The Science Fellows Program: On campus consulting opportunity for postdocs

 

Mission of the Science Fellows Program:

The core function of Science Fellows Program is to provide consulting opportunities for postdoctoral researchers in early-stage startups from the UC Berkeley entrepreneurial community. Berkeley Science Fellows will work in a team with fellow postdocs with complimentary skills and partner with CITRIS Foundry companies to solve specific scientific challenges. Candidates must have a PhD. The Science Fellows are expected to commit four to five hours a week to assist the startup. The hours are flexible, and may be worked out mutually. This is an unpaid (volunteer) program.

Please use this link to register as a Science Fellow: https://goo.gl/forms/WYMAGEsyaHK8TTzU2

 

 

Current postdoc consulting opportunities:

 

mFluiDx

mFluiDx has created a point-of-care molecular microfluidic diagnostic test for testing of infectious diseases. We are looking potential partners that can join our core-team as employees or can transition immediately into at least 20hr/week or full time if offered employment. mFluiDx is located on Stanley Hall QB3 garage, BNC, CITRIS Foundry space (Sutardja Dai Hall 4th floor). Check out this Techcrunch feature for more information.

Position 1: Microfluidic engineer

·  Duties: Microfluidic chip design and testing.

·  Qualifications: Experience in point-of-care diagnostics, sample preparation technology, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, laser cutting, 2D and 3D CAD design, microfluidic design and fabrication.

Position 2: Microbiology scientist

·  Duties: Consult on viral/ bacterial infectious diseases. Help design molecular probes. Run molecular tests.  

·  Qualifications: Microbiology and Molecular and Cell biology. Deep understanding of a broad range of viral/bacterial infectious diseases in developed countries. Experience in drug resistant bacteria. Experience in point-of-care diagnostics, sample preparation technology.

 

 

Smartphage

Smartphage, inc. is proposing a new paradigm in bacterial disease treatment. Starting with digital disease models based on the latest metagenomic sequencing technologies, we seek to identify the specific pathogenic strain(s) associated with a disease.

 

Position 1: Research Scientist

Duties:

  • Create disease models using complex metagenomics data
  • Build library of bacteria and bacteriophage
  • Working with the team to create IP related to the platform
  • Assistance with grant writing and review

 Qualifications:

  • Graduate or post-doctoral work with bioinformatics, bacteria, and/or bacteriophage
  • Ability to spend at least 5 hours per week
  • Ability to work in the uncertainty and speed of startup environments

 Pluses:

  • Have worked with bacteriophage
  • Knowledge of the microbiome
  • Experience with:
    • Computational disease/system models
    • Building and managing a library of cells
    • bioproduction

 Location: We are located on UC Berkeley’s campus and use resources at the Berkeley core lab and QB3 garage.

Time frame: 12 weeks

 

 

DNALiteTherapeutics, Inc

DNALite Therapeutics, Inc. is creating gene therapy solutions for the gastrointestinal tract. Our first lead will replace surgeries in a group of patients that undergo colectomies as a preventative measure against colorectal cancer. We are looking for qualified candidates that will assist the founding team with iterations on our existing liposomal drug delivery system. Our prototype delivery system allows for expression of DNA in intestinal stem cells, which drive multiple diseases in the gastrointestinal tract. We are looking for innovative methods to increase the transfection efficiency of our delivery system in those target cells.

 

Position 1: Research Scientist

Duties:

·  Brainstorming ideas on how to improve the delivery system

·  Formulation of the delivery system

·  Working with the team to create IP related to the iterations

·  Assistance with grant writing and review

 Qualifications:

·  Graduate or post-doctoral work in liposomal or nanoparticle delivery systems

·  Ability to spend at least 5 hours per week

·  Ability to work in the uncertainty and speed of startup environments

 Pluses:

·  Have worked with mucus and mucosal barriers before

·  Knowledge of the gastrointestinal tract

·  Have experience with gene therapy

·  Experience with:

·  Thin-film lipid hydration and/other methods

·  Zeta-potential measurements

·  Lipid extrusion

·  In-vitro and/or ex-vivo mucoadhesion measurements

Location: We are located on UC Berkeley’s campus and use resources at the Berkeley core lab and QB3 garage.