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3D Bioprinting of Functional Kidney Tissues – Postdoc in Lewis Research Group

If you are an engineer interested in biology research, or a biologist looking for engineering applications, then we think you’ll be a great fit for our lab! We are seeking creative candidates to join our Kidney team. Projects in our lab typically span multiple disciplines, so we welcome applicants from many backgrounds. Successful applicants typically have some level of hands-on experience designing and fabricating devices or have strong background in relevant biological assays.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Led by Jennifer Lewis and with technical guidance from the bioprinting research team, you will work to complete independent and team research projects involving 3D bioprinting using stem-cell derived human kidney organoids. The work will focus on building from organ-on-chip platforms to more functional organ-level tissues. Successful postdocs are expected to participate in writing research proposals, reports, patent applications, presentations, and publications, providing critical data, figures or information for grant and patent submissions.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Ph.D. in biology, microbiology, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or a related discipline.
  • Must demonstrate broad theoretical and practical knowledge within the fields of mechanical engineering, tissue engineering, or cell biology.
  • Strong scientific track record demonstrating well-organized design and execution of studies.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative team environment.
  • Strong work ethic, communication skills and team-player oriented personality.

Preferred (one or more of the following):

We are looking for a candidate with strong expertise in a few of the following areas, and a willingness to learn new skills outside of your current discipline to accomplish project goals. It would be terrific if you have experience in all of them, but this is not necessary, we can teach you what you don’t know.

  • Strong understanding of cell biology, physiology, and/or tissue engineering.
  • Cell culture experience.
  • Experience with in vitro analytical techniques to assess the cell viability of tissue constructs. Experience with microfluidics.
  • Experience working with induced pluripotent stem cells.
  • 3D printing experience.
  • Experience with flow cytometry, ELISAs, PCR, or confocal microscopy.
  • Experience with vascularizing tissue.
  • Experience with animal implantation experiments.

Please assemble your application as a single PDF file, this should contain a complete resume, cover letter describing research interests and goals, full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, as well as the names and contact information of three references (expected to provide letters of recommendation). Applications should be sent to Scott Slimmer and Sanlin Robinson at slimmer@g.harvard.edu and ssr224@g.harvard.edu using the subject line “Lewis Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Application.”

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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