Postdoctoral Researcher

We are looking for a post-doctoral associate to study the use of scanning probes as a materials discovery tool through the combination of data science approaches and scanning probe lithography. The position is in the Brown Group at BU Mechanical Engineering Department and the associate will be co-advised by Prof. Keith A. Brown and Prof. Sean Andersson.


  • PhD in Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field required.

  • A strong experimental background (e.g., in scanning probe, nanofabrication, self-assembly) desirable.

  • Experience developing instrumentation for nanoscience is preferred.

  • Experience with integrated data science or active learning is preferred.

  • Excellent communication skills are required.


  • Develop autonomous systems based upon scanning probe instruments to interrogate nanoscale materials.

  • Analyze the results of scanning probe microscopy/lithography experiments using high throughput techniques.

  • Perform nanoscale combinatorial experiments using scanning probe systems.

  • Present results at conferences and publish manuscripts.

To apply, please send an email to and include the following: (a) a cover letter, (b) a current CV and (c) contact information for three scientists familiar with your work. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal on a yearly basis.

Graduate Researchers

We are always looking for talented students. Applications go through the standard departmental admissions process so please refer to Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, or Physics for the details. In parallel, please contact

Undergraduate Researchers

Undergraduates are welcome and encouraged in the KABlab! For BU students, directly contact for more information. For students at other universities, there are opportunities available for summer research through the REU programs at BU. Contact Prof. Brown for more details.