PhD and Postdoctoral Research Associates openings

The Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute of Materials Science (IMS) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) are seeking to hire multiple PhD students and Postdoctoral Research Associates. The project will be carried out at the University of Connecticut under Prof. Zhang’s supervision. The research focus in Prof. Zhang’s group (four Postdocs and six graduate students) is in the emerging area of wearable electronics and machine learning, neuroelectronic interfaces, and CRISPR-based biosensors. To apply, please send a CV to Dr. Zhang (

PhD Positions

  • A bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a closely related area
  • A M.S. degree with project experience and publications is preferred but not required

Start date: Available for Fall 2021, open until filled.

Postdoc Positions

The Postdoc candidate should have the research experience or background in one of the following research areas:

  • Molecular sensors
  • Nucleic acid detection or CRISPR technology
  • Neuroelectronic interfaces; implantable neural probes
  • Circuits design and wireless power supply and data communication

Start date: Available immediately, open until filled.

12/2020  Professor Zhang was invited to give a seminar in Polymer Program at UConn.

10/2020  New grant from NIH on the development of neural probes. We greatly thank NIH for the research support!

09/2020  Our proposal on the development of multimodal neural probes  is funded by NIH (R01). We greatly thank NIH for the research support!

09/2020  Our collaborative proposal with Dr. Gao at Rice University and Dr. Lin at Mizzou is funded by NSF (CBET). We greatly thank NSF for the research support!

08/2020  New grant from NSF ECCS on the development of wearable hybrid sensing systems. We greatly thank NSF for the research support!

01/2020 Our paper “Excitatory VTA to DH projections provide a valence signal to memory circuits” with Dr. Jelena group was accepted for publication in Nat Communications.

10/2019 Our “In vivo wireless pharmacology and optogenetics” work is published by PNAS.


09/2019  Dr. Zhang traveled to Princeton, N.J., and delivered a presentation at Siemens Healthcare AI Center. Many Thanks Dean Loboa and Siemens’ Dorin Comaniciu, Sasa Grbic, Puneet Sharma, Eli Gibson, Ali Kamen, Tiziano Passerini and Daphne Yu. 

Siemens Trip

09/2019 Our “In vivo wireless pharmacology and optogenetics” work is accepted by PNAS

08/2019 Dr. Zhang is invited to serve as a reviewer for a Department of Defense proposal review panel.

07/2019 Our lab hosted Mizzou Engineering High School Summer Camp.

07/2019  Our soft nerve cuff paper is published by Science Advances.


07/2019 Prof. Zhang received  2019 BMES Career Development Award. Thanks Biomedical Engineering Society for the support.


06/2019 Our collaborative work on soft-hard interface has been accepted for publication in PNAS

06/2019 Prof. Zhang attended the 93rd ACS Colloid & Surface Science Symposium at Georgia Institute of Technology. Very excited to meet  friends, colleagues and advisor.


05/2019 Our review paper of “biosnesors for kidney and hypertension management” is published by Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension. Congratulations!


04/2019 Our collaborative work is featured as back cover in the recent issue of Lab on a Chip.


04/2019 Our collaborative proposal is funded by NIH. Thanks NIH for the support.


04/2019 Prof. Zhang received Faculty Incentive Fund for traveling from the College of Engineering at Mizzou. Thanks Mizzou for the support.

04/2019 Prof. Zhang attended the 2019 NSF ENG Career Proposal Writing Workshop.

03/2019 Our optofluidic work is accepted by Science Advances. Congratulations!

03/2019 Our paper of sweat sensing for kidney disorder monitoring is published by Lab on a Chip. Congratulations!

03/2019 Prof. Zhang attended the NSF workshop on sensor systems integrated with AI and data harnessing for personalized medicine. Rewarding trip!

02/2019 Our lab received grant from the Mizzou Research Council. Congratulations!

01/2019 He Sun, Guangfu, and Huijie joined the group. Welcome!

11/2018 Prof. Zhang gave two talks “Injectable, Brain-Interfaced Optofluidic Device for Programmable Fluid Delivery and Optogenetics” and “Lab-on-Skin: Epidermal Microfluidic Device for the Capture, Storage, and Colorimetric Sensing of Sweat” at AIChE 2018 at Pittsburgh, PA.

10/2018 Zhengyan joined the group. Welcome!