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Senior Biomaterials Scientist/Engineer

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, MD
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Jan 15, 2022

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Are you passionate about developing biomaterials and using biological materials to solve national security challenges?

Do you thrive in a diverse, highly-collaborative, and dynamic scientific environment?

Are you a creative person that has the ability to work across scientific disciplines to conduct impactful research, overcome technical and logistical challenges, and solve today's national security and national health challenges?

If you answered yes to these questions, we're looking for someone like you to join our team in the Biological Sciences Group at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.

We are seeking a Senior Biomaterials Scientist/Engineer to support a thriving team of material scientists, chemists, and biologists. As part of the Research and Exploratory Development Department, our group conducts basic and applied research across a wide range of biomaterials related applications. These include encapsulation of small molecules and biologics as well as development of materials for use in advanced tissue culture applications. In this role, you will lead the design of materials for these applications. You will apply traditional and state-of-the-art approaches to the development of novel materials at the forefront biomaterials discovery.

As a Senior Biomaterials Scientist/Engineer biologist you will:
  • Support new concept development activities to expand the utility of biomaterials across the APL enterprise.
  • Conduct basic and applied research and development across diverse projects that employ the use of biomaterials.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships across the Department, Laboratory, and with external sponsors.
  • Drive experimental execution by leading study designs and assisting associate-level staff with troubleshooting and data analysis.
  • Collaborate with a broad team of scientists with diverse expertise.
  • Communicate key findings both internally across teams and externally to sponsors.
  • Participate in the biology and APL community, and present data at Lab meetings and to department management.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have...
  • A Ph.D. in Biology, Chemistry, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or related field and have 1+ years of relevant experience.
  • Extensive experience incorporating living systems into materials.
  • Experience with hydrogels and/or polymeric materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform molecular assays.
  • Broad cell culture experience.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, including the ability to lead and contribute to teams from any position.
  • Are able to obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have...
  • Demonstrated abilities to develop nanomaterials to support advanced synthetic biology applications in microbial, mammalian, or plant systems.
  • Extensive mammalian cell-culture experience.
  • Tissue engineering and scaffolds experience.
  • In vitro model experience.
  • Extensive imaging expertise including confocal microscopy/SEM/CT.
  • Experience producing biological materials.
  • Chemical synthesis experience.
  • Experience with characterization of materials using rheology, dynamic light scattering/electrophoretic light scattering, and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA).

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space, and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work, and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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