Job ID: 129387

Research Scientist

University of Victoria

  • Sep. 18, 2019
  • Research Scientist
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Victoria
    Victoria, BC
  • Dec. 1, 2019
  • Available Immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Polymer Science
    Mechanical Engineering
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)
    Engineering - Other

Job title: Translational Research Scientist/Post-doc
Start date: Immediately or at the earliest convenience

Job overview: The Laboratory for Innovations in Microengineering (LiME)- the University of Victoria, Canada is seeking a highly-motivated Translational Research Scientist to develop advanced smart wound dressings for the management of diabetic ulcers. The candidate will work closely with the lab spin-off and commercial partner "4M Biotech Inc." and in partnership with our patient, clinician, and healthcare administrator partners. The candidate will join a rapidly growing team at the University of Victoria and play a major role in 1) testing the existing technology and its components according to relevant standards, 2) designing and conducting research and development with the goal of optimizing the physical properties of GelDerm to minimize the negative impacts of the wound and the interference of the bandage on the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and other normal physical activities of the patients, and 3) developing scale-up strategies for high-volume manufacturing of smart dressings. As an in-house expert, this role involves independently designing, performing and troubleshooting experiments with appropriate controls, conducting data analysis, maintaining accurate written records of laboratory procedures, providing regular reporting of experimental results, drafting technical product documentation, performing literature reviews and developing experimental design with additional read-outs to meet required design criteria. This role conducts all lab work according to the LiME standards and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform literature reviews to discuss the relevance to the product design in order to apply experimental strategies and trouble-shooting.
  • Design and execute experiments in alignment with the product design criteria following medical device standards.
  • Communicate with our patient, clinician, and healthcare administrator partners to refine current designs and minimize the negative impacts of the wound and the interference of the dressing on the Activities of Daily Living and other normal physical activities of the patients.
  • Perform data analysis and calculations independently; obtain input on the results; analyze, interpret and evaluate complex problems based on a variety of factors; and provide input for the next steps in the experimental design.
  • Troubleshoot experiments and identify abnormal or unexpected trends in data; offer suggestions of the root cause(s).
  • Present data at meetings with LiME members or 4M Biotech technical staff, and provide conclusions and future plans.
  • Prepare data summaries and draft technical documentation as requested.
  • Provide training on laboratory techniques and product protocols to the internal staff.
  • Assist the director of LiME with writing grant proposals.
  • Support Quality Management System (QMS) initiatives and adhere to the QMS requirements, including maintenance of a detailed and accurate laboratory notebook.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Ph.D. or M.S. with minimum of four years of experience in Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Biomaterials, or related fields.
  • Good working knowledge and understanding of wound healing, wound biology, and biomaterials.
  • Extensive experience with mammalian cell culture is required.
  • In-depth experience of literature data gathering and analysis.
  • Demonstrable communication skills, as evident by presentations at scientific meetings, and good interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Eager to publish peer-review articles in high-impact journals.
  • Previous experience with animal studies is an asset.
  • Previous grant writing experience is an asset.

Salary: $60,000 – $70,000 per annum dependent on qualifications and experience.

Application process: Please send your application package including a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and future goals, CV, and contact info for 3 references by email with the subject line "Translational Research Scientist_Wound Management" to

Dr. Mohsen Akbari E-mail:
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of Laboratory for Innovations in Microengineering
The University of Victoria
Victoria, BC, Canada

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Dr. Akbari
    Mechanical Engineering
    University of Victoria
    3800 Finnerty Road, Rm#533
    Engineering Office Wing
    Victoria, BC V8P 2G2

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