Joining the Whitehead Lab

Are you a growth-minded and enthusiastic person with a desire to work creatively in a team environment? Do you want to use your unique talents to impact human health through the development of ground-breaking therapeutics? If so, we'd love to talk more. In our lab, you will learn:

Graduate students

The Whitehead group draws Ph.D. students primarily from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. ChemE Ph.D. students must first apply to and be accepted by the department. Upon matriculation, first year Ph.D. students submit advisor choices mid-fall and will typically be assigned by the Department Head into a research group by Thanksgiving. Please see the ChemE website for application information.

We also sometimes accept Ph.D. students other departments, including the Department of Biomedical Engineering. In BME, students apply to the department and are assessed by the admissions committee, with the goal of being directly admitted into a lab group. Please see the BME website for application information.

At this time, we are not accepting M.S. students.

Undergraduate students

We occasionally have open positions for undergraduate researchers (unfortunately, we are full for the F22-S23 academic year). UG researchers work closely with a graduate student or postdoc to learn new skills and apply them to research projects within the lab. UGs can work with us during the semester, as long as they do the research for credit and can commit to ~10 hours per week for the duration of the semester. During the summer, research is conducted full time and a position must be obtained through an undergraduate research mechanism (e.g. SURF, SURA, or ChESS). Please email Prof. Whitehead if you are interested.

Postdoctoral candidates

We occasionally have open postdoc positions. Active searches will be listed here. We welcome applications from disciplines related to drug delivery, including but not limited to Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Biology. Interested candidates should email their CV and a short description of previous work to Professor Whitehead. Flexibility may be given to candidates with external funding sources.

  • To conduct robust and reproducible science
  • To collaborate effectively in our lab and others
  • Science communication essentials - how to write effectively and give award-winning presentations
  • How to improve your creativity
  • A wide array of interdisciplinary experimental skills, including nanoparticle engineering and characterization, cell culture, pre-clinical models, molecular biology, chemistry, and clinical application.