Archives—February 2018

University of Pittsburgh: Postdoctoral Positions in Cardiopulmonary Organ-on-a-Chip Bioengineering

Postdoctoral Positions in

Cardiopulmonary Organ-on-a-Chip Bioengineering
A postdoctoral position is available through a collaboration between the laboratories of Dr.
Stephen Chan, M.D., Ph.D., a physician-scientist and Director of the Center for Pulmonary
Vascular Biology and Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and Dr. Warren Ruder, Ph.D., a
synthetic biologist and Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. The
postdoctoral associate will develop an arteriole-on-a-chip system to recapitulate pulmonary
arteriole vasculature in vitro for the purpose of studying pulmonary hypertension (PH). The
system will integrate air-perfused airway epithelial cells with a liquid-perfused co-culture of
pulmonary artery endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, and adventitial fibroblasts in a synthetic
biology-enhanced microfluidic model to study the effects of microRNAs on PH.
A PhD, MD or MD/PhD is required. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, with
excellent written and verbal English communication skills, experience and expertise in cell
culture, molecular biology, and microfluidic systems, and a proven track record of their ability to
develop high impact research projects in the field of bioengineering. Particular consideration will
be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in synthetic biology, and experience
developing organ-on-a-chip systems. The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity
Employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants should forward their CV, statement of research interests, and references
Warren Ruder, Ph.D. ( Stephen Chan, M.D., Ph.D. (
Assistant Professor Associate Professor and Director, Center for
Department of Bioengineering Pulmonary Vascular Biology and Medicine
University of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh and UPMC
The Department of Bioengineering and the Center for Pulmonary Vascular Biology and Medicine
are strongly committed to a diverse academic environment and places high priority on attracting
female and underrepresented minority candidates. We strongly encourage candidates from
these groups to apply for the position.
The University of Pittsburgh affirms and actively promotes the rights of all individuals to equal
opportunity in education and employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age,
religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender
expression, or any other protected class

What are recruiters looking for in 2018?

Summary by Dr. Morrison:


The U.S. Department of Labor recently reported that the economy gained 2.1 million jobs in 2017, bringing the unemployment rate to 4.1 percent. In 2017, STEM focused higher education institutions experienced the most active fall recruiting seasons in years. At Michigan Technological University, recruiting  has increased 28 percent in the last five years and more than 117 percent since 2009. Early indicators of the Spring 2018 recruiting season are that this trend in STEM recruiting will continue. Three leading trends have emerged in the recruiting of STEM students:

  • Continued growth in recruiting at STEM institution-sponsored career fairs,
  • An increase in informal recruiting events on campus, and
  • An increase in corporate involvement across campuses which is breaking down the institutional silos between career services and academic areas across campus.

Read more at NACE, by Sarah Alspaw.

NYU MRSEC Summer REU Program

Announcing 2018 Summer Research Opportunity

NYU Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (NYU-MRSEC) is offering a 10 week REU program from June 3rd to August 11th 2018. We kindly ask that you share the attached flyer with your department and encourage rising sophomores and juniors to apply. To learn more about NYU MRSEC please visit and for the REU program please visit

Program Components:
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) fellowships are awarded to and Engineering Center undergraduates from four-year colleges and universities for participation in a ten-week summer program designed to provide unique research experiences, professional development, and increased awareness of materials science and engineering. Discover and unravel the fundamental organizing principles of matter that impact the fabrication of complex materials – from the molecular to the colloidal to the macroscopic scale!

Benefits for REU participants:
Summer Housing
Research Stipend — $5,000
Travel — upto $300

US Citizen or Permanent Resident

* Program dates: June 3rd to August 11th.
Deadline February 28th 2018

To Download HiRes Flyer (click here)

REU Applications Open – NSF ERC Cell Manufacturing Technologies

Cell Manufacturing Technologies REU Program
Internal Submission Deadline:
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Erin Bryant (Owner), Andrea Soyland
Student Competitions
Award Cycle:
Summer 2018
Maximum Applications Allowed Per Applicant:
Reference Letters Required per Applicant:
CMaT announces its Cell Manufacturing Technologies Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for summer 2018. The REU is a summer research program that will fund undergraduate students assigned to CMaT labs at: Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), University of Georgia (UGA) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW).

