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Job: Research Scientist, BME, Kim Lab


Company: University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, TX 78712

Job Description

Job Posting Title:

Research Scientist, BME, Kim Lab

Hiring Department:

Biomedical Engineering

Position Open To:

All Applicants

Weekly Scheduled Hours:


FLSA Status:


Earliest Start Date:

Dec 01, 2019

Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Nov 30, 2020



Job Description:

The Biomimetic Microengineering (BioME) Laboratory (Principal Investigator, Hyun Jung Kim, PhD) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UT Austin has focused on innovating bioinspired engineering principles to develop biomedical platform technologies to uncover the fundamental questions in human health and diseases. By leveraging the human ‘Organs-on-Chips’ microphysiological system, we have created paradigm-shifting gut biomimicry to reconstitute the physical structure, physiological functions, and mechanical dynamics of the living human intestine. Integration of the human “Gut-on-a-Chip” and 3D organoid system enables to emulate the living host-microbiome ecosystem to understand complex crosstalks between epithelium, microbiome, immune cells and microenvironmental factors pertinent to the human homeostasis and disease pathogenesis. We have collaborated closely with LIVESTRONG Cancer Institute in Dell Medical School at UT Austin. For a more detailed description of our research goals and specific projects, please visit the lab website: https://sites.utexas.edu/biome/.

This position entails working with current group members to advance the research projects regarding the design of a patient-specific human gastrointestinal (GI) disease-on-a-chip to emulate the pathophysiology of diseases such as colorectal cancer or inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis). We are particularly interested in identifying the role of the gut microbiome on eliciting the initiation and pathogenesis of these GI diseases. We are also interested in comparative medicine utilizing similar techniques in dog organoids because they also suffer from similar diseases (CD, UC, and CRC). The candidate of interest will leverage microfabrication techniques, primary cell culture, microbial culture, and single-cell analysis to contribute to our on-going projects. Multiple opportunities to collaborate with GI clinicians, GI oncologists, bioinformaticians, microbiologists, and biomedical engineers are expected.

The position is initially offered for one year, which can be renewed on an annual basis.

Job Details:


Develop and maintain organoid lines collected from tissue, blood and fecal samples of both human and canine is the primary focus for this position
Preparation of conditioned medium and isolation of bacteria and immune cells.
Experimental assistance and coordination with other researchers and collaborators with sample collection, maintaining lab resources, imaging, and general laboratory clean-up
Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications

Ph.D. as well as either D.V.M. or V.M.D. degree in a scientific, engineering, or technical field. Five years of experience working with cell/tissue cultures, 3D organoid cultures, or microbial cultures in a research laboratory. Experience in handling and routine care of laboratory maintenance and training in related cell culture techniques. No previous experience with microfabrication required.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

A board certification in Small Animal Internal Medicine is preferred. Proficiency in cell/tissue cultures, organoid cultures, microbial cell cultures, and molecular biological skills (DNA, RNA, and protein works). Experience in microfabrication, microfluidics, animal works, and microscopic imaging preferred. Proficiency in scientific writing and publications in English.

Salary Range

$55,008+ depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

Standard office environment and research laboratory.
Required Materials


3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
Letter of interest
Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.


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