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented or minoritized groups. We look forward to learning how the applicant's values, experiences, research, and service would support our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in engineering, molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or related field.
  • Experience in molecular biology, protein engineering, protein expression, protein purification, and protein characterization
  • Ability to function and thrive in a multidisciplinary environment and to work in teams
  • Experience in publishing articles in peer reviewed journals
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Interest in mentoring / supervising graduate and undergraduate students
  • Ability to manage priorities and timelines

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in microscopy (optical, confocal, fluorescence, Raman, SEM, TEM, AFM, SPM)
  • Experience in bionano characterization (SPR, QCM, SFG, XRD, SAXS, ellipsometry, etc)
Application Instructions

Applications accepted through Interfolio at:

1.  CV

2. Cover letter describing qualifications, professional goals, professional experience, and interest in the position. If you are missing “minimum requirements” or have “desired qualifications”, please describe in your cover letter and CV.

3. Diversity Statement. A one-page description of your contribution to and vision for promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

4. Contact information for 3 references and brief description of why each person is listed.

5.  State law requires that the University of Washington obtain the Disclosure of Sexual Misconduct declaration signed by the candidate. The declaration will require you to disclose any substantiated findings of sexual misconduct, to authorize current and past employers to disclose to the UW any sexual misconduct currently being investigated and/or committed by you, and to release current and past employers from any liability.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information

Under Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63903176
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Position Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Biomolecular Engineering/Biological Nanotechnology, Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Company Name For Job: University of Washington
  • Job Function: Application Scientist,
    Bioinformatic Scientist,
    Research Scientist,
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Min Education: Ph.D.
  • Min Experience: 0-1 Year
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $53,760.00 - $60,780.00 (Yearly Salary)

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