Postdoc / Staff Scientist Position in iPSC Biology and Microfluidics — National Cancer Institute

Postdoc / Staff Scientist Position in iPSC Biology and Microfluidics

Regenerative Biology Group

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research / National Cancer Institute

A postdoctoral position in induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) biology, label-free cell sorting, and microfluidics is available. The incumbent will lead the characterization of a novel label-free microfluidic cell sorting platform.  We seek motivated scientists who have previous experience handling iPSC lines, differentiating iPSCs along specific lineages, characterizing differentiated cells, as well as extensive experience with multi-color flow cytometry.

This two-year effort starting in the Summer of 2013 will include deriving iPSCs; differentiating iPSCs along ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm lineages; characterizing differentiated cells using established methods for each lineage; and characterizing a microfluidic label-free cell sorting platform for suitability to distinguish between cells at different points along lineage commitment pathways.  Experience in troubleshooting microfluidic or cell sorting devices is strongly recommended but not required.  The position will require collaboration with an industry partner and some travel (3 times per year).

The laboratory is collocated with the Cancer and Developmental Biology Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute (Frederick, MD) and will be interactive with its principal investigators.

Experience Required: A Ph.D. in bioengineering, biology, biochemistry, or related fields with lab or industry experience in iPSC biology, FACS / flow cytometry, and characterization of iPSC-derived differentiated cells. Clinicians (M.D.) with relevant research experience are also encouraged to apply.

Experience Strongly Recommended: Troubleshooting microfluidic or flow cytometry devices.

To apply, visit the Geneva Foundation Web site at:

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  1. Alireza Salmanzzadeh
    Posted June 9, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I recently graduated from Virginia Tech with Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics with optional degree in Biomedical Engineering. I’m writing in response to your announcement: “Postdoc / Staff Scientist Position in iPSC Biology and Microfluidics — National Cancer Institute” (

    Through my Ph.D., I developed an antibody-independent lab-on-a-chip cell manipulation platform to differentiate between cells based on their intrinsic biophysical properties for biomedical applications including early cancer detection, cancer stem cells study, and drug efficacy evaluation. Specifically, I developed this technique to selectively isolate cancer stem cells from normal cancer cells, ovarian cancer cells from peritoneal fluid cells, and CTCs from blood cells. These findings led into publishing more than 8 journal papers and submitting several proposals, including a granted NIH-R21. My academic activities received several awards, including AIChE annual meetings poster awards in 2011 and 2012, the Graduate Man of the Year and the 1st place in Research Excellence Award among Ph.D. students at Virginia Tech.

    Based on my previous research experience and my future goals, I believe my research interests and activities fit this postdoctoral position. I have 2 questions before applying for this position:
    1- Is this position still available?
    2- I was an international student and i’m currently in the process of applying for US residency through NIW/EB2. Is US residency or citizenship required for this position?
    Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you,
    Alireza Salmanzadeh
    PhD, Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University
    School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences
    Bioelectromechanical Systems Laboratory

  2. Posted June 10, 2013 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Hi Alireza,

    Congratulations on your recent graduation! Glad you found the job board, and thanks for your comment — at we post job announcements from various places however we do not have any more information about the positions, and are not involved with recruiting for the jobs other than by posting these announcements to the community. For more details, please directly contact the employer through the link provided in the post: E.g.,

    Best wishes,

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