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Biomedical Engineer

  • R&D
  • Full-time
  • Cambridge, MA

Posted on June 26, 2023

Purpose

Axoft is building a bioinspired neural interface platform. Our mission is to enable long-term stable and ultra-high bandwidth communication with the brain, opening new therapies and diagnostics for chronic neurological disorders. We have bridged the gap between electronic and biological materials to create the softest brain implants in the world using our unique semiconductor fabrication technology. We are now looking to add a talented person to the team who is passionate, delivers results, is committed to finding creative solutions to complex engineering problems, and grow together with the company. Axoft is looking for candidates who have demonstrated exceptional abilities and results in their previous professional, academic and interpersonal experiences and have the skillset that fits this job offer. 

 

We are seeking a Biomedical Engineer to contribute to the development of our bioinspired neural interface platform. You will lead R&D efforts and assist other teams to implement prototypes in various preclinical models to demonstrate safety and efficacy of our technology. This is an extraordinary opportunity to join our core team to help to shape the future of our company. This position will be on-site at our various locations in Cambridge, MA.  

Duties and responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of a minimally invasive surgical implantation technique for Axoft depth electrodes based on innovative solutions.

  • Develop back-end, handling, and preparation protocols of our prototypes to enhance preclinical research outcomes for future medical devices.

  • Identify engineering problems such as unexpected experimental outcomes, equipment issues, prototypes failure modes and take part in cause-and-effect analysis.  

  • Assist preclinical experiments involving rodent neurosurgery, behavioral experiments, and data analysis.

  • Collaborate and report to the Senior Research Scientist about the general progress and manage the research animals. 

Qualifications

About you: 

  • You embrace challenges at work, and you enjoy solving complex problems by breaking it down into achievable goals. 

  • You are detail-oriented and good at working with animal models and performing surgical procedures that require patience and precision.

  • You love multi-disciplinary environments and thrive when working with various teams of engineers and scientists. 

  • You are ingenious and independent but know how to leverage the experience of your team. 

  • You want to grow together in a team by actively participating in building its culture.

Key qualifications:   

  • M.S. in biomedical engineering, bioengineering, neurosciences, or a related field.

  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to adapt to new technologies and procedures.

  • 1-2 years of experience involving animal care and handling experience required.   

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed.  

  • Hands-on mechanical prototyping and testing experience.

  • Familiar with neurosurgery techniques.  

  • Comfortable with working with preclinical animal models. 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  

  • Legally authorized to work in the U.S. 

Preferred qualifications:   

  • Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, bioengineering, neurosciences, or a related field.

  • Direct experience in materials sciences, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering preferred.

  • Experience in large preclinical models (canine, ovine, or equivalent) and/or non-human primate neurosurgery in a research setting.

  • Proven experience and expertise in rodent neurosurgery techniques (e.g. craniotomy, durotomy)

  • Experience in the development and/or implantation of neural probes (e.g. patch clamp, tetrode, flexible implants).

  • Experience in mechanical simulation techniques such as finite element modeling (FEM) to analyze and optimize the design of biomedical devices and implants.

Working conditions

This position will be on-site at our various locations in Cambridge, MA. This position requires the ability to perform preclinical duties for up to two hours without interruption and requires the ability to work multiple days a week in the laboratory and vivarium environments.

What we offer: 

  • An opportunity to work with a team of experts on one of the most exciting problems in the world and change lives.  

  • Career growth opportunities that fit your potential. 

  • Comprehensive benefits plan including health and dental insurance; parental leave. 

  • Flexible paid time off.