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Postdoctoral Scholar, Departments of Mechanical and Manufacturing, and Biomedical Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering

Job ID: 26544

Updated: August 5, 2022

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Area:     Biosensors and Soft Robotics
Duration:      12+ months  
Start date:     September 2022
Salary:     CAD 50,000 per year, plus University of Calgary Plan C Benefits    

The Departments of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Biomedical Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for Postdoctoral Scholars in the areas of biosensors and soft robotics.

Job Description:
Multiple positions are available in the Advanced Biofabrication Laboratory (“ABL”) and Multifunctional Engineering Dynamics Automation Lab (“MEDAL”) at the University of Calgary in collaboration. The postdoctoral researchers will join interdisciplinary research teams developing novel technologies as follows: 

  1. Nanoclay-based biosensors integrated with a microfluidic chip for diagnosing human diseases using body fluids such as urine, saliva, and blood. 
  2. 3D printed soft robotic arm embedded with sensors and actuators for manipulating soft samples. 

Both works will involve design, modelling, fabrication, system integration, testing and applications. 


  • Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent in Engineering or a related field with a focus in one or more areas, including biosensor design, fabrication, and integration with microfluidic chips, nanoclays for biosensor applications, additive manufacturing, 3D printing, soft robotics, polymer synthesis, etc.
  • The applicant should be motivated and possess excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The successful candidates will have a proven record of success and be able to conduct research independently as well as be part of a team

Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Application details:  
This position is located in Calgary, Alberta. The successful candidate is expected to relocate if necessary, to begin work as soon as possible. 

For full consideration, please submit your application on or before Aug. 31, 2022, 11:59 PM MDT via email to Dr. Keekyoung Kim ([email protected]) and Dr. Simon Park ([email protected]).

Please submit your application as a single PDF file with the subject line: Postdoctoral application – [Your name]. All applications must include:

  • a cover letter including date of availability,* suitability and motivation for the role, including general research/goals statement, sample publications or manuscripts 
  • current curriculum vitae (CV); 
  • official or unofficial copy of diploma(s)/university certificate(s); and
  • contact information including email addresses for two (2) references to support the application.

The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. To find out more about postdoctoral scholar program at the University of Calgary visit our Postdocs website.  

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted further. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, although others are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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