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Postdoc Fellow: Designer Biomaterials for Efficient Cell Encapsulation

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-122267 Date posted 06/01/2022

Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland (US)

Competitive Salary, Bonus & Benefits

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-centered biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca, we 're dedicated to being a Great Place to Work where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and fuel your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society.

About the Postdoc Program

Bring your expertise, apply your knowledge, follow the science and make a difference.

AstraZeneca’s Postdoc Program is for self-motivated individuals looking to tackle exciting, high impact projects in a collaborative, engaging and innovative environment. You'll work with peers and professionals from a diverse group of backgrounds, and a world class academic mentor specifically aligned to your project. We'll help you develop valuable networks which support your research and future career development!

AstraZeneca Postdocs are respected as specialists and encouraged to speak up. They lead ground-breaking drug discovery and development research projects. Our vibrant, multi-disciplinary scientific teams empower and support our Postdocs, and we encourage them to share their research at conferences, publish papers, achieve their goals and make a difference to our patients.

You'll learn from industry leaders working on innovative research across our organization. Our Postdoc Training Program will support you to develop transferrable skills from influencing others to shape the agenda, to data analysis.

About the Opportunity

Working with Dr. Luis Santos, Associate Principal Scientist in Drug Delivery, Dr Yasuhiro Ikeda, Senior Director of Cell Therapy in Biologics engineering, at AstraZeneca, and Dr. Christopher Rhodes, Vice President you will drive technology innovation and design of novel biomaterial capsules for cell encapsulation to address unmet medical needs.

Applying innovative technologies, including but not limited to microencapsulation of cells and automation, you’ll explore how to improve the design of biomaterial capsules with improved mechanical and physical properties to make implantable cell factories addressing chronic diseases.

You will be embedded in a well-integrated, cross functional and collaborative team of drug delivery, cell biology, automation and data scientists, and disease model experts to drive innovation and strengthen AZ leadership in cell therapies. You will collaborate with outstanding scientists from across the organization and get exposed to special science and technological innovation.

Qualification, Skills & Experience


  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering

  • Proficient in Biomaterials design, microencapsulation technologies for cell encapsulation

  • Hands on experience with biomaterials design, conjugation, peptides, and understanding of polymer chemistry

  • Keen to learn new analytical and innovative biophysical technologies to drive understanding of biomaterials design for encapsulation of cells

  • Skilled in cell culture, and basic understanding of automation, 3D printing, and DOE

  • Good networking, collaboration and teamworking skills

  • Highly organized

  • Ability to find opportunities, learn, and implement new technologies and science


  • Enthusiasm to use automation tools to facilitate high throughput screening of microcapsule properties and cell interactions and identify lead candidates

  • Sound understanding of analytical and biophysical characterization tools to aid on understanding of capsule design (e.g. Rheology, confocal microscopy, ELISA, SEM)

  • Prior experience of working on cross-disciplinary/ global project teams.

  • Strong publication record.

Ready for an exciting, rewarding challenge? Apply today!

Advert Opens: January 7th

Advert Closes: February 7th

AstraZeneca has taken critical steps to protecting colleagues, loved ones, and patients from COVID-19 and its variants. COVID-19 vaccination is required for all US employees, and weekly PCR COVID-19 testing is required for those who are unvaccinated or have an approved accommodation.

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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