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Research Positions Available

Positions are available for energetic, self-driven and passionate researchers (postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, undergraduate students and visiting scholars). Candidates are expected to be technically competent in a discipline relevant to our mission and vision. 

Our lab creates new platform technologies to address real-world problems in biology and medicine. Our research has led to the first demonstration of magnetic levitation of single cells with broad applications for biology and medicine. This is an entirely new method for single cell research and created a new field of investigation for biological systems, setting a new dimension that has yet to be explored. This magnetic levitation-based technology is used for wide range of applications in medicine, such as, biomarker-free detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from blood; high-throughput drug screening; and rapid detection and monitoring of antibiotic resistance in real-time. 

We look for individuals with backgrounds in Engineering (Bioengineering, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical Engineering etc.), Biology, Microbiology, Genetics or Chemistry. We are looking for researchers with background/interests in these specific areas: microfabrication and device design, microfluidics, magnetics, nano-biomaterials, bacterial infections, infectious diseases, cell sorting. Experience in machine learning, image and video analysis/processing is a plus. Successful applicants possess a variety of qualities, including: great interpersonal communication skills, strong organizational skills, and the ability to work independently.

  • Position 1: The postdoc will lead projects related to developing novel, label-free, magnetic levitation based liquid biopsy tools for the measurement of extremely rare circulating tumor cells (CTCs), cell clusters and exosomes and to study the biology of rare cell populations and understand their role in metastasis.   


  • Position 2: The postdoc will lead projects related to detecting antibiotic and drug susceptibility using magnetic levitation. We will develop microfluidic, point-of-care tools and rapid tests to better diagnose, monitor and understand the emergence of bacterial infections. Experience in bacterial cell culture and infectious diseases is preferred. 

We value motivation more than prior experience in any particular field. Exceptional individuals who do not match these descriptions exactly will also be considered.

Full application should include a research portfolio (research/work experience, technical skills, publications, patents, etc.), a cover letter describing your scientific interests and potential resonances with our research, and your CV.

For inquiries about joining our group, please contact Prof. Durmus at