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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Taylor Lab - Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date Posted 04/24/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Taylor Lab - Mechanical Engineering-2016192



Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE), faculty members, researchers, and students are revolutionizing focus areas in advanced manufacturing, bioengineering, computational engineering, energy and the environment, product design, and robotics. In addition, they are using their expertise in interdisciplinary research centers across the university.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Rebecca Taylor Lab in Mechanical Engineering. In this role, you will carry out advanced independent and/or directed research to achieve the objectives of the research project. This position will require an in depth knowledge of a specialized field, process, subject area and may involve coordinating and implementing complex research plans, the development of methods of research, testing and data collection, analysis and evaluation, and writing reports which contain descriptive, analytical and evaluative content. You will acquire the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of your choosing. You will be responsible for charge of the synthesis, purification and characterization of peptide nucleic acids to support research in the Taylor lab.

The Taylor lab utilizes DNA origami (bottom up manufacturing) to enable nanomanufacturing and nanomechanics of multiprotein systems. The lab also continues investigations into microstructures for biomimetic sensors and actuators (top down manufacturing). The future of manufacturing involves manufacturing across scales, and Taylor is passionate about it.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Synthesize, purify and characterize peptide nucleic acids.
  • Experimentally investigate these peptide nucleic acids for applications in structural nucleic acid nanotechnology.
  • Through journal publications report findings to the broader community.

Are you interested in this opportunity? Please apply!

Flexibility, partnership, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within Carnegie Mellon. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued proficiencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to optimally work well with a dynamic population of partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the university through their work.


  • Doctorate degree required in Chemistry
  • 5 years of experience with peptide nucleic acid synthesis, purification and characterization.
  • Experience in analytical chemistry methods for characterization of peptide nucleic acids.

More Information:

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Job Function
: Research 
Primary Location
: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh 
Time Type: Full Time 
Minimum Education Level: Doctorate 

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