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BioPACIFIC MIP Additive Manufacturing Project Scientist, California NanoSystems Institute

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 29th, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, Nov 19, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Apr 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The BioPACIFIC MIP will create and operate a state-of-the-art user facility dedicated to biomaterials discovery and development. Creating this research eco-system will require the integration of very broad, disparate communities from Engineering, Materials, Biology, and Chemistry that utilize different kinds of equipment. BioPACIFIC is seeking a motivated individual to establish a world-class resource for additive manufacturing using novel biomaterials and take a lead role in the development and application of these next-generation tools in advancing BioPACIFIC’s research mission and enabling a national user base to utilize these capabilities.

Reporting to the Executive Director at UCSB of the NSF BioPACIFIC MIP, and working closely with both the research and operations teams, The Additive Manufacturing Project Scientist will be responsible for specifying, ordering, and installing commercial additive manufacturing equipment for the BioPACIFIC MIP, as well as working with the BioPACIFIC research team to design and build new additive manufacturing equipment and modify existing equipment to accommodate newly developed resins. The Additive Manufacturing Project Scientist will also integrate these tools with relevant characterization equipment and data gathering platforms. This includes researching the state of the art in biomaterials printing in industry and academia, consulting with faculty on the required features for the equipment, working with the building manager to ensure that the facilities requirements for the equipment are in place, and independently designing experiments to vet and qualify the equipment capabilities. The latter item requires scientific expertise in the field.

The Additive Manufacturing Project Scientist will spend 50% time, in tandem with the BioPACIFIC in-house research team, on making significant and creative contributions to in-house research, including developing new processes and procedures for use on the equipment, developing and carrying out relevant experiments, publishing scientific papers, presenting at technical conferences, and filing IP disclosures. The Additive Manufacturing Project Scientist will collaborate with in-house Senior Faculty participants, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to continuously build expertise and remain at the forefront of their research fields: gain fluency in the operational aspects of the equipment, in the science that leverages the equipment, and in advances to the state of the art in additive manufacturing processes and systems that should be leveraged as the center evolves and the scientific scope grows. Building expertise will include attending and presenting at a bi-monthly technical research meeting with affiliate researchers from both UCSB and UCLA where they will provide consultation on tool usage, experimental design, and data interpretation.

External users will also consult with the Additive Manufacturing Project Scientist to develop a Project Feasibility and Research plan. The Additive Manufacturing Project Scientist will review BioPACIFIC user pre-proposals and advise on whether the proposed work is technically feasible, or if a proposal requires revision in order to be accepted. The Additive Manufacturing Project Scientist can also advise on how to set up the work to maximize the likelihood of success. Once the proposal is accepted, the Additive Manufacturing Project Scientist will be the BioPACIFIC technical Point-of-Contact on the project. The Additive Manufacturing Project Scientist will devote 50% time to serve as a scientific and technical expert and train external users in the operation of these tools, and on setting up, carrying out, and analyzing experiments in support of their work at BioPACIFIC. Twice per year the Additive Manufacturing Project Scientist will participate in open house that will highlight the facilities and research capabilities and promote use by internal and external users.

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials, Biology, Bioengineering at the time of application.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Hands-on experience working with 3D printing equipment and associated parts design.
  • Demonstrated communication and organizational skills to prioritize coordination of multiple assignments/projects/deadlines simultaneously with minimal direction.
  • Evidence of flexibility and initiative when working within a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Management of multiple projects in both team-oriented collaborations and independent ownership.
  • Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by submitted materials including the CV, Cover Letter, and an optional but encouraged statement of diversity.
  • Demonstrated supervision of professional and support staff.

For primary consideration, applications and the items listed below must be completed on or before Nov 19, 2020.

1) An updated CV (required)
2) Statement of interest/cover letter (required)
3) 3 References (contact information required)
4) Statement of Contributions to Diversity (optional)

This is a one-year, 100% time appointment with possibility of renewal on an annual basis. Anticipated start date is January 4, 2021.

We strongly encourage applicants to submit an optional Statement of Contributions to Diversity. These statements, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of individuals.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, California

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)