Cornell University, Division of Nutritional Sciences

Position ID:Cornell-DNS-PADNSMEHTA [#21247, WDR-000]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate - Division of Nutritional Sciences
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Engineering
Appl Deadline:none
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Associate – Division of Nutritional Sciences 
Cornell University 

The Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University seeks a Postdoctoral Associate to focus on the development of novel point of need technologies that include lateral flow assays for nutrition, infection, and cancer in human samples, and quantification of nutrients as well as food safety/toxicology/mycotoxin testing in food samples. The candidate will be part of the Mehta Research Group (, and the project builds on our NutriPhone and FeverPhone technology ( and related work. 

The prospective applicant must be highly organized, personable, and motivated to work with others in a group setting that includes graduate and undergraduate students. The successful candidate will have a role in a collaborative enterprise with a team of biomedical engineers, global health professionals, infectious disease experts, as well as local partners throughout India, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. Additional opportunities in global health and for entrepreneurship may also be possible, depending on the candidate’s interest. 

This is a renewable one-year appointment depending on satisfactory job performance and availability of funding. 

The candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a related area of science or engineering. 

Preferred Requirements 
  • Expertise in any or all areas below: 
  • Proficiency in biomolecular assays and techniques, in particular lateral flow assay development, knowledge of nucleic acid methods including qPCR and LAMP. 
  • Experience with biological sample processing and/or quantification of nutrients, toxins such as mycotoxins in various types of samples including food 
  • Any hands-on experience with formulation, characterization, and HPLC or LC-MS/MS process development is a plus. 
  • Development of mobile apps, coding for microcontroller-based projects, basic modeling for 3D printed jobs, basic optics and image processing techniques is a plus. 
  • Knowledge of artificial intelligence (AI) models and development of AI tools with applications in disease detection/diagnosis, personalized disease treatment, medical imaging to detect early signs of disease 
  • Hands-on experience with device engineering and fabrication, rapid diagnostics, and microfluidics 
Interested applicants should submit: (1) CV, (2) Statement of Research Interests, (3) Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and (4) Contact information for three references, at the following link:

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

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Further Info:
Cornell University
Division of Nutritional Sciences
Savage Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853