Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Drexel University

United States


Job Overview

A post-doctoral research position is available in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University, in the Microencapsulation Laboratory of Dr. Margaret Wheatley. 

Research conducted in the Microencapsulation Lab involves the development and evaluation of new contrast agents for molecular imaging and drug delivery. Towards this goal our group has developed an ultrasound sensitive, surfactant-based oxygen microbubble platform. After intravenous injection of O2 microbubbles, ultrasound can be used to noninvasively rupture the bubbles within a tumor, providing a localized release of O2 which dramatically improves efficacy of radiation therapy. While promising, clinical translation of this platform would be greatly facilitated if the duration of oxygenation were increased beyond the current 2-3 mins. The scientific premise of the proposed post-doctoral work is that we can overcome the translational limitations of our current O2 microbubble platform by including additional therapeutic agents in the bubble. 

The position is initially available for 1 year with possibility of extension contingent on strong performance.



Candidates should have received their doctoral degrees within the last 5 years in biomedical, or chemical engineering, biophysics or a related area.

A background in biophysics related research is desired, with a strong chemistry knowledge. 
Experience in in-vitro and in-vivo testing, and acoustic characterization preferred.


Essential Functions

Individual research will be focused on contrast agent development and contrast imaging which will be the primary responsibility, but the position also involves helping graduate students and other researchers plan and perform experiments, analyze data, and communicate results in reports and scientific publications. The ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, to manage multiple projects, and to learn new skills quickly are all important to being successful in this position. Good communication skills and good hands-on experimental skills are essential. Experience in ultrasound contrast agent development would be ideal. 


Supplemental Posting Information

This position is supported fully or partially by external funds; therefore, the continuation of employment is contingent on receipt of those external funds. 

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation. 

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Documents that Must be Associated with this Posting

Cover Letter 


Position Location

Lebow 48A

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