University of Pittsburgh

Biomedical Optical Imaging Laboratory

Open Positions for Postdoctoral Associate

Two Postdoctoral Research Associate positions are available in Biomedical Optical Imaging Laboratory in the Departments of Medicine and Bioengineering at University of Pittsburgh, which is one of the nation's top ranked schools in biomedical research. We look for innovative and highly motivated individuals to work on various aspects of advanced microscopy for chromatin biology and cancer research, including instrument development, image processing, chromatin biology and clinical applications. Our technical development includes high-throughput automated super-resolution microscopy, low-cost optical devices, 3D live-cell imaging and related machine-learning based image processing and disease classification. We aim to understand the pathophysiology of normal biological processes and diseases (such as cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatic diseases and aging). We work primarily with patient-derived samples with the ultimate goal to improve patient care.

The candidate must be self-motivated with a strong passion for research. is expected to independently conduct research, publish scientific findings in prestigious journals and deliver verbal technical presentations in international conferences. The candidate will have a unique great opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team that encompasses expertise in bioengineering, electrical engineering, cancer biology, pathology, and oncology at University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and other top medical centers around the country.

Position 1: The candidate must have a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, optics, biophysics or a related field. A strong background in instrumentation development of high-resolution optical microscopy, automation of microscopy systems, quantitative image analysis and programming skills (e.g., Matlab, Python) are required. Hands-on experience on developing super-resolution microscopy techniques and single molecule microscopy is highly desirable.

Position 2: The candidate must have a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, chemistry, molecular biology or biotechnology. The candidate must have strong technical skills in fluorescence in situ hybridization, molecular cloning, genomic techniques and other common molecular techniques with significant experience in using optical microscopy techniques. Research experience in chromatin biology and cancer research is highly desirable.

We offer excellent salary and benefits. Outstanding individuals with substantial relevant experience in super-resolution microscopy will be considered for senior level positions or have the opportunity to advance to research faculty positions in the future. For interested candidates, please send your CV to Prof. Yang Liu by email (


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