Research Opportunities

  • The Johns Hopkins University Department of Mechanical Engineering is seeking an Associate Research Scientist who is highly motivated and independent to join the BioMEMS and Single Molecule Dynamics Lab. The Associate Research Scientist is primarily responsible for leading scientific research and technology development related to microfluidic-based in vitro diagnosis of infectious diseases.

    Responsibilities:

    • Lead and participate in self-initiated and assigned research projects with minimal supervision across a wide spectrum of human diseases (including drug-resistant bacterial and fungal infections, sexually transmitted infections, wound infections, sepsis, and HIV) and animal diseases (including zoonotic influenza, emerging coronaviruses, African swine fever, brucellosis), and publish results in peer-reviewed international journals
    • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students to design, perform and troubleshoot experiments at a high standard of excellence
    • Advance technologies beyond the research laboratory setting, such as clinical microbiology laboratory use, commercialization and spin-off, and FDA EUA/510K submissions
    • Lead and contribute to grant proposals for US government agencies such as NIH and USDA
    • Establish and enforce standard operating procedures for ensuring laboratory standards and safety at the BSL-2 standard

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Ph.D. in microbiology, infectious diseases, or related field with a strong track record in the in-vitro diagnosis of human and/or animal infectious diseases
    • 5+ years of postdoctoral research experiences with experiences in working and managing BSL-2 laboratories
    • Experienced in developing nucleic acid testing assays (e.g., PCR, digital PCR, LAMP, RPA, and CRISPR), immunoassays (e.g., ELISA and immuo-PCR), or microbiological assays (e.g., antimicrobial susceptibility testing)
    • Experienced in developing and testing various microfluidic devices (e.g., cleanroom microfabrication, laser cutting, thermoforming, 3D printing, and microscopy)
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills to present and publish research at international conferences and peer-reviewed international journals, as well as excellent interpersonal skills to effectively interact with peers and associates within and outside the lab

    To learn more about JHU BioMEMS and Single Molecule Dynamics Lab, please go to: https://me.jhu.edu/thwang/

    Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experiences but in the range of $65,000 to $75,000. Benefits include health insurance, paid time off, tuition assistance, and 403(b). To learn more, please go to: https://hr.jhu.edu/benefits-worklife/.

    Interested individuals, please submit a letter of interest and CV to:
    Professor Jeff Wang
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Johns Hopkins University

  • The Johns Hopkins Laboratory for Experimental Fluid Dynamics in the department of mechanical engineering is seeking a highly motivated research assistant to contribute to the research in turbulent boundary layer over surface roughness. The assistant’s primary role is to accelerate hologram processing algorithms (currently written in MATLAB) via C/C++ as well as GPU computing. The algorithms are used to extract the 3D velocity field from the holograms taken in the experiments. Candidates are expected to be proficiency in MATLAB and C/C++, have strong coding abilities, and know digital image processing techniques. The assistant will work closely with postdocs and graduate students in the laboratory. Through the work, the assistant will learn the working principle of tomographic holography, apply the coding skills learned in class to real-world problems, and gain substantial research/lab experience. For interested candidates, please send inquiry emails to: Jian Gao at jgao15@jhu.edu 


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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