Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chemistry of Nanovectors for mRNA Delivery

George Mason University
Greater Washington DC Area
Commensurate with education and experience
May 14, 2018
Jul 13, 2018
Field of specialization
Biochemical, Organic, Pharmaceutical
Job Type
Full time

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chemistry of Nanovectors for mRNA Delivery

The Laboratory of Biomaterials and Nanomedicine in the Department of Bioengineering at the Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research (IABR) of George Mason University seeks a postdoctoral research associate with a Ph.D. in chemistry and experience in polymers, lipids, chemical conjugation or modification for delivering nucleic acids. The focus of the laboratory is in the development of delivery systems for mRNA therapeutics using polymers, lipids, synthetic chemistry, conjugates and microfluidic systems. The IABR is located on the Science and Technology campus of George Mason University in Manassas Virginia ( and is part of the greater Washington DC area, with close proximity to several collaborative research facilities.

The Department of Bioengineering ( was established in 2010, and has rapidly grown to 16 full-time faculty. The research and educational focus areas are Biomedical Imaging & Devices, Computational Biomedicine, Biomaterials & Nanomedicine and Neuroengineering. Bioengineering faculty research funding exceeds $20 million currently through National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DoD), and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).


The candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team developing mRNA delivery systems and will be responsible for:

  • Conjugation, synthesis, chemical modification methods and chemical analytics of polymers, lipids, conjugates related to nucleic acid delivery systems.
  • Collaborating with molecular biologists for cell and animal model screening studies and with structural and physical chemists for design, fabrication and characterization of resulting nanovector delivery systems.
  • Manuscript drafting, revisions and publication.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates must have earned a doctorate in chemistry, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, or a closely related field to apply for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with relevant experience and expertise in areas related to the research activities described above.

About Mason:

Mason is the largest public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of approximately 36,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education, and was ranked number one in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report “Up-and-Coming” list of national universities. Mason stands at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories.

The D.C. metro area is home to a number of biotechnology companies and biomedical research institutions, such as the NIH and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The northern Virginia business community includes a large number of Fortune 500 companies. In addition to its 677-acre main campus in Fairfax, Mason has campuses in Arlington and Prince William counties in Virginia, as well as an international campus in Songdo, Korea. Reflective of the university’s strong commitment to biomedical research and biotechnology is the recent launch of the $40 million, 75,000-square-foot Institute for Biomedical Innovation and a strategic partnership focused on personalized health with INOVA, the largest healthcare system in northern Virginia.

Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F279AZ at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, a 1-2 page description of relevant research experience (to be attached as ‘Other Doc’), and a list of three professional references with contact information.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Professor Michael D. Buschmann, Chair, Department of Bioengineering, at (703 755 5627).