Mentor: Dr. Vinoy Thomas, Dr. Yogesh Vohra, Center for Nanoscale Materials and Bio Integration

Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Future Technologies Enabled by Plasma Processes

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) invites applications from highly motivated PhD holders for the position of a postdoctoral researcher to work under the supervision of Dr. Vinoy Thomas, Associate Professor of Materials Engineering, School of Engineering (SoE) and Dr. Yogesh Vohra, Professor/Associate Dean, Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).    The selected candidate will work in the NSF EPSCoR program funded grant “Future Technologies Enabled by Plasma Processes (FTPP).” This position requires a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering or a related discipline.

This position would entail synthesis and incorporation of plasmonic nanoparticles on to polymeric substrates using low temperature plasmas and atmospheric jet plasma systems available at UAB and within the collaborative institutions under various gas conditions. The eventual application will be development of substrates for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) of various biomarkers and exosomes. The experience with spectroscopic, microscopic techniques such as XPS, AFM, SEM, Nano-IR, Raman spectroscopy and other surface properties including wettability and surface chemistry is desirable. The scholar should be required to work with interdisciplinary team of biologists and chemists, physicists, and materials scientists for SERS surface fabrication and characterization. It is expected that the scholar should work in time-bound manner and deliver publishable results according to project milestones and to interact with scientists, faculty, and students from multi-institutional research thrusts/groups and have a have long term commitment to plasma technologies in an academic environment. This position is a full-time one-year appointment funded by the US National Science Foundation. The position is renewable for additional years depending on mutual agreement and funding availability.

Interested applicants should send their updated CV with track record of publications, name of three references and one or two most important publications to Dr Vinoy Thomas ( vthomas@uab.edu) and Dr. Yogesh Vohra (ykvohra@uab.edu), Center for Nanoscale Materials and Bio integration (www.uab.edu/cnmb).

About UAB Postdoc Office

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.

About the University

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.

Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with over 26,000 employees and has an annual state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 14 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, exceeding $527 million in FY18, including $320 million in NIH funding for FY18. UAB ranks 31st among all universities in federal research funding and 15th among public universities. UAB’s NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 20th among all universities in NIH funding and eighth among public universities. The UAB Heersink School of Medicine is ranked 21st among medical schools in NIH funding and eighth among public medical schools.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity, and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

For more information on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at UAB, visit the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  opens a new website, call (205) 934-8762, or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.