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Biomaterials Scientist Co-op

Aspect Biosystems

Aspect Biosystems

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posted on Friday, February 2, 2024
As a Biomaterials Scientist Co-op you will be part of a multidisciplinary R&D team focused on development of 3D human tissues for in vitro drug testing or as life-changing, cell-based implantable tissue therapeutics. In this role, you will provide support for the design, manufacturing, and testing of 3D human tissues for pre-clinical use or as therapeutic devices by using and adapting Aspect’s microfluidic bioprinting technology. This is an exciting opportunity for you to work closely with a team of engineers, cell biologists, and biomaterials experts, to develop bioprinted tissues that could transform the way we develop medicines and treat disease.


  • Support development and functionalization of synthetic or natural polymers that support therapeutic cell function and tissue transplant suitability.
  • Formulate and characterize bioinks, buffers and solutions to use in bioprinting processes for therapeutic applications.
  • Execute assays to characterize biomaterial formulations for physicochemical properties, printability, biological function, stability, and toxicity.
  • Execute morphometric, mechanical, and stability tests to characterize bioprinted hydrogels.
  • Create experimental reports and present experiments to key stakeholders.
  • Rigorously document all work, following good documentation practice.
  • Become an expert user of Aspect’s microfluidic bioprinting technology.


  • Education: Student enrolled in biomedical engineering, polymer chemistry, chemical engineering or similar program.
  • Professional Experience: Demonstrated experience in designing and executing research experiments in a lab setting. Conducted technical literature searches to support research experiments with full understanding of the research and development process.
  • Biomaterials Experience: You understand and know how to manipulate formulations. You have a passion for biomaterials, tissue engineering, or therapeutic tissue applications. Experience with 3D bioprinting would be preferred.
  • Problem Solver: Demonstrated ability to identify innovative working solutions to problems with challenging constraints.
  • Effective Communicator: You have superior written and verbal communication skills. You are an active listener who can communicate to different audiences in diverse situations.
  • Detail oriented: You have outstanding attention to detail, and experimental and process rigor. You take pride in your work and strive for excellence in the work you do.
  • Go-Getter: You work with a sense of urgency, are results-driven, and thrive in a fast-paced, interdisciplinary, and entrepreneurial environment. You are willing to roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to get the job done.
  • The hiring range for this role is $3,000 - $4,000 per month. Our ranges are based on market data and offered salaries will be based on a combination of factors including, but not limited to, the successful candidate’s job-related knowledge, skills, education, and experience.
Who We Are
Aspect Biosystems is a Canadian biotechnology company creating bioprinted tissue therapeutics to transform how we treat disease. Our bold team of innovators and entrepreneurs have joined us from all over the globe to create a new class of regenerative medicine and work towards a future where our bioprinted tissues are used to save lives and make people healthier. We are endlessly curious and wildly passionate about what we do. Every person on our team is a key contributor to our success and is eager to roll up their sleeves to make a difference in the ever-changing world of biotech. If you are committed to making a real impact and accelerating the development of life-changing therapies, we want to hear from you!
At Aspect Biosystems, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or terminate, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, provincial, or local law.