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Postdoctoral Fellow


Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, AR United States

Job Description

The BioInnovation and Design Lab at Santa Clara University seeks to hire a postdoctoral scholar who will lead the identification and development of in-depth, real-world data analytics use cases for bioprocessing and biomanufacturing, and prepare them for presentations, publishing, and active-learning workbooks. The initial appointment will be for one year, with possibility of extension subject to performance and availability of funds.

The BioInnovation and Design Lab is dedicated to bridging the gap between academia and the biomedical device, biopharmaceutical, and healthcare innovation industries. The lab sources and project manages research and talent-development collaborations that offer mutual benefit to the University and its partners.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Knowledge and Skills

  • Investigate and identify complex multivariate data analysis problems from the bioprocessing and biomanufacturing industry
  • Perform an exhaustive literature review of existing published biopharmaceutical manufacturing data analytics use cases and data sets
  • Complete advanced data analytics case studies and companion data sets for dissemination
  • Translate the cases into active learning workbooks that will accompany advanced training modules


  • Effective planning, prioritization, and organization of workload and assignments, including handling multiple tasks in a timely manner
  • Work independently and exercise independent judgment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Provides Work Direction:  Ensures that student researchers working under his/her supervision maintain a safe working environment and adhere to standard laboratory practices and guidelines.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred. This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in multivariate analysis for advanced process analytical technology
  • Experience in producing in-depth, real-world data analytics use cases in bioprocessing
  • Strong interest in industry-focused applied research
  • Experience in supervision and direction of student research (preferred but not required)


  • Effective planning, prioritization, and organization of workload and assignments, including handling multiple tasks in a timely manner
  • Work independently and exercise independent judgment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Education:  Doctorate degree in chemical engineering, biotechnology, bioprocess engineering, or a related field

Years of Experience:  3-5 years


Physical Demands

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

• Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.

• May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.

• May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.

• May be required to occasionally travel to outside customers, vendors or suppliers.


Work Enviroment

The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

• Typical office environment.

• Mostly indoor office environment with windows.

• Offices with equipment noise.

• Offices with frequent interruptions.


Work Authorization:  Santa Clara University does not sponsor any visa applications for this position. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence of identity and legal authorization to work in the United States.


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About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees.

Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master's universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California's oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

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  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Doctorate Required
  • Work Experience: 3 - 5 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

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