Open Positions

Post-doctoral positions currently open

The Chen lab is currently looking for a postdoc with a passion to work on cellular modeling. We develop mathematical models to study spatiotemporal and mechanical processes in living cells, as well as their coupling to biochemical regulatory pathways. We currently focus on cellular mechanisms in mitotic spindle assembly, cancer cell development, gene expression control, and bacterial motility. The specific research project will be defined combining the background and interests of the candidate, and the current interests of the group.

Our modeling projects feature close collaboration with experimental colleagues in our home department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech, as well as experimental groups from other departments and universities. We are dedicated to developing models that bring useful insights to motivate experimental studies and advance the biology field. We also collaborate with mathematicians, statisticians and computer scientists for methodology development to tackle challenges raised by new data. Furthermore, diverse academic backgrounds (physics, biology, engineering, etc.) in the lab trainees creates a stimulating environment for mutual education among different backgrounds.

We are looking for a candidate with a Ph.D. degree in Biophysics, Physics, Applied Math, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related fields. Past research experience in cellular and molecular modeling and in computer programming is strongly preferred. Competence in communication and writing is expected. Responsibilities of the position include conducting research independently, communicating research with the PI and experimental collaborators, writing manuscripts and grants, and presenting at national and international conferences.

Interested candidates should send a CV (including a publication list and at least 3 references) and a statement of research experience and interest to

Graduate student and undergraduate student positions

Are you fascinated by both the complexity and diversity of biology, and the accuracy and predictability of math and physics? Do you like being a “detective” who find out the ultimate truth from seemingly disordered clues? If so, you may find a passion for the research in our lab! Please contact if you are seeking an opportunity to work on mathematical modeling in biology.

For graduate students, you may apply through either of the following programs. (please contact before applying). Background in mathematical modeling and computer simulation is preferred.