Bio-Nano Materials Scientist

Jun 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Bio-Nano Materials Scientist

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The Biomaterials and Advanced Drug Delivery Service Center (BioADD) at Stanford University seeks an experienced materials scientist to join our therapeutics delivery development team. This position will blend principles and utilize engineering, biochemistry, cell biology, nanotechnology, and immunology techniques to develop new methods and procedures to enhance drug efficacy and delivery precision to the target cells. Join the BioADD team and help design next generation targeted drug vehicles.

Duties include:
  • Develop bio- and nanomaterials for drug, gene, and cell delivery. Design, fabricate, and test biodegradable materials to investigate the effects of drug carriers' geometry and composition in various cell types. Synthesize compounds for drug delivery.
  • Perform characterization of new biomaterials using analytical techniques, e.g., UV-Vis spectroscopy, microscopy, DLS, etc.
  • Formulate and prepare hydrogels, transdermal patches, and microneedles.
  • Perform in vitro and in vivo cell culture toxicity studies. Run biological assays by culturing cardiomyocytes and neurons to study the cardio and neuronal toxicity of the formulations.
  • Perform microscopic imaging work. Study effects of drug formulation on cardiomyocytes beating rate and neuronal spine densities.
  • Perform in vitro cell transfection studies. Develop cell culture models to image the transfection of siRNA, DNA, and messenger RNAs.
  • Perform drug incorporation into vehicles and conduct drug release studies.
  • Review the latest publications and research findings in cancer and/or neurodegenerative diseases studies. Remain current in the latest techniques and lab protocols.
  • Monitor, track, report on, and synthesize findings/results for inclusion in papers.
* - Other duties may also be assigned

About Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, was founded in 1858 with a mission to be the premier research-intensive medical school that improves health through leadership, diversity, and a collaborative approach to discovery and innovation in research, education, and patient care.

With more than 1,900 faculty, each providing a unique mix of research, education, and patient care effort, organized in 28 academic departments and 9 interdisciplinary institutes and centers, supported by more than 3,500 staff, educating 3,000 students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical residents/fellows, and trainees, and collectively generating about $2.3B in revenues, the School of Medicine is Stanford's largest school and truly a complex organization.

Holistically, the School of Medicine is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that keeps pace with market trends, and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives.
  • Research experience in cancer and/or neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Background in bioengineering, biochemistry, cell biology, nanotechnology, and immunology.

Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and three years of related experience, or Master's degree.


  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific principles.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance is essential.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work.
  • Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, write by hand, lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing over 40 pounds.
  • Occasionally sit, kneel, crawl, reach and work above shoulders, sort and file paperwork or parts.
  • Rarely climb, scrub, sweep, mop, chop and mix or operate hand and foot controls.
  • Must have correctible vision to perform duties of the job.
  • Ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surfaces for up to eight hours.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work in a dusty, dirty, and odorous environment.
  • Position may require repetitive motion.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • May require working in close proximity to blood borne pathogens.
  • May require work in an environment where animals are used for teaching and research.
  • Position may at times require the employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present.
  • Employee must perform tasks that require the use of personal protective equipment, such as safety glasses and shoes, protective clothing and gloves, and possibly a respirator.
  • May require extended or unusual work hours based on research requirements and business needs.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Job: Research

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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