Open Positions

Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate – Instrument Prototyping/Microfluidics

Position Summary

The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Fellow to lead scientific aspects of projects involving healthcare diagnostic instrument prototyping. The Kelley Lab at the University of Toronto ( is looking for a highly motivated individual in the field of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a related discipline to be involved in a highly interdisciplinary research project aimed at developing prototype instrumentation for automation of a microfluidic device based technology.


The successful candidate will work closely with the scientific team in the Kelley group to develop and validate this prototype platform as a diagnostic device. He/she will work with a highly interdisciplinary team of chemists, engineers, biochemists, biologists, and clinicians to achieve this goal. The responsibilities of the PDF involve conducting relevant research and method development, development and buildout of prototype instrumentation, development of automation software, data analysis and reporting, validation of process with in collaboration with other researchers, liaison with our collaborators, the formulation of new research directions, day to day project planning and scheduling, presentation of research results.


  • PhD in Mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, or biomedical Engineering, Medical Biophysics or a related discipline;

  • Obtained PhD within the last 3 years.

  • Experience in instrument prototyping.

  • Experience in software development.

  • Strong communication and organizational skills;

  • Self-motivated with an ability to multi-task;

  • Demonstrated track record in research excellence

  • Ability to work in a collaborative group; ability to co-ordinate a small group of researchers.

Please Reference "Instrument Prototyping/Microfluidics PDF Position" in your email Subject Line. Send correspondence to both Prof. Kelley and Dr. Pereira.

Graduate Students

Candidates are sought for all projects in the research group. Prospective students should apply though one of the group's affiliated departments - Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy), Department of Chemistry (Faculty of Arts and Science), Department of Biochemistry (Faculty of Medicine), and Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering). Students must meet criteria for admission to one of these programs before inquiring for a position. Students seeking a PhD track are preferred. Candidate students should email Prof. Kelley and cc Dr. Pereira, outlining their research interests and providing PDF copies of their CV and transcripts.