Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemical Engineering

Colorado School of Mines

United States

Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemical Engineering

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Chemical and Biological Engineering (biomaterials, drug delivery, modeling, contact lenses, ophthalmology)


Colorado School of Mines welcomes applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in Professor Anuj Chauhan’s research group in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering to continue the research program focused on developing contact lenses for delivering ophthalmic drugs to treat anterior segment and posterior segment diseases including bacterial keratitis, cystinosis, dry eyes, and diabetic retinopathy. The successful candidate is expected to work on further developing novel strategies for sustained release already developed by our group and also develop and implement new ideas for controlling drug release rates from contact lenses for small molecules and biologics.  The successful candidate is expected to lead contact lens design efforts and interface with our collaborators for the in vivo experiments.  The successful candidate is also expected to expand into other research areas including drug delivery by intraocular lenses.  Considering the translational aspects of this research, the successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to patent submissions as well as regulatory submissions to the FDA. The anticipated start date is 4/1/24 and is flexible.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Design contact lenses and intraocular lenses for sustained release of small molecules and biologics

  • Develop new ideas for controlling drug release rates from contact lenses

  • Design gold nanoparticle loaded contact lenses

  • Measure release of ophthalmic drugs from contact lenses.

  • Characterize contact lenses to test suitability for use in humans

  • Support in vivo studies

  • Prepare reports for the funding agency

  • Prepare manuscripts for peer-review publications

  • Present research at conferences and symposiums

  • Assist in writing research grants

  • Assist in patent and regulatory submissions

  • Serve as mentor to graduate and undergraduate students

Additional Responsibilities

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD. In Chemical Engineering or related field. All PhD requirements should be completed by the time work commences.

  • Previous research experience in one or more areas of biomaterials, drug delivery, modeling, contact lenses, ophthalmology.


Preferred Qualifications

  • ·Experience in biomaterials and drug delivery. Any experience with ophthalmic drug delivery is preferred but not required.


Job Demands and Working Conditions

  • ·Must be able to re-locate and work in-person in the laboratory.

Potential Environmental Conditions/Hazards

  • Be skilled in the handling of common solvents and gas mixtures.

About Mines & Golden, CO 

When the world looks for answers, the world looks to Mines. 


Colorado School of Mines is a top-ranked public university solving the grand challenges facing our society, particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment. Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have continually expanded to meet the needs of industry and society. Today, we are the No. 38 public university in the nation, recognized for our innovation and undergraduate teaching in science, technology engineering and math (U.S. News and World Report, 2023). 


Mines graduates are change makers, boundary breakers and problem solvers. Since our earliest days, a Mines education has been and continues to be a transformational opportunity, with one of the strongest returns on investment out there for talented STEM students of all backgrounds.  


At the same time, Mines faculty members are pushing their fields in new directions, whether that’s manufacturing, space resources, quantum engineering, carbon capture or more. Mines was recently classified as a R1 “Very High Activity” research institution by Carnegie, a notable feat for any university but particularly one of our size. 


Are you looking for an inspiring, mission-driven workplace where you can contribute to solving the world’s problems and educating the next generation of change makers? Are you an individual who values a diverse and inclusive community, where our different perspectives, experiences and cultures enrich the educational and work experience?  


Look to Mines. 


Equal Opportunity 

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses. 


Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce. 


Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety. 


Salary and Benefits 

Annual salary rate of $56,484 to $59,592 depending on experience.

NIH Ranges:
0 Years of experience: $56,484
1 year of experience: $56,880
2 years of experience: $57,300
3 years of experience: $59,592

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees. Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness, and work/life balance offerings. Our portfolio of benefits includes fully paid medical and dental premiums as well as vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation bring proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs, and leading-edge technology. For more information, visit Mines benefits.

All Mines employees also have access to discount programs through the State of Colorado and free tickets for Mines Athletics home games, as well as access to the on-campus Recreation Center (fitness classes and training, swimming pool and more), equipment rentals through the Outdoor Rec Center, the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP),and backup child and elder care. Coming soon is an on-campus daycare center. For more information about benefits at Mines, go to


How to Apply 

Review of applications will be ongoing as received. Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veteran status) and upload a CV and Statement of Interest. References will not be collected or contacted until later in the selection process and the candidate will be informed before that contact is made. Contact with any questions.


We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. Mines welcomes everyone to our team; in your application, please feel free to note which pronouns you use (For example - she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc). If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know. 


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