Research Scientist, Polymer Chemistry
Location: Vancouver, BC
We are seeking a Research Scientist to drive the discovery, scale-up, and troubleshooting of the biomaterials used in our bioprinted therapeutics. As a leading member of our multidisciplinary R&D team, you will oversee polymer synthesis and functionalization strategies, develop polymer characterization methods, and prototype new bioactive hydrogels. You will work closely with our team of scientists and engineers, along with senior management, to play a central role in the development of material strategy solutions for bioprinted tissue therapeutics.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
- Develop and characterize new biomaterials for use in cell therapy applications.
- Design new synthetic routes to improve the solubility, cross-linking potential, bioconjugation efficiency, and mechanical properties of innovative polymers for implantable bioprinted therapeutics.
- Provide subject matter expertise on the polymer chemistry and contribute creative ideas to characterize and troubleshoot structure, reaction, or impurities of the polymer.
- Liaise with our manufacturing and regulatory team to develop stage-appropriate biomaterial manufacturing processes, scalable sourcing of materials, and quality assurance measures for pre-clinical and clinical studies.
- Create SOPs, deliver experimental reports, support patent applications, and present experimental results to key internal and external stakeholders.
- Contribute to project milestones, timelines, and product deliverables in collaboration with the preclinical research and development teams.
- Maintain clear and rigorous experimental records, including electronic lab notebooks.
- Train and mentor other Research Scientists on the team.
- Become an expert user of Aspect’s microfluidic 3D bioprinting technology.
WHO YOU ARE
- Education: MSc or PhD in chemistry, materials science, biochemistry or similar discipline.
- Professional Experience: 2+ years of industry experience developing new polymers, materials, and products for clinical applications is preferred.
- Polymer Chemistry Experience: Track record of polymer design, synthesis, and functionalization for manufacturing hydrogels. Experience working with synthetic polymers, cross-linking systems, and polymer-protein bioconjugation is highly preferred.
- Detail-Oriented: You have outstanding attention to detail and experimental and process rigour. You take pride in your work and strive for excellence in the work you do.
- Effective Communicator: You are an active listener who can communicate to different audiences in diverse situations.
- Collaborative: You thrive in a multidisciplinary team environment and believe that we can get further, faster by working together.
WHO WE ARE
Aspect Biosystems is a Canadian biotechnology company combining the power of microfluidics and 3D bioprinting to create bioprinted therapeutics. Our bold team of innovators and entrepreneurs have joined us from all over the globe to move the needle on 3D bioprinting and work towards a future where our technology is used to transform human health.
We are endlessly curious and wildly passionate about what we do. Our team is always excited to learn and roll up our sleeves to make a difference in the ever-changing world of biotech. We believe that every person on our team is a key contributor to our success. If you are committed to make a real impact and accelerate the development of biotechnology, we want to hear from you!
The environment at Aspect is fast-paced, collaborative, ever-changing, and supportive. We are looking for team players who bring substantial expertise and competency in their field. We offer competitive compensation packages and benefits with excellent opportunities for personal growth and career development.
At Aspect Biosystems, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or terminate, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, provincial, or local law.