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Postdoctoral position in DNA nanotechnology

Application Window

Open January 26th, 2021 through Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Copp lab at UC Irvine is immediately seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join the lab’s effort to expand the self-assembly rules and functionality of DNA nanotechnology by harnessing metal-mediated base pairing. Our multidisciplinary research team studies how sequence-encoded biomolecules and synthetic polymers can serve as programmable building blocks for novel photonic and electronic nanomaterials. This research is at the intersection of soft matter physics, chemistry, and nanoscience.

The project specifically involves determination of the structures formed by silver-mediated pairing of DNA and the mechanical and electronic properties of the resulting nanostructures. The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to pursue this interdisciplinary fundamental research project and interact with PIs and researchers with diverse scientific backgrounds.

The eligible candidate should have earned a PhD in materials science, physics, chemistry, or other relevant discipline and have research experience in structural DNA nanotechnology or other macromolecular self-assembly. Significant expertise with atomic force microscopy (AFM) and/or cryo electron microscopy (cryoEM) and strong oral and scientific writing skills are required. Preference will be given to candidates who also demonstrate proficiency in techniques including HPLC/MS, CD spectroscopy, gel electrophoresis, image processing, and fluorescence microscopy.

Selection will place emphasis on expertise and experience, previous publication record, and letters of recommendation. The Copp lab values the inclusion of people from all backgrounds in scientific research and strongly encourages those from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Complete applications must include the following:
• Cover Letter specifically describing the applicant’s career goals and how skills can be applied to the work in this lab
• Detailed CV, including a list of publications
• At least three references
• Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement,


Professor Stacy Copp, PhD
Soft Matter Photonics and Materials Informatics Lab
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Engineering Tower 636
University of California at Irvine

Application Procedure: Applicants will be required to upload a curriculum vitae, name/addresses of at least three references, and cover letter expressing area(s) of interest to our online RECRUIT system at A diversity statement submission is strongly encouraged.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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