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Musculoskeletal Tissue Regeneration

University of Maryland-College Park, Fischell Department of Bioengineering, College Park, Maryland

Position Description:

The Kuo Lab in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland-College Park (UMD) has multiple openings for postdoctoral researchers (biologists and bioengineers). Project openings span mechanobiology of embryonic/fetal tendon development; interventions for musculoskeletal birth defects; novel therapeutics for adult tendon injuries and disease; and medical device and diagnostics research.

Compensation for these positions will be based on NIH guidelines, and will include a competitive benefits and retirement package offered by UMD. Postdoctoral researchers are eligible for renewable, annual contracts with the expectation of completing 2-4 years of training. Flexibility to pursue research in personal areas of interest, apply for grants and fellowships, develop independent research thrusts, and build scientific management expertise will be encouraged. UMD is located near top government research and funding agencies including NIH, FDA, DoD, NSF, and NIST in the greater Washington DC region. This proximity provides unique opportunities for research, funding, and networking.

Candidates may choose from existing projects and also work with the PI to propose new directions. Projects primarily focus on musculoskeletal tissues (tendon, ligament, muscle), and different projects may span multiple research areas, including regenerative medicine, immunology, stem cell biology, developmental biology, mechanobiology, biomaterials, tissue engineering, and/or wound healing.


Candidates should be independently motivated, creative, have a desire to learn/develop new techniques and approaches, and have excellent written and oral communication skills – these attributes are more important than specific areas of previous research experience. Candidates should have a demonstrated record of publications expected for her/his level of training.
  • Biomedical engineering applicants should hold a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering or related discipline. Training in biological techniques is available for outstanding candidates who have less biology expertise.
  • Biology applicants should hold a Ph.D. in cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, immunology, or related discipline.

Experience with musculoskeletal tissue biology or biomechanics is favorable but not required. Experience with chick embryo or adult mouse/rat models is favorable but not required.

Note that Kuo Lab is moving to University of Maryland by September 1, 2020. Currently, more information about the lab can be found here:

To Apply:

Please include Postdoctoral Application in the subject line. Positions are open immediately and will remain open until filled. Please email a i) cover letter ii) CV, iii) list of references with contact information, and iv) two first-author manuscripts. Cover letter should include career goals, expertise, research interests, expectations for the position, and preferred start date. Please send the application as a single PDF file to

Catherine K. Kuo, PhD
Associate Professor
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
A. James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland – College Park
Twitter: @KuoLab



This post will be available until October 17, 2020 or until filled.

The University of Maryland, College Park complies with all applicable federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all applicants will receive full consideration (

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