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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Chemical and Structural Spatial Distribution of Biofilms


Material Measurement Laboratory, Biosystems and Biomaterials Division

opportunity location
50.64.41.B7316 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Joy P. Dunkers 301.975.6841
Nancy J Lin 301.975.4935


Biofilms are complex, heterogeneous, three-dimensional structures. Novel techniques to evaluate the spatial distribution of chemical signatures and three-dimensional structure within a biofilm would provide information and insight into biofilm behaviors. This research opportunity involves using advanced imaging techniques coupled with quantitative bioassays to measure variations found within biofilms and to determine the effects of the underlying substratum on the biofilm chemical and physical structure. In addition, biofilms can be composed of multiple species. These techniques have the potential to elucidate the spatial distribution of individual species within multi-species biofilms in a nondestructive manner.


key words
Bacteria; Biofilm; Biomaterials; Chemical imaging; Microscopy; Three-dimensional imaging; Biofouling; Microbe; Microbial; Microbial Community; Microbiology; Microbiome; Spatial distribution;


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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