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Interdisciplinary Post-Doc in Biology and Engineering
University of Central Florida

Date Posted Sep. 13, 2018
Title Interdisciplinary Post-Doc in Biology and Engineering
University University of Central Florida
Department Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Engineering
Application Deadline until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Orlando, FL
    United States
  • Post-Doc
  • Biology - Molecular
    Biology - Microbiology

We are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow who has a background in microbiology and interest/experience in engineering mechanics. He or she will be involved in an interdisciplinary project for investigation of bacterial cell interactions with microtextured substrates in an aquatic environment. The objective is to characterize the colonization of cells and growth of biofilms on surfaces which are both highly deformable and resistant to biofouling. The position requires a deep understanding of experimental design and experience cultivating and quantifying microbial populations. The post-doctoral scholar will be co-advised by Dr. Andrew Dickerson ( and Dr. Charissa de Bekker (

Desired qualifications:

  • PhD in Biology; Mechanical, Biomedical, or Bio-Engineering; Applied Mathematics, Physics, or related area.
  • General expertise in microbiology. Experience in molecular microbiology is even more desirable.
  • Familiarity with fluid and solid mechanics is considered highly advantageous, but not required.
  • While additional fluid mechanics experience is favored, successful candidates should at least show a willingness to work across disciplines and mechanics as necessary.

The contract period is 2 years and can be extended.

About the University of Central Florida:
Located in east Orlando, UCF is an emerging preeminent research university in Florida. UCF is a Hispanic-serving institution with a large, diverse student population. It is one of the largest universities in the U.S., and one of the country’s fastest growing universities in research activity.

Applicants must provide a CV including education, experience and qualifications, and publications, and a brief description of your scientific background and motivation to work across the disciplines of fluid mechanics and molecular microbiology. Moreover, candidates should identify their best / most influential publication accompanied by a short explanation for their choice. Candidates should also include the names of three potential references.

Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Applicants should submit the application materials electronically to:
Dr. Andrew Dickerson,

Application deadline: 30 September, 2018 or until filled

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