Research Scientist

California, United States
24 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
24 Aug 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Summary

A Caltech lab seeks a highly skilled research scientist whose primary work will be focused on the development of novel fieldable medical technologies for disease sensing. Knowledge and background in micro/nanofabrication will be used to build new sensor components. The efficacy of these new instruments will be determined through laboratory and patient testing.  This work will be part of a team effort with other staff, students, and researchers to incorporate biochemical, optical, electrical, and fluidic components into complete systems. The two devices the candidate will be working on are a rapid point of care sample-to-answer polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system to detect pathogens (in particular SARS-CoV-2 for Covid-19 patients) and an implantable wireless blood chemical sensor. General research goals are oriented around developing fabrication techniques for new types of electrical and optical biomolecule sensors.

Job Duties

  • Develop an implantable CMOS-based blood glucose sensor
  • Develop fabrication methods for high-speed PCR chambers, optical subsystems, and chemical storage for SARS-CoV-2 testing system
  • Fabrication of novel implanted electrochemical electrodes and films
  • Work with other engineers and researchers to incorporate the various subsystems for an implanted wireless sensor, and a high-speed sample-to-answer virus detection PCR tool.

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Physics or Applied Physics
  • 1 year postdoctoral scholar experience
  • Experience with the development, laboratory testing, and 'in vivo' testing of disease sensors
  • Proficiency in micro/nanofabrication equipment and techniques, cleanroom operation, and sensor packaging
  • Knowledge in construction of new tooling for micro and nanofabrication

Preferred Qualifications

  • Fabrication experience with CMOS post-processing, modification of sputter processing, and device etching
  • Experience in nanofabrication, including focused ion beam etching, electron beam lithography, and analytical electron microscopy
  • Familiarity with electrical and optical biomolecule sensors
  • Knowledge of 'in vivo' biochemistry and enzymatic reactions
  • Laboratory experience in building systems to optimize performance of electrochemical and biochemical sensors
  • Experience in designing and building fluorescence measurement systems and integrating these with microfluidic devices

Required Documents

  • Resume

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