What CMaT REU Offers:

10 weeks of hands-on research at GT, UGA or UW
$4500 – $5000 stipend per student.
Free housing & allowances for meals and travel
Grad school prep, faculty mentoring, professional development and social engagement with other students on campus.
Networking with REUs across GT, UGA, and UW
Poster and oral presentation at the end of the summer

Eligibility to Apply:

Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Must be currently enrolled in a science or engineering undergraduate program (biology, chemistry, physics, materials science, bio-engineering, computer science, and related fields).
Students from underrepresented minority groups, women, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application and Program Timeline:

11:59 PM EST Thursday March 1, 2018: ALL application components must be submitted in order to be considered for selection to the 2018 CMaT REU cohort. Your application will not be considered if it is missing any required application components.
We will start to review and consider applications before this date (semi-rolling application) so the earlier you complete your application the better!
Mid March 2018: Acceptance notifications
Late May/early June – end of July/early August: 10 weeks of REU experience at placement institution (GT, UGA or UW)
REU at GT dates: May 20 – July 27, 2018
REU at UGA dates: May 21 – July 28, 2018
REU at UW dates: May 29 – August 4, 2018

Michigan Tech HuskyLEAD to Focus on Leveraging Leadership Skills with Employers

The next workshop in the Spring 2018 HuskyLEAD series will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 15) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A. Faculty and staff are encouraged to pass this information along to students. Attendance is taken at the workshops and can be forwarded to faculty who assign them as a supplement to their curriculum.

The title of tomorrow’s HuskyLEAD is “Leveraging Leadership Skills with Employers.” Participants will learn they don’t have to be in a leadership position to be a leader. They will learn innovative strategies to showcase their best self to future employers.

Presenters are Doug Stage from Kimberly-Clark, Ryan Thompson, fifth year mechanical engineering student and Beth Williams, Michigan Tech’s assistant director of career development education. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end.

HuskyLEAD is a series of hour-long workshops that help Michigan Tech students develop personal, professional, academic and organizational leadership skills. The workshops are free and open to everyone.

For more information, visit the HuskyLEAD website. If you have any questions or comments about the workshops, email Rochelle Spencer or Maryann Wilcox or call 7-1963.

Get WISE Volunteering and Training 2018 at Michigan Tech

Hello Everyone,

On Monday, February 26th the Center for Pre-College Outreach we will be bringing 250 middle school girls to the SDC for our annual Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) event! The students will spend the day learning about STEM and participating in fun and engaging hands-on activities.

But to put on this event we need YOU! The event will last from about 9:00AM to 2:00PM and we need volunteers for any time they are available! Anyone can volunteer for this event and you DO NOT have to be available for the whole day! Also, lunch will be provided to volunteers who are helping at that time.

If you would like to sign up to volunteer for this event please sign up using THIS LINK. We would also appreciate for anyone to forward this to any student groups that would be interested in volunteering! There will be a short training session a few days before the event to get volunteers ready to tackle Get WISE.

All information is in the google form linked above, so please fill it out and join us for a day of learning and fun!

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Lauren Kirwin | Michigan Tech
Coordinator, Center for Pre-College Outreach
906-487-2027 (O) |


2018 REU in Multifunctional Materials – Texas A&M University – Deadline Extended

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University will offer its 3rd annual Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program this summer. Your assistance in circulating the below flyer is kindly requested to announce this great opportunity for students to gain research experience. The application itself will only take a few minutes of the interested participant’s time, although we do also ask for a statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.

The deadline has been extended to: FEBRUARY 16, 2018!