Research Associate – Photonic Biosensing

University of British Columbia


Job Class
College Non Bargaining

Job Title
Analysis Affiliate – Photonic Biosensing

Cheung Division of Electrical and Laptop Engineering College of Utilized Science (Karen Cheung)

Posting Finish Date
March 15, 2024

Word: Functions can be accepted till 11:59 PM on the day previous to the Posting Finish Date above.

Job Finish Date
Mar 14, 2025

The anticipated wage for this place is $120,000 per yr.

The Division of Electrical and Laptop Engineering on the College of British Columbia Vancouver campus is searching for purposes for a full-time analysis affiliate within the space of photonic biosensing. The profitable applicant will be part of a multidisciplinary workforce working to develop a conveyable biosensor constructed from state-of-the-art silicon photonics expertise. The multiplexed structure of this biosensor will permit simultaneous detection of various biomarkers for extra informative sensing and diagnostics.

Job Description:

The analysis affiliate will work carefully with the principal investigators of the interdisciplinary silicon photonic biosensor workforce and stay in shut communication whereas independently main the day-to-day analysis operations of the workforce. The profitable applicant could also be concerned in designing photonic built-in circuits, biosensing assays and microfluidic gadgets, operating experiments, microfabricating microfluidic gadgets, prototyping, constructing instrumentation, growing knowledge evaluation workflows, speaking with the workforce, coaching college students, and writing manuscripts and grant purposes. The profitable applicant may also be concerned in main analysis tasks and supervising co-op college students and analysis employees.

This multidisciplinary workforce consists of Principal Investigators Prof. Karen Cheung, Prof. Lukas Chrostowski, and Prof. Sudip Shekhar. Prof. Cheung brings microfluidics and biomedical gadget experience and oversees microfluidic supply and assay growth. Prof. Chrostowski brings lasers and silicon photonics experience and oversees photonic gadget design and laser integration. Prof. Shekhar brings optoelectronics experience, and oversees the readout, detection, and sign processing.  

Candidates should have a PhD in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, physics, or a associated self-discipline, in addition to not less than three years of related postdoctoral coaching. Sturdy written and oral English communication expertise are required. Expertise working in interdisciplinary groups is strongly desired. Expertise with microfluidics, evanescent area sensors (silicon photonics or floor plasmon sensors), immunoassay growth, and/or point-of-care microdevice design and operation are required. The applicant needs to be a self-driven chief and extremely motivated researcher with a wonderful publication document and expertise mentoring and supervising researchers.

Duties will embody, however not be restricted to:

  • Main a multidisciplinary analysis workforce to display simultaneous multiplexed detection of a number of biomarkers utilizing silicon photonic biosensors
  • Creating immunoassays for silicon photonic biosensors, together with sensor biofunctionalization
  • Designing microfluidic gadgets, and coaching and supervising college students on microfluidic design and fabrication
  • Coordinating design and fabrication of silicon photonic biosensor gadgets
  • Creating protocols and workflows for analytical validation and efficiency characterization of novel biosensors
  • Utilizing, bettering upon, and growing scripts and packages for knowledge acquisition and knowledge evaluation utilizing Python and MATLAB
  • (Co)-Supervising 3-7 college students and analysis employees 
  • Utilizing venture administration instruments and workflows to handle the analysis progress of our interdisciplinary workforce
  • Contributing to grant proposals
  • Getting ready manuscripts for publication
  • Getting ready and delivering shows at analysis conferences and conferences
  • Performing vital analysis of the workforce’s experimental knowledge and providing suggestions and steerage on protocol enhancements

Expertise desired:

  • Expertise with immunoassay growth, notably utilizing label-free biosensing approaches
  • Expertise with sensor calibration and analytical validation methods
  • Expertise with microfluidic gadgets, microfabrication, and speedy prototyping
  • Expertise in designing microfluidic programs
  • Expertise performing opto-electrical testing for biosensor purposes
  • Sturdy troubleshooting potential and expertise
  • Information of programming software program drivers to manage {hardware}
  • Fluent with Python, MATLAB, and/or related programming languages
  • Expertise with Photonic Built-in Circuit design software program akin to KLayout or related packages
  • Expertise with Photonic Built-in Circuit tapeout
  • Expertise with the Ansys Lumerical Design Suite or related simulation software program
  • Expertise supervising trainees on the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral degree, in addition to analysis employees
  • Expertise with utilizing and adapting venture administration instruments and workflows for tutorial analysis teams
  • Expertise writing profitable grant proposals

Minimal Necessities:

  • Doctorate diploma in Electrical and Laptop Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, or a associated self-discipline
  • Graduating thesis within the area of biosensors, immunoassay growth, silicon photonics, or microfluidics
  • At the very least three years of postdoctoral coaching in a related self-discipline (biosensors, immunoassay growth, silicon photonics, or microfluidics – ideally complementary to the self-discipline of their thesis)
  • A superb publication document, with a number of first-author and co-authored publications in related fields (biosensors, immunoassay growth, silicon photonics, and microfluidics)

Job particulars and software course of:

Functions can be accepted till 11:59 PM on March 14, 2024. The anticipated begin date is as quickly as attainable after time limit. This preliminary appointment is for a one-year time period, with risk of extension topic to work efficiency and out there funding. The beginning wage is $120,000 every year. 

To use, please present the next: a one-page letter of intent which features a assertion of your analysis curiosity, an in depth curriculum vitae, a PDF copy or a hyperlink to one among your current and associated peer-reviewed publications, and the names of three references. Please submit the requested paperwork in a single mixed PDF file. Solely accomplished purposes can be thought of. 

Full software packages needs to be submitted on-line via the UBC College Careers job portal ( 

In regards to the Division of Electrical and Laptop Engineering:

The College of British Columbia is a Tier One analysis college with over 55,000 college students and 5,700 school, ranked among the many high twenty universities on this planet and the highest three in Canada. The Division of Electrical and Laptop Engineering is without doubt one of the largest educational models at UBC, with over 400 graduate college students and 1,100 undergraduate college students. The division is located on UBC’s Level Gray campus in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver is persistently rated as one of many world’s most livable cities. The College of British Columbia and the Division of Electrical and Laptop Engineering acknowledge the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) individuals on whose conventional, ancestral, and unceded territory the College resides.
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