Duke University, Biomedical Engineering

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Position ID:Duke-BME-DUKESEGURA [#24216]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Engineering / Biomedical
Appl Deadline: (posted 2023/01/24, listed until 2023/12/31)
Position Description:    

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The Segura laboratory is looking for a postdoctoral scholar in the area of polymer synthesis and polymer design. Desired applicants should have ample experience with the synthesis and characterization of polymers. Our current projects involve synthesis of block copolymers and protein-polymer conjugates via thiolene chemistry, RAFT, and anionic polymerization. We are seeking to expand our chemical expertise to enable the design of drug delivery strategies and scaffolds for endogenous tissue repair. One part of the project involves the synthesis of a family of an amphiphilic block copolymer that self-assemble to form micelles, vesicles, and gels. These materials have been shown to solubilize hydrophobic drugs and lead to improve tissue regeneration in the skin. A second part of the project involves the synthesis of protein-polymer conjugates for gene editing. These materials have been shown to effectively carry genetic or protein material into the cell.

The Segura lab is located in Duke University departments of Biomedical Engineering, Neurology and Dermatology. It is an energetic place to work with members across a variety of career stages. We currently have 5 undergraduate students, 12 graduate students, 2 postdoctoral scholars and one senior scientist. Although all members work on distinct research efforts, collaborations are expected and desired. All of our projects involve some chemistry, so ability to mentor across different career stages, and collaborate is expected.

Interested applicants should email Prof. Segura at tatiana.segura@duke.edu. In the email please include an application package, containing a cover letter, CV, brief research background and proposal demonstrating polymer chemistry skills.

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