Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunities

  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University announces the availability of a postdoctoral position in the area of experimental fluid mechanics, starting in the Fall of 2018. The objective of the project is to investigate and model a series of physical processes involved with the dispersion of crude oil spills. Included are breakup, entrainment, and transport of oil with and without dispersants, as well interaction of oil with marine zooplankton in several canonical flow settings, such as breaking waves, plumes, planar shear layers and isotropic turbulence over a wide range of scales.  This effort would include assembly or modifications of specialized facilities, development and applications of novel measurement techniques, detailed measurements and analysis, as well as interactions with collaborating groups from several institutions. A Ph.D. degree and extensive background in fluid mechanics, particularly in experimental research, is required. Prior experience in multiphase flows, turbulent flows, and optical/acoustic measurement techniques is desirable.

    Interested applicants are invited to submit a detailed resume, including an updated list of publications (along with a sample of a couple of these publications) and names of references electronically to or by surface mail to:

    Experimental Fluids Postdoc
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    The Johns Hopkins University
    3400 N. Charles Street
    Latrobe Hall # 223
    Baltimore, MD 21218

    Technical questions on the available positions can be addressed to Prof. J. Katz at

  • Navigation and Locomotor Control in Augmented Reality
    PI’s: Noah Cowan & James Knierim, Johns Hopkins University

    The Cowan and Knierim laboratories have multiple funded projects from NIH and DOD investigating the neural computations that underlie navigation in the physical world. We are using a novel augmented reality apparatus and multi-electrode neural recordings of place cells, grid cells, head direction cells, and other cell types of the hippocampus and related brain regions to reverse engineer the interplay between navigation and locomotor control in freely behaving animals (see and ). We are seeking dynamic and ambitious postdoctoral candidates who are highly skilled in experimental research in potentially diverse areas (e.g. biomechanics, neuroscience, robotics, control systems, or physics). The ideal candidate will also have a strong computational background (e.g. dynamical systems, information theory, control theory) and/or strong data analysis skills (e.g. statistical methods, data mining, Bayesian filtering, spectral analysis, machine learning).

    Qualifications: PhD in Engineering, Neuroscience, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, or related fields. Strong computational and experimental background a must.

    How to apply: Interested applicants should send a single PDF including a brief (1 page) cover letter, CV (no more than 4 pages, including a list of 3 references), and up to two papers to 

  • Postdoctoral positions are available to join a cutting-edge research project conducted by an interdisciplinary research team situated in the Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) and School of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University. The project focuses on developing novel technologies for detection of infectious pathogens and determination of antibiotic susceptibility. The fellows will be responsible for developing self-sustained microfluidic cartridges and instrument for PCR or digital PCR-based bacterial detection and antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST), aiming at addressing the challenge of multi-drug resistance or “superbugs”.  For related work of our laboratories and the project of the positions, please see Analytical Chemistry 89: 11529-11536 (2017); Scientific Reports 8(1):9793 (2018); Science Advances 4: eaat6459 (2018).

    We seek highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals who have a Ph.D. degree with less than 2 years of postdoctoral experience in the areas of microfluidics, bio-instrumentation, infectious diseases diagnostics, or related fields. Experiences with developing PCR cartridges, reagent storage, optical-thermal instrument are highly desired.

    Applications, including curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a brief summary of past accomplishments should be sent by email to:

    Prof. Tza-Huei “Jeff” Wang
    Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Oncology
    Institute for NanoBioTechnology
    Johns Hopkins University
    Phone: (410)516-7086

Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant.

The Whiting School of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering are committed to building a diverse educational environment.


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