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Opportunity: Post-Doctoral Fellow – Fluid Sensors for Global Public Health

Opportunity: Post-Doctoral Fellow – Fluid Sensors for Global Public Health


Published on November 23, 2020


The Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) at the University of Toronto is inviting applications for a Post-
Doctoral Fellow position in global engineering and biofluid mechanics. The successful candidate will
contribute to the project “Latrine-Based Diarrhea Sensors” with applications to inflammatory bowel disease
management and global health monitoring, supervised by Dr. David Taylor Meyer. By studying the fluid
mechanics of diarrheal defecation, we aim to discover properties that can be readily sensed. We are creating
a sensor to quantify the presence and severity of diarrhea with applications in: i) quantitative symptom
management for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases, ii) sensing the efficacy of global health
interventions that aim to reduce diarrheal prevalence, and iii) detecting diarrheal disease outbreaks in highrisk
shared latrine facilities (e.g. refugee camps).

Work will involve conducting a literature review, building and refining CFD models, designing and
conducting laboratory experiments to support CFD models, project management, writing papers, and
delivering conference presentations. While it is expected that 50-85% of the work could be done remotely,
the ability to do in-person laboratory work is required (within two months of starting).


  • PhD in Mechanical, Biomedical, or Civil Engineering, or related fields.
  • Must have demonstrated research experience in fluid mechanics and/or computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
  • Demonstrated knowledge in biofluids, statistics or data science, and global or public health.
  • Demonstrated experience in sensor design and/or global engineering. (Highly Preferred)
  • Excellent communication skills in English (Oral and written).

How to Apply

To apply, prepare a cover letter, CV, 3 samples of research papers and contact information for at least two
references. Email them all in a single email with the subject line “Application for Post-Doctoral Fellowship in
Fluid Sensors for Global Public Health” to the CGEN Program Manager, Ahmed Mahmoud, at Deadline for submission is December 14, 2020.




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