Postdoctoral Associate - Abbaspourrad Lab

Postdoctoral Associate - Abbaspourrad Lab


Postdoctoral Associate (2-4 upcoming vacancies)
Department of Food Science 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ithaca, NY

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.  CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world.

The Abbaspourrad Lab is searching for multiple Postdoctoral Associates to join one of the largest cross-disciplinary research labs at Cornell University. The PI and members leverage by successfully established multidisciplinary research areas include (i) bioassays for detection, separation, and manipulation of bacteria and viruses using microfluidics; (ii) synthesis of polymers and small molecules; (iii) encapsulation and functionalization of ingredients and bioactives; (iv) identification and conversion of waste to value-added products and wastewater treatment, and (v) big data, holistic modeling, and simulation. 

The lab is well-equipped with a variety of instrumentation to perform both the experimental and theoretical work in this area, housing both a full analytical facility with in-house instrumentation as well as a spacious prototyping and experimentation labs. Researchers in the Abbaspourrad Lab are experienced in all aspects of academic and industrial research activity, from experimental design and interdisciplinary collaboration, through scale-up and commercialization techniques. The team has conducted research on behalf of many companies and federal agencies through sponsored research projects that resulted in the publication of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and 13 patents; these opportunities provide the greatest training and experience to tackle projects that are highly complex and interdisciplinary. 

This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of extension based upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Position Function 
The Post-doctoral Associate will be responsible for carrying out the experiments, performing the characterization, reporting, and presenting data to sponsor(s) for the assigned projects. The Abbaspourrad Lab is welcoming smart and hard-working talents in the following areas: 

• Organ-one-a-chip 

• Microorganism detection and separation 

• Polymer and organic molecule synthesis 

• Characterization, Treatment, and Conversion of Waste to Value 

Academic training: a Ph.D. in food science, chemistry, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, material science, polymer chemistry, or tissue engineering; Demonstrated experience with one or two areas such as bacteria and virus detection and antibacterial susceptibility (AST); Gut-on-a-chip; Droplet-based microfluidics and loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP); Biosensor; Synthesis of polymer brushes, polymer beads, and polymer microparticles using the living and free radical polymerization (LRP and FRP) method; Organic synthesis focused on the modification of supplements; Waste management focusing on wastewater treatment, identification and isolation of value-added products from waste streams, and modification of waste material for specialty applications; Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities, troubleshoot technical issues, and develop and execute detailed technical protocols; Strong documentation and written and oral communication skills; And ability to work independently, self-motivated, and as part of a team.


The post-doc associate will email a weekly report in the form of PowerPoint slides. The slides must include acquired data (images, graphs, etc.) and a description of each data presented in the slide. The Post-doc will attend weekly group meetings and present research findings once a month to all members of the group meeting. While working on research projects funded by companies, the Post-doc Associate may need to travel to present her/his data, visit company/plant sites and meet with scientists 2 to 4 times per year depending on project requirements.

Supervision Exercised

This research is designed to be performed with one post-doc associate and the help of one master student or an undergraduate. Supervision will encompass the weekly meeting, brainstorming, and evaluation of the project progress, the monthly report prepared by the post-doc on what was planned initially, and the outcomes achieved. This approach will help to direct the post-doc and student to get the desired outcomes with enhanced efficiency.

This Post-doctoral Associate opportunity requires an individual that is available to work a non-standard schedule as needed to conduct research and experiments. This is not a typical 9 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday position due to the many active projects that are in process in the Abbaspourrad Lab.

Application Instructions: 

Interested applicants should submit a CV, letter of interest, research statement, contact information for 3 references and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion via Academic Jobs Online at the following link: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected. If you have questions about this position, please email

Important Note: The hired post-docs are required to generate new ideas and draft the potential proposals.


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