| Position Overview: |
The Organ Manufacturing (OM) program seeks to expand its team with a biomaterials engineer with the knowledge and capability to develop cutting edge 3-D printing bio-inks for organ scaffold printing. This engineer will lead both internal and external development efforts to design and formulate bio-inks, provide expertise on biomaterial properties required for lung scaffold printing, cell-material interactions, and biomaterials characterization. This work will support the development of methods to produce 3D printed lung scaffolds that are suitable for recellularization and will include both in-house development and project management of external partners.
Key Accountabilities / Responsibilities:
•Leads the team’s biomaterials and bio-ink development efforts internally and at partner sites
•Actively oversee bioink development at partner sites
•Establish and maintain a deep understanding of current and emerging technology in the biomaterials and bioink space
•Establish and expand relationships with development partners
•Provide hands-on reduction to practice for manufacturing of prototypes for the Organ Manufacturing program, including the use of bio-materials, non-biologic polymers, coupling and crosslinking chemistries and coatings
•Oversee the selection and procurement of raw materials for bioink production.
•Provide expertise regarding biomaterials and testing required for such materials to be used in a 3D printing process; as well as devise test methods to evaluate material properties and performance when existing test standards are not well established
•Work closely with the Organ Manufacturing software development team and mechanical engineering team to integrate hardware and software with bioink development •Provide expertise regarding surface modification, crosslinking, and coatings, particularly with regards to differential material interfaces and luminal surfaces that will ultimately contact cells
•Follow existing test practices and develop additional experimental plans to achieve project milestones; understand and adhere to critical path activities, assemble equipment necessary to execute experimental plans for prototype development
•Maintain high level of communication with internal cross-functional R&D team, as well as external vendors, and consultants •Conduct (and supervise, if necessary) lab work and prototype performance testing, and interpret data and results to provide guidance on design iterations
•Make recommendations and set new directions for the project based on data, test results, and feedback from our customers/partners