Postdoctoral Associate in Microfluidics (Lab-on-a-chip)

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • May 21, 2024

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Associate

Job Description:
Do you have a passion for microfluidics and a desire to explore biogeochemical processes in geological environments? The Geofluids Laboratory at the University of Florida's Department of Geological Sciences seeks a highly motivated and results-oriented postdoctoral associate to join our interdisciplinary research team.

The project focuses on developing and utilizing geologically relevant microfluidic chip models to investigate flow and biogeochemical reaction processes. You will collaborate with labs in environmental microbiology and hydrochemistry to explore biogeochemical interactions within these microfluidic systems. Potential applications of this research include hydrogen storage, carbon sequestration, enhanced oil recovery, and contaminant remediation.

Our laboratory fosters the professional growth of postdoctoral associates for successful careers in academia and industry. The position also offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Design and fabricate geomaterial-inspired microfluidic chips.
  • Conduct microfluidic experiments with Micron-resolution PIV (µPIV) system
  • Perform computational modeling to numerically simulate microfluidic experiments (training will be provided).
  • Publish in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Contribute to funding application development.
  • Manage lab environments & Mentor graduate students.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Extensive experience in microfluidic and lab-on-a-chip system development, and their applications.
  • Experience in handling cells in microsystems (in vitro)
  • Additionally, a strong background in geochemistry, imaging, and image analysis is preferred.
  • A Ph.D. from all science and engineering majors, especially in Biochemical, Environmental, or Petroleum disciplines.

UF is the state’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university with an enrollment of over 50,000 students and was ranked 6th in the country among public universities (US News and World Report 2023 rankings), and 1st among public institutions in the Wall Street Journal 2023 survey. UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 2-hour drive to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. UF’s large college sports programs, museums, and performing arts center support a range of activities and cultural events for residents to enjoy. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer a variety of programs including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

Expected Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:
Ph.D. in science or engineering, especially in Biochemical, Environmental, or Petroleum disciplines.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Analytical and organizational skills with attention to detail.
• Experience in microfluidic chip fabrication and experiment.

• Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
• Ability to take initiatives, set priorities, time-manage, and resolve problem

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting. A complete application includes:

  1. Your CV
  2. A cover letter detailing your relevant experience and career objectives (maximum two pages)
  3. The names and email addresses of three references. An email will be sent to your references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet.

Applications will be continuously reviewed until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Sean Yoon at

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The Department of Geological Sciences is committed to promoting an environment that welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, gender identities and expressions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.
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