Postdoctoral scholar position on biofilm systems

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral Scholar
Job Institution: 
Howard University
Job Description: 

Howard University invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar working under the supervision of Dr. Jeseth Delgado Vela. The postdoctoral scholar will work on an NSF-funded project focused on biofilms and medical devices. The researcher will gain knowledge and skills in microbial culturing, bioinformatics, biofilm modeling, surface characterization methods, and microbial ecology of biofilms.  The project will provide a unique opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research. The scholar will have the opportunity to work within state-of-the-art laboratories at the Food and Drug Administration and collaborate with FDA researchers evaluating how material properties effect biofilm formation in medical implants.

Candidates should have a doctoral degree in microbiology, environmental engineering, chemical engineering, biological system engineering, or a related field. Desired qualifications include experience with biofilm modeling, bioinformatics, and biofilm culturing. The ideal candidate is collaborative and flexible and interested in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Dr. Delgado Vela directly at  A resume or CV should be provided in the email that includes relevant experience and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The start date for the position is after October 1, 2021.  

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral university, classified as a high research activity institution. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, its undergraduate, graduate, professional and joint degree programs span more than 120 areas of study within 13 schools and colleges. Howard is recognized by the United States Department of Education as one of the nation’s pre-eminent Historically Black Colleges or Universities (or HBCU’s).

Howard University is located in Washington, DC, where trainees have excellent networking opportunities with local universities, national laboratories, federal agencies, and utilities. Currently, Dr. Delgado Vela collaborates with local utilities and researchers at the Food and Drug Administration.