Post-Doctoral Position in Point-of-Care Technologies


The Erickson Lab at Cornell University seeks a post-doctoral scholar with an interest in point-of-care technologies.

The available position will focus on the development diagnostic technology for Kaposi’s Sarcoma in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The project builds off of our successful KS-Detect technology recently successfully deployed to Uganda.

The successful candidates will be working in collaboration with a team of biomedical engineers, global health practitioners, infectious disease experts, as well as local partners.

The candidate will also have the opportunity to take a leadership role in a growing global and mobile health initiative.  Additional opportunities in the global health and for entrepreneurship may also be possible, depending on the candidate’s interest.

Required qualifications:

Qualified candidates will have a PhD in a related area of science or engineering. – Proof that all Ph.D. requirements have been fulfilled before the start date is required for any postdoc appointment at Cornell University.

Required Competencies:

  • Proficiency in biomolecular assays and techniques in particular nucleic acid methods including qPCR and LAMP.
  • Experience with rapid diagnostics and microfluidics
  • Planning, organization, problem-solving, and coordination;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Ability to lead and organize teams comprised of graduate and undergraduate students

Application Requirements:

Interested candidates should send a CV, a brief statement outlining their qualifications for the position and copies of three relevant publications to  Include the words “Point-of-Care Technology Post-Doc” in the subject of your email.

The positions are available immediately.

Ph.D. Positions – Already admitted to Cornell Ph.D. Program

The Erickson lab has several open Ph.D. positions for students who have already been admitted to Ph.D. program at Cornell in the fields ofMechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Applied Physics, or Electrical Engineering (other fields will also be considered).

If you are interested in joining our lab it is recommended that you send Professor Erickson an email stating your interest as early as possible in the Fall term and set up an appointment.

Ph.D. Positions – Not yet admitted to Cornell Ph.D. Program

Every year new Ph.D. students join our lab. Generally speaking research topics are matched to the student’s interest but typically fall under the catagories listed on our research page. Further information on our research is also availiable from our recent publications.

To be eligable to join our lab, students must be admitted into the PhD program at Cornell University, typically in the graduate feilds of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or Applied Physics. Information on these programs is availiable through the links below. These sites also have comprehensive lists of frequently asked questions which might be of interest to you.

Mechanical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Applied Physics

Though Mechanical Engineering is generally preferred, one thing to keep in mind is that it is often best to apply to the department that best fits your background since some departments have specific program requirements (like qualifying exams in related technical subjects). Information on these requirements is best obtained from the links above. Please note that the admissions deadlines for these programs are typically in late December or early January for Fall admissions. Applicants who apply outside of the regular cycle are not considered for admission.

Interested students are also welcome to send ONE email (and ONE follow up if desired) to which contains a C.V. detailing your background, any publications and research interests. Please note that due to the volume of emails received unfortuanately most inquiries cannot be responded to directly but you can be assured that it has been received. Students who send multiple spam emails to Professor Erickson will not be considered for admission.

Master of Engineering and Undergraduate Positions

For motivated Master of Engineering and Undergraduates students interested in pursuing research in microfluidics, optofluidics or mobile health there are occationally projects availiable. Typically these projects involve independent research work, in collaboration with a Ph.D. student or post-doc. The projects can be either numerical or experimental in nature. We strongly prefer to involve M.Eng. students in research starting at the begining of the fall term through the end of the spring term (an 8 month project). If you are interested please contact Professor Erickson.