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Available Positions

Join the team!

Multiple opennings available!

The Cai lab, part of the Health Technology and Engineering Institute (Tech4Health) at NYUGSOM, aims to build new paradigms of nanotechnology for biological and biomedical applications, including nanoengineered cell interfaces for mechanobiology, optical metasurfaces for imaging and sensing. Our research work has been published in Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Protocols, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, ACS Photonics, npj computational materials, etc. We constantly look for excellent candidates from all levels from postdocs, PhD students, to undergraduates.

  • Cell mechanobiology and nanoengineered cell interfaces

We build new paradigms of mechanobiology study by adopting advanced nanotechnologies. Candidates should backgrounds in cell biology, biomaterials, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering or other related fields. Research experience in biomaterials (e.g., hydrogels), cell signaling, mechanobiology, mechanotransduction, biomechanics and biophysics is encouraged.

  • Nanophotonics, optical metasurfaces and metamaterials

We build optical metasurfaces and metamaterials for imaging and sensing, with dynamic tunable functions, and biomedical applications for both basic research and health care. We also develop novel inverse design strategy, fabrication and integration methods with both top-down lithography and bottom-up self-assembly approaches. We seek candidates from backgrounds of engineering (electrical, mechanical, etc), optics, physics, materials science or other related fields.

The Tech4Health Institute serves as a hub for the development of new enabling technologies that will advance basic biomedical discovery and clinical care, with close collaboration with biologists and doctors at NYUGSOM, as well as scientists and engineers from worldwide institutions. Immersed in the unique vibrant and innovative environment of the New York City, and one of the foremost medical schools in the world, this is an ideal place for engineering researchers to design technologies to improve human health, a mission never more relevant than today (learn more). 

These positions will receive competitive stipend and benefits such as health insurance and university housing. Interested individuals should send their curriculum vitae to Prof. Cai’s email Please indicate the position you apply for in the subject, include a detailed descriptions of research interests, CV with a full list of publications, and names of three references.

Research Assistantship

Prospective and current graduate students in related programs at NYU, NYUGSOM, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, are welcome to join the research group. We can recruit students in the NYUGSOM PhD programs such as Biomedical Imaging & Technology and Cell Biology, and Tandon Engineering PhD programs such as Biomedical Engineering. Interested students are encouraged to contact Prof. Cai, and explore the opportunity of advising or co-advising.

Guided research

The Cai lab is also open to graduate and undergraduate students for guided research. Previous research experience in chemical/bio wet lab/cleanroom, dry lab data analysis, simulation and coding skills, are preferred but not required.

Visiting scholar/student

Visiting scholars and outstanding visiting Ph.D. students in related fields are also welcome to apply!

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