Postdoctoral Researchers


We welcome applications of talented scientists to join the lab as postdoctoral researchers. Please contact Juan Pablo directly to discuss funding opportunities to either contribute to ongoing lab projects or pursue your own research. I will support and encourage applications to funding sources from the federal government, within the University of California system, and elsewhere. Please provide an updated CV, statement of intent, and contact information for three references.



Join the Lab

Graduate Students


We are looking for creative, highly motivated graduate students to join the Lab. Applicants can join the Giraldo lab through the programs of Botany and Plant Sciences, Material Sciences and Engineering, Cell Molecular and Developmental Biology or Microbiology. Interested candidates can contact Juan Pablo by email with their CV and statement of research interests. Applications for admission should be received through the UCR Graduate Division.

Undergraduate Students


Research projects in the lab have opportunities for hard working, talented, and enthusiastic undergraduate students at any level of their program. Students will work under the direct mentorship of a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher. Undergraduates available to work in the lab for multiple quarters should contact Juan Pablo. We are seeking students with backgrounds in plant sciences, material or chemical sciences and engineering, chemistry, bioengineering, physics, or biology and a strong motivation to learn and do research on plant biology and engineering using nanotechnology.


About UCR


UC Riverside is one of the ten campuses in the prestigious University of California system. According to the 2019 US News and World Report (USNWR), UCR is the No. 1 fastest rising ranked university, 35th best public research university in the U.S (85th overall). The USNWR ranked the UCR plant and animal science research 19th in the U.S and the Annual Academic Rankings of World Universities (Shanghai Jiao Tong) ranked the UCR Materials and Science Program 28th worldwide based on academic performance.


UC Riverside is centrally located in southern California about 40 miles east of Los Angeles and 75 miles north of San Diego. The Pacific Ocean, San Bernardino Mountains, ski areas, and deserts are located within an hour drive.


Postdoc and Ph.D positions - Plant Nanobiotechnology


We have new openings for a postdoctoral researcher and Ph.D. students interested to work at the interface between nanotechnology and plant biology. Research will be performed collaboratively between the Giraldo Lab and the Lowry Lab at Carnegie Mellon University or in collaboration with the Center of Sustainable Nanotechnology.


Ideal applicants should have a background in nanotechnology, chemistry, materials science and engineering, or plant biology. We especially encourage applications of candidates interested in developing nanoparticle based sensors, targeted delivery and controlled release of biomolecules by nanoparticles in plants, or nanoparticle interactions with plant model and cell surfaces. Prospective postdocs should contact Juan Pablo Giraldo and provide an updated CV, statement of intent, and contact information for three references.


Postdoctoral researchers will be supported by the lab for a minimum of 1 year with possibility of renewal for a second year. Candidates are also encouraged to seek funding sources from the federal government or elsewhere. Salary is commensurate with experience and a benefit package (full medical) is included.


University of California, Riverside

3401 Watkins Drive, Batchelor Hall 1125 Riverside, California, 92521

Juan Pablo Giraldo

Assistant Professor