Postdoctoral Fellow Positions

Area of Research: Are you a chemist, physicist, or engineer with interest and expertise in ultra-sensitive bioanalytical detection and/or micro-scale cell culture and analysis? We are team of microfluidics experts who are developing systems related to these concepts, and we are looking for an enthusiastic postdoc to join us in this quest.

Description of duties: The applicant who accepts this post will join our multidisciplinary team working to develop cutting-edge new microfluidic systems for ultra-sensitive detection and/or for micro-scale cell culture and analysis. Upon commencement, the successful applicant may be involved in designing experiments, building instrumentation, collecting results, communicating with the team and sponsor(s), training students, and writing manuscripts and grant applications.

Salary: $35,350 – $55,000 CDN (commensurate with the level of experience)

Required qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD (granted in the last 5 years) in chemistry, physics, engineering, or a related discipline. Strong written and oral English communication skills are required. Experience working in teams is strongly desired. Experience with so-called 'digital' detection schemes, immunoassay development, and/or closed-loop bioreactor design and operation is a plus.

Application instructions: All individuals interested in this position must submit a cover letter, CV, and names of three individuals who are willing to provide letters of reference (reference letters are not required at this stage, but will be requested for those selected to be interviewed). The cover letter should describe your research background, research interests, long-term career goals, and their fit with the focus of this call. Your CV should include your education, publications, awards, conference abstracts, and research experience. Send these documents to Lisa Nguyen by email at

Closing date: Review of applications will commence on September 5, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. All applicants who apply will be advised by email of the outcome of their application within 10 days of the acceptance of the position by the successful applicant.

Supervisor: Professor Aaron Wheeler

Expected start date: September 15, 2020 (this date is flexible based on the selected candidates’ availability)

Term: Initial appointment is for one year at first, with possible renewal for another 1-2 years upon mutual agreement and funding availability.

FTE: 100%. The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (prorated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.