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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Nanoelectronic-Based Manipulation and Measurement Tools for Biological Applications


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Engineering Physics Division

opportunity location
50.68.31.B7785 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Darwin Rene Reyes-Hernandez 301.975.5466


We are developing physical measurement tools and methods for electronic-based manipulation and measurements of cells and their environment in well-controlled microsystems. This research opportunity focuses on the design, fabrication, and assessment of new nanoelectronic devices and materials for their use in applications such as cell measurements, biomolecule characterization, and advanced health care diagnostics. Our competencies are within the areas of electrokinetic manipulation of cells and other bioparticles in semiconductor-based lab-on-a-chip devices, and using a variety of microscopic techniques such as epifluorescence, confocal, TIRF, and AFM for validation. The electronic manipulation and measurement devices being developed in this project include, among others, dielectrophoresis devices, electromechanical actuators, and biosensors. For further information regarding this project visit



Quelennec A, Gorman JJ and Reyes DR, Amontons-Coulomb-like slip dynamics in acousto-microfluidics, Nature Communications, 2022, 13, 1429.

Reyes DR, van Heeren H, Guha S, Herbertson L, Tzannis AP, Ducrée J, Bissig H, and Becker H, Accelerating Innovation and Commercialization Through Standardization of Microfluidic-Based Medical Devices, Lab on a Chip, 2021, 21, 9-21.

Minnikanti S, Ahn JJ, Obeng Y, and Reyes DR, Generating Multiscale Gold Nanostructures on Glass without Sidewall Deposits Using Minimal Dry Etching Steps, ACS Nano 2019, 13, 3924-3930.

Hanke C, Dittrich PS, Reyes DR: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 4: 1878, 2012.


key words
Microfluidics; Lab on-a chip; Bioelectronics; Dielectrophoresis; Microdevices; Nanotechnology; Microfabrication; Electromechanical; Actuators; Cellular; Microenvironment;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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