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University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date Posted 05/18/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Candidates interested in a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in the Biomedical Photonics Laboratory should submit a single PDF file including their C.V., the names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing their research interests and qualifications, as well as their availability to begin the appointment. Applications submitted before June 20, 2022 will receive full consideration.

Applications should be sent via e-mail to:

Mary-Ann Mycek, Ph.D.

Interim Chair and Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering

College of Engineering & Medical School

University of Michigan

Email: mycek@umich.edu


The postdoctoral fellow will engage in research on the development and (pre-)clinical testing of optical diagnostic technologies using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS). They will work in a thriving research environment on clinically relevant topics in collaboration with investigators from the U of M’s College of Engineering and Medical School.

Who We Are

The mission of the University of Michigan (U of M) is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The Department of Biomedical Engineering provides leadership in education, training and cutting-edge research by translating science and engineering to solve important challenges in medicine and life sciences to the benefit of humanity.

Research in the Biomedical Photonics Laboratory involves developing and applying methods of optical science and engineering to probe and quantify the living systems found in biology and medicine. Our goal is to impact patient care via the development of non- and minimally-invasive biophotonic diagnostic technologies.

We employ a translational ("bench to bedside") research strategy including three major approaches, which proceed in parallel and are closely related to one another: (1) Optical Molecular Imaging (basic, pre-clinical studies on model systems); (2) Clinical Optical Diagnostics (applied, clinical studies on human tissues); (3) Computational Modeling (quantitative models of light propagation in tissues).

Our research interests include: biomedical photonics; noninvasive tissue diagnostics; optical tissue spectroscopy and imaging; nonlinear ultrafast optical molecular spectroscopy and imaging; microfabricated optoelectronic sensors for biomedicine; computational modeling of light-tissue interactions. For more information visit https://bme.umich.edu/people/mary-ann-mycek/.


The duties and expectations of this position include conducting biophotonics related research (including performing literature searches, developing novel technologies, designing experimental protocols, collecting data, and utilizing specialized skills for data analysis), mentoring and supervising undergraduate and graduate students, collaborating effectively with colleagues and other members of our research laboratory, participating in the preparation of technical reports, scholarly papers, and grant proposals related to this research, and other duties or projects, as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

The candidate for this position will be a highly motivated and creative scientist or engineer with a track record of outstanding research achievement. Applicants should have an interest in working both independently and as part of a team.

Required qualifications include:

·      Ph.D. in biomedical, electrical or optical engineering, physics or a related discipline

·      Strong experimental laboratory and data analysis skills

·      Demonstrated experience with design, build, verification, and validation of innovative optical instrumentation and systems

·      Record of original academic scholarship

·      Excellent oral and written communication skills

·      Ability to work collaboratively and productively with multidisciplinary team members to complete projects.

Desired Qualifications*

·      Computational modeling and programming with experience in MATLAB/Julia/C/C++

·      One or more first-authored journal papers published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal

·      Previous experience with biological systems, including tissues, animal models, clinical studies, and IRB protocols

·      Hands-on experience developing innovative optical systems and instrumentation for both time-domain and continuous wave NIRS and DCS clinical applications

·      Expertise in developing optical technologies using semiconductor lasers, optical fibers, computers, and solid-state detectors

Additional Information

About the College of Engineering

Michigan Engineering seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of the College of Engineering.

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit: https://www.engin.umich.edu/about/diversity/

To learn more about the College of Engineering strategic vision visit: http://strategicvision.engin.umich.edu

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible , are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely.   More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

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