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Assistant Research Professor - Biomedical Engineering

The Active Biomaterials Lab (ABML) seeks a qualified and motivated individual to fill an Assistant Research Professor position to conduct computational and experimental studies on the spatiotemporal bacteria-phage competition. The primary research focus will be studying how bacteria phage microscopic parameters determine the emerging shape of the macroscopic bacteria colony and how it affects colony survival. In addition to research, the successful candidate is encouraged to seek funding from federal agencies and private foundations, as well as supervise graduate and undergraduate students. The ABML studies fundamental principles controlling the self-organization of biological and synthetic active materials in a complex environment.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Computational Modeling, Biomedical Engineering, or a related discipline. Candidates with expertise in computational modeling of complex biological systems are encouraged to apply. The position will be in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department in the new Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building at the heart of the Penn State University Park campus. The Penn State BME department and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences ( provide a rich environment in which faculty, research professors, postdocs, and graduate/undergraduate students regularly interact to conduct collaborative studies. Affiliated faculty, staff, and students can access the Institutes’ state-of-the-art core facilities.

This is a non-tenure-track, term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with an excellent possibility of re-funding. Interested candidates should apply online and submit a single PDF file including: (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) names and addresses of three references. Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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