Job Req ID:  114054

Biofabrication Specialist

The laboratory of Yun Chen (Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering) is seeking a highly motivated Biofabrication Specialist to help manage daily operations and support research in biofabrication and characterization of biofabricated samples for clinical applications.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • The Mechanical Engineering of Wet-materials (MEOW) Lab led by Dr. Yun Chen wishes to recruit qualified individuals to support our group’s research.
  • Direction of research projects under the general supervision of the faculty investigator and senior lab members.
  • Protocol development and assay design.
  • Critical analysis of data.
  • Generating codes for data processing and analysis.
  • Identification and troubleshooting of situations requiring special attention.
  • Weekly presentation of results.
  • Design of figures and preparation of text for reports and publications.

The work will involve a wide range of techniques including

  • Matlab programming and python programming.
  • Immunofluorescence.
  • Spatial transcriptomics.
  • Operating optical microscopes for large-scaled, high-resolution, multispectral image acquisition.
  • Culture of primary cells and established cell lines.
  • Bioprinting.
  • CAD-based design.

Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Proficient in best lab practices.
  • Exhibits strong communication and management skills.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work independently.
  • Many department laboratories operate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shift. Rotating schedules may include weekend work and holiday assignments as needed.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Biology, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Some related post-undergraduate work experience is preferred.
  • Relevant research experience in bioprinting, molecular and cell biology, mechanical engineering, and biophysics is preferred.



Classified Title: Research Technologist 
Job Posting Title (Working Title): Biofabrication Specialist   
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC  
Starting Salary Range: $15.50 - $26.00 HRLY (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8-5pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: Homewood Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​Institute for NanoBioTechnology  
Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering 



Total Rewards
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Education and Experience Equivalency
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Applicants Completing Studies
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