Biological Scientist II
An exciting opportunity exists for a biological scientist to be
part of the Tissue chips in Space program funded by the National
Center for Advancement Translational Sciences (NCATS). This
position seeks a highly organized, multitasker to contribute toward
ongoing technical and logistical aspects critical to validate a
microfluidic skeletal muscle tissue chip for disease modeling and
drug efficacy testing and to implement the tissue chips into a
CubeLab for the lab’s second launch to the International Space
Station in 2022. The position is in the Department of
Pharmacodynamics in the College of Pharmacy at the University of
Florida. The department invites applications for a full-time, staff
position in a cellular pharmacology laboratory.
- Manage production of PDMS chips and cell stocks for tissue chip
drug testing including: Fabricate and produce polydimethylsiloxane
(PDMS) tissue chips from exiting molds and established protocols;
Purify and expand cell stocks derived from donor muscle cells
(partnership with AdventHealth) for a certain cell type (CD56+,
CD90, etc) and confirm by flow cytometry.
- Work with the MPS-Db through the University of Pittsburg to
deposit data from muscle tissue chips, generate templates from
baseline datasets (without drug concentration) and establish
workflow to collect future data sets (with drug concentrations) as
well as analyze and visualize datasets including: Work closely with
Research faculty to organize results from pharmacological and
physiological experiments that may be used to feed data-rich
templates into the microphysiological systems database (MPS-Db);
Contribute toward establishing a chronic compound testing workflow
in the tissue chips
- Manage timelines and experimental protocols for biological
verification testing with implementation partner hardware.
Coordinate lab resources for testing that may take place in
Gainesville, Orlando or at Kennedy Space Center including:
Coordinate with implementation engineers and assist in organizing
logistics to implement our MPS system with payload hardware for
space flight in mid-2022.
$45,000-$55,000; commensurate with education and experience
Bachelor's degree in biology or a closely related field and three
years of relevant experience; or a Master's degree in biology or a
closely related field and one year of relevant experience; Doctoral
degree in biology or a closely related field.
Cell culture experience working with primary cells preferred.
Knowledge of scientific databases and data visualization tools are
Special Instructions to Applicants:
In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter,
resume, and list of references.
This is a time-limited position.
This position is only open to US citizens due to the contractual
requirements of working with the Kennedy Space Center Labs.
Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end
The University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, strives to
stimulate a culture that promotes diversity and inclusion within an
exceptional community of students, faculty and staff. We welcome
applicants from diverse backgrounds and are committed to developing
leaders who respect, support and have a positive impact on all
This requisition has been reposted. Previous applicants are still
under consideration and need not apply.
Health Assessment Required: