Res Post Doc Fellow - Gottardi Bioengineering and Biomaterials Laboratory

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

​Location: LOC_ABRAMSON-Abramson Building 

Req ID: 230133

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 


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Job Summary

The Bioengineering & Biomaterials Laboratory of Dr. Riccardo Gottardi at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow.

The lab has developed a novel decellularized cartilage construct that has shown preliminary success in the tracheal repair of large animals and in the regeneration of the tympanic membrane in a small animal model. The successful candidate will take the work in new and exciting directions including (1) exploring mechanisms of cell migration into decellularized constructs, (2) evaluating the chondrogenic potential of novel progenitor cells, and (3) utilizing decellularized cartilage construct for tracheal repair in a large animal disease model of subglottic stenosis. These objectives can also be extended to applications in tympanic membrane, craniofacial, and joint repair. A background in mammalian cell biology, chemical or materials engineering, and experience in the use of animal models are preferred.

Application materials (email to Dr. Gottardi: (i) CV; (ii) Cover letter outlining relevant expertise and scientific interests; (iii) Two first author manuscripts (published or accepted); (iv) Contact information of three references.

What we offer


  • A collaborative and open environment that fosters learning and scientific growth
  • Regular interactions with world-class scientists and visiting speakers throughout CHOP and UPenn
  • Individual mentoring to enhance career development and tailored opportunities to support specific professional goals
  • A highly translational focus to address patient-centered medical problems and to push research from bench to bedside with freedom to develop new research directions
  • Postdoctoral training compensation at NIH guidelines with a competitive benefits package offered by CHOP and with the potential for renewal up to 3 additional years
  • A laboratory located in a dynamic East coast city with an affordable cost of living


Start date: end of 2022/early 2023 upon mutual agreement.

What we are looking for:


  • Enthusiastic and determined candidates with a passion for research and translation, who perform well in a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment
  • Confidence in learning new techniques and designing projects independently
  • Interest and initiative in applying for postdoctoral fellowships and excitement to take advantage of other career development opportunities
  • Motivation in working with and mentoring junior lab members and undergraduate researchers
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and an outstanding publication record
  • Candidates who embrace and reflect diversity in the broadest sense

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Required Education and Experience

  • A terminal degree PhD, MD, DVM, etc.
  • According to the CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) a copy of diploma or transcript is required as proof of academic achievement for all non-laboratory personnel performing non-waived POC testing

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Additional Technical Requirements

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CHOP also requires employees who work in patient care buildings to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemptions for valid religious and medical reasons.  Start dates may be delayed until candidates are immunized or exemption requests are reviewed.  

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