Postdoctoral Researcher Opportunity – Keywords: nanosensors, glucose, SERS, in vivo imaging, plasmonics

A research position (post-doctoral fellowship) is immediately available to work on the development of nanosensors for in vivo biosensing, with a focus on continuous glucose monitoring. The Van Duyne lab has established a leadership position in the field of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and related techniques to push the limits of molecular sensing.

Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) will enable tighter control of glucose levels for diabetic patients, thus facilitating self-monitoring while providing a more complete view of glucose fluctuations. Developing a CGM system that is minimally invasive and has a long operational window (weeks to months range) is a challenging but likely attainable target to help diabetic patients better control their glucose levels.

This project is part of a collaboration with the Mrskich group at Northwestern University. Two SERS sensors have been designed and several ligands that are specific towards glucose have or are being synthesized and are currently being evaluated. The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for leading the in vivo evaluation of these sensors in rats.

Preferred Qualifications and Competencies

• Highly motivated researcher with a PhD in biomedical engineering, chemistry, chemical
engineering, or closely related disciplines

• Prior experience working with small live animals (rats)

• Prior experience with real-time bioimaging, SERS and/or SESORS

• Ability and desire to work as a team member on a highly collaborative project

• Self-motivated individual, capable of working independently with minimum guidance

• Excellent communication and project management skills

About this position
Funding for this project has been secured through August 2019. This position is full time and benefits eligible, in accordance with Northwestern University’s Human Resources policies.  Northwestern postdocs have access to professional development and community-building events through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (

Application steps
Candidates should submit a brief introduction of their academic/research background, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to


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  • Professor Richard Van Duyne

    Additional Information

    Discoverer of Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (1977)
    Inventor of Nanosphere Lithography (1995) & Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy (2000)

  • Group Members

    Professor Van Duyne has, in his career to date, advised a total of 87 graduate students and 47 postdoctoral fellows. Every year, Professor Van Duyne gives a talk to introduce new graduate students to our research. The 2017 seminar slides are available here.

  • News

    Professor Van Duyne was recently named a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow by the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct "high risk, high payoff" basic scientific research. Read more here