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Post-Doc Fellow Opportunity

I seek talented individuals with a Ph.D., who will work under my supervision on an interdisciplinary research project focused on 1) BioMEMS and biomedical microdevices, 2) embedded systems, 3) cancer biology, 4) animal experiments (implantable microdevices) or 5) material engineering. The post-doc fellow will work in a unique research environment. Further details on the type of research being carried out in the Acousto-Bioelectronics can be can found here.

The ideal candidate shall have:

  • Experience in micro-fabrication skills including photolithography, soft lithography, film deposition, etching, bonding, SEM, XRD, etc.

  • Experience in embedded system development (PCB design, programming, etc.)

  • Experience in biological systems, with a preference for those with knowledge of cancer such as chemo-, radiation, photodynamic, electrochemical, and photodynamic therapy

  • Experience in cell (in vitro) and animal studies (in vivo)

  • Demonstrated creativity, high motivation, good communication skills, and most importantly, experience in developing/writing publications in quality peer-reviewed scientific journals

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and within the research group

  • Preference will be given to candidates with the ability to program (C/C++/Java/Python), visualize and analyze data


  • Communicate clearly and openly, and present research results on local and national platforms

  • Perform independent research

  • Meet with team leader and members frequently

  • Build relationships across research disciplines to promote a collaborative research environment

Credentials and Qualifications:

  • M.D. or Ph.D. in engineering, applied mathematics, physics, or a computational discipline.

Please submit your interview request here.

Research Assistant (GRA) Opportunity (Ph.D./M.Sc.)

I am looking to hire one or two fully paid (Ph.D. or M.S.) or volunteer (MS) graduate research assistants (GRAs). Please see "Q&A for students applying to the University of South Florida graduate program" below for more information.

Independent Study Opportunity

I supervise about two undergraduate students through the Independent Study research credit course.


    • Undergraduate student (mainly junior or senior, but sophomores can apply)

    • Underrepresented and multicultural students are strongly encouraged to apply

  • Expected work hours: 6 hours or more per week for the semester

Please submit your interview request here.

Q&A for students applying to the University of South Florida graduate program

Are you hiring a new graduate student now or next fall?

The number of new students I will consider depends on the number of current students, funding availability, and other limitations that affect the effectiveness of my student mentoring. Generally, I try to hire one (or two) new graduate students each year.

I am applying to the graduate program at the University of South Florida. Can I join the Acousto-Bioelectronics Lab?

In the application form, list my name as the faculty you are interested in working with. Your application will likely be delivered to my desk for review. In the Statement of Purpose, please be specific on why you are interested in my research group. After submitting your application, feel free to send me your details with your Resume (Link). For admission requirements, please see the link (

What hardware/software skills should I have?

Having some of these experiences will help you immediately participate in our research.

Programming and HDL:

  • C (on embedded platforms)

  • Matlab

  • Python

Hardware design and simulation:

  • PCB design (Altium Designer/Cadence OrCAD)


Courses or research projects that involve:

  • Using a microcontroller (e.g., Arduino)

  • Using a smartphone (as a computing platform)

How can I request an interview?

Feel free to contact me directly by sending me an email (akim1[at] or submitting your information via this Form on our website.

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