Department of Chemistry



Postdoc - University of Virginia

The Cai Soft Biomatter Laboratory at the University of Virginia is seeking to fill a Postdoctoral Researcher position in 3D printing of soft biomaterials. The project consists of two core areas: (1) materials innovation and (2) technology development. The successful candidate will develop new soft materials as inks for 3D printing, and use customized 3D printing technologies to transform the materials to adaptive structures for photonic and biomedical applications. The project integrates polymer chemistry, polymer physics, advanced characterization (TEM, AFM, SEM), in-situ SAXS, microscopy, mechanics, 3D printing, and instrumentation. The candidate will have the opportunity to closely work with a group of members consisting of chemists, materials scientists, biomedical engineers, physicists, and medical doctors.


Additional Responsibilities include: managing laboratory facilities, performing measurements, updating equipment, developing procedures for operation and safety, supporting undergraduate/graduate research and fielding questions regarding procedures. The successful applicant will also participate in guiding students in measurements and analysis of their data as well as helping to draft proposals, reports, and research papers. The appointment will be for one-year, renewable pending satisfactory performance and funding.


Qualification requirements: Candidates must have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering or a closely related field. Candidates with expertise in polymer chemistry and/or 3D printing are strongly encouraged to apply. However, qualified candidates with other background will also be considered. Good oral and written communication skills, as well as attention to detail and good record keeping, are essential.


Application procedure: Interested applicants please submit a one-page cover letter, CV, a one-page research statement, a 3-slide presentation that summarizes your previous work, and the contact information for three references.


Application deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.


For questions regarding this position, please contact Prof. Liheng Cai at



Liheng Cai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Engineering and Applied Science

University of Virginia

Office: Wilsdorf Hall 228

Phone: 434-924-2512