Come join our research team! We are hiring at many levels, from lab technicians to post-docs. As part of UPenn’s Departments of Bioengineering, Microbiology, Psychiatry, and the Perelman School of Medicine, the de la Fuente lab seeks exceptional new team members with the grit and passion to make groundbreaking scientific discoveries.
The overarching goal of the lab is to engineer biological systems to make new medicines to combat disease. We offer a unique range of research possibilities at the point where biology and engineering intersect, with many opportunities for all lab personnel to venture into cutting-edge research.
Our work environment supports the continued growth and success of everyone in the lab. The de la Fuente lab values teamwork and is committed to building a diverse team. We enthusiastically welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates.
To expand our interdisciplinary research team, we are looking for postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students, a lab manager and technicians with interest or expertise in synthetic biology, microbiology, bioengineering, chemistry, biological sciences, neuroscience, or related fields. We seek independent, creative, talented, highly motivated, passionate individuals with excellent communication skills and the ability to excel in a team environment.
If you are interested in joining us, please send a CV, summary of previous research, preprints of publications listed on your CV (but not yet available), contact information for three references, and a cover letter detailing current research interests, career goals, and fellowship funding already in hand or pending to cfuente@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.


Lab Manager

If you have an advanced degree in biological science, an opportunity awaits to join our research program as Lab Manager. In this position, you will support our research by carrying out a diverse array of tasks with energy, diligence, and attention to detail. These tasks include managing current projects, seeking new funding, preparing grant proposals, gathering input for reports, and communicating at many levels. You will serve as the liaison with university administrative offices and sponsors and collaborate with faculty, post-docs, administrative staff, and other project stakeholders. You will ensure that program resources are tracked and that records are properly maintained. A Ph.D. in microbiology, bioengineering, synthetic biology, computational biology, or a related field is a plus though not a requirement, as is familiarity with computer programs to coordinate large projects. Responsibilities include proposal development (30%), management of currently funded projects (30%), fundraising (20%), administrative support (10%), and communications, including writing and editing (10%).


Postdoctoral Scholars

We have openings for 1-2 independent, energetic postdoctoral scholars with research interests and expertise in synthetic biology, bacterial engineering, or computational biology. In particular, we seek individuals with expertise in engineering therapeutic-producing microbes and/or computational biology/chemistry to build the medicines of the future. If you have a passion for creating the future by identifying, investigating, and solving complex problems, we encourage you to apply. Our lab will not only generate important discoveries but also foster education and long-lasting collaboration. Postdoctoral scholars will also contribute to the writing of proposals and will gain experience supervising graduate and undergraduate students. It is always a plus if you are coming with fellowship funding (Helen Hay Whitney, LSRF, NIH Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships (F32), NSF Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral Fellowships, CF Foundation, L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science Program, Fundacion Ramon Areces, etc.).


Ph.D. Students 

We have multiple openings available for Ph.D. students. Graduate students from almost any UPenn department exploring questions and technologies at the intersection of biology and bioengineering would be good candidates for these positions. Candidates should apply through their respective program including Biomedical Graduate Studies and the Bioengineering Ph.D. Program at the University of Pennsylvania. If you have been admitted or are coming to campus for an interview, please get in touch. Funded visiting students interested in our lab are also welcomed to apply. We also encourage candidates to secure a graduate research fellowship (through NSF, NDSEG, Hertz, la Caixa Foundation, NIH-FAPESP, etc.).


M.S. Students 

We have multiple openings for M.S. students in Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and other related M.S. programs at UPenn. We encourage candidates to secure a M.S. fellowship (through la Caixa Foundation, FAPESP, CAPES, CNPq, AAUW, etc.). Please check this resource for funding opportunities: https://www.curf.upenn.edu/find-fellowships.


Undergraduate Students 

We have multiple openings available for undergraduate students majoring in biomedical science, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, chemistry, computational biology or biology at UPenn. Funding for summer research experiences may be obtained from several sources (e.g., American Society of Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship). Please check this resource for additional funding opportunities: https://www.curf.upenn.edu/find-fellowships. Undergraduates interested in doing research should write to me directly at cfuente@pennmedicine.upenn.edu and include a CV and a description of short-term and long-term research interests.


Research Technicians 

We have one position available for a research technician with expertise in bacterial molecular biology, microbiology, cell culture, and animal models.


Other Positions

We interface with the community at many levels, and so we are also seeking alums, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, artists, retirees, and graphic designers who can contribute to our research activities. If you are interested in participating, write to me at cfuente@pennmedicine.upenn.edu describing your interests and background, so that we can explore possibilities.