Postdoctoral Fellow Positions

Area of Research: Are you an expert in microparticle manipulation? Our team is developing new technologies in this area and we are searching a new postdoc to join us in this project.

Description of duties: The applicants who accept this post will join our multidisciplinary team (including partners and sponsors in government, academia, and industry) to develop optoelectronic tweezer-based systems for cell and particle manipulation. Upon commencement, the successful applicants may be involved in designing and implementing experiments, building devices and instrumentation, collecting results, training students and other lab-members, and writing manuscripts and grant applications.

Salary: $45,000 – $55,000 CDN (commensurate with the level of experience)

Required qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD (granted in the last 5 years) in chemistry, engineering, physics, or a related discipline, and must have experience with optoelectronic tweezers, optical tweezers, and/or dielectrophoresis. Strong written and oral English communication skills are required, as is experience working in teams. 

Desired qualifications: Experience with microfluidics, genomic STR analysis, genome sequencing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and forensic chemistry and analysis is also relevant to this posting. If you have this experience, please feature it in your cover letter.

Application instructions: All individuals interested in these positions 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 January 16, 2022 and will continue until the positions are filled. All applicants who apply will be advised by email of the outcome of their application within 10 days of the acceptance of the positions by the successful applicants. 

Supervisor:  Professor Aaron Wheeler (see for details about the group)

Expected start date: April 1 2022 (this date is flexible based on the selected candidates’ availability)

Term: Initial appointment is for one year, 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 (pro-rated 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.