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Postdoctoral Associate

Other, Research / Scientific


Postdoctoral Associate

  • 515465
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • Biological Sciences
  • Other
  • Research / Scientific
  • Research Faculty
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

Dr. Jing Chen’s research group at Virginia Tech (chen.biol.vt.edu) seeks to recruit a postdoctoral associate to conduct research on cellular modeling. The Chen group develops mathematical models to study spatiotemporal and mechanical processes in living cells, as well as their coupling to biochemical regulatory pathways. We recently received an NIH R35 grant (Maximizing Investigator's Research Award) to support this broad research effort. We currently focus on cellular mechanisms in mitotic spindle assembly, cancer cell development, gene expression control, and bacterial motility. The specific research project will be defined combining the background and interests of the candidate, and the current interests of the group.

Our modeling projects feature close collaboration with experimental colleagues in our home department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech, as well as experimental groups from other departments and universities. We are dedicated to developing models that bring useful insights to motivate experimental studies and advance the biology field. We also collaborate with mathematicians, statisticians and computer scientists for methodology development to tackle challenges raised by new data. Furthermore, diverse academic backgrounds (physics, biology, engineering, etc.) in the lab trainees creates a stimulating environment for mutual education among different backgrounds.

Responsibilities of the position include conducting research independently, communicating research with the PI and experimental collaborators, writing manuscripts and grants, and presenting at national and international conferences.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. degree in Biophysics, Physics, Applied Math, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related fields. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.

Competence in communication and writing is expected.

Preferred Qualifications

Past research experience in cellular and molecular modeling and in computer programming.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

October 1, 2022

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dreama Price at dreama@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


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