Why Join the Zhao Biophotonics Lab?

It is our first priority to provide an outstanding environment to inspire creative thinking and encourage multidisciplinary collaboration. With this philosophy in mind, we are dedicated to helping every lab member realize and fulfill their potential as well as enjoy each day working in the lab. We welcome candidates who share our vision and passion to join our lab.


How to Join

If you are interested in joining the Zhao Lab, please email me ( Currently, multiple positions are open (post-doc, graduate student, and undergraduate student).

Postdoctoral Associate/Fellow (3 openings)

We seek multiple Postdoctoral Associate/Fellows who embrace the lab’s philosophy that the advancement of science is propelled by novel enabling technologies. The new Zhao Biophotonics lab applies chemistry, synthetic biology and other bioengineering approaches to invent new imaging techniques that transform the way researchers interrogate cellular structure, function, and diseases. Our goal is to develop new techniques and also to apply them to address previously intractable questions in biology and medicine.

The ideal applicants will be creative, independent and ambitious individuals who further develop and apply novel and innovative technologies. Expertise in imaging, microscopy, fluorescent proteins, protein engineering, RNA biochemistry, computational image analysis, or related areas will be most competitive. A Ph.D. degree in a STEM field is required. The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Apply by email to Dr. Zhao ( with:
1. a cover letter that describes your past and current projects, career goals, and your immediate goals for this postdoctoral position;
2. an up to date CV;
3. names, emails and phone numbers of three references.

See the Ad here.

Graduate Student (multiple openings)

If you are a CMU graduate student looking for a lab, email me ( for the arrangement of rotation. We always reserve the room for passionate rotation students to discover their potentials!

Laboratory Manager (Temporally unavailable)

We are currently seeking a candidate who is enthusiastic about science and technology and has excellent organizational skills and communication skills to help operate the lab smoothly. Administrative experience is a big plus. The lab manager is welcome to lead or participate in research projects depending on he/her practical bandwidth and interest. To join, please email me ( with your CV and the contact information of three references and a cover letter describing your leadership style and how you would help to run a lab.  

Research Assistant (Temporally unavailable)

If you are looking for a position as a technician or research assistant, please email me ( with a cover letter describing your previous lab experience, skill sets, your career goals and employment timeline. Note: Commitment for at least one year or more to this position is preferred.

Undergraduate Students (multiple openings in 2018-19)

If interested, please email me ( with a brief statement of interest and proposed timeline working in our lab.