Lab Opportunities

Doctoral Student Positions

We usually accept 1-2 new Ph.D. students every fall, typically from the UF Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. programs. All candidates must first apply to the UF Graduate School and the UF Chemical Engineering Department or the UF Biomedical Engineering Department. For additional information about our research please look through our webpage.

Please note that all interested prospective students must first be admitted to a UF Ph.D. program prior to joining the lab.

Master Student Positions

We sometimes accept 1-2 M.S./M.E. students in the Fall or Spring terms, typically from the UF Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering M.S. or M.E. programs. Master students who join the lab are expected to participate in research for 2-3 consecutive terms and must be enrolled in graduate research for credit. M.S. and M.E. students who join the lab learn highly transferable research and instrumentation skills and typically get to work in research that leads to publications.

Undergraduate Student Positions

We provide research opportunities to undergraduates from the Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering programs, and occasionally to students from other engineering and science programs. Undergraduate students work under the supervision of graduate students or postdocs, and may be involved in individual or team projects. Undergraduate students are expected to commit to research for multiple semesters and are required to register for at least 0 credits of undergraduate research (UF policy).

New undergraduate students can start in the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Because we limit the number of undergraduate students in the group to no more than 2 per Ph.D. student, these positions tend to fill quickly. Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Rinaldi ( by November for those interested in starting in January, and by March for those interested in starting in May or August).

Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Associate Position in Magnetic Particle Imaging

A postdoc position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Carlos Rinaldi, who is the Chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Professor in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. The position is for an initial one-year appointment, and has the potential to be renewed for an additional 1-2 years.

Research in the Rinaldi lab spans synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications and evaluation of nanoparticle transport and diffusion in biological fluids. Current efforts focus on developing tracers for magnetic particle imaging, spurred by the recent acquisition of a Magnetic Insight MomentumTM magnetic particle imaging (MPI) scanner at UF. Magnetic particle imaging is an exciting new biomedical imaging modality that allows for non-invasive, unambiguous, and quantitative imaging of the in vivo distribution of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle tracers.

The applicant will have the freedom to choose a project applying magnetic particle imaging to track immune responses and immunotherapies. Applicant will also be expected to assist current Ph.D. students in the lab, contribute to lab management, and assist in writing proposals to secure research funding. The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in a related science/engineering field and solid background in nanomaterials for biomedical imaging.

Please send a letter of interest highlighting research and long-term goals, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three or more references to

Visiting Scholars, Scientists, and Faculty

We host visiting scholars, scientists, and faculty from other institutions and other countries subject to applicable UF, State, and Federal rules and policies. Because of the effort required in training visiting scholars and scientists, we expect such visitors to spend at least 6 months in the laboratory and recommend spending at least 12 months.

Note that funds are not available to support visiting scholars, scientists, or faculty. Those interested in visiting our lab must secure support.