Postdoctoral position in bioengineering of a bioartificial pancreas using 3D printing

– Position has now been filled – 

The Stem Cell Bioprocessing Lab of Prof. Corinne Hoesli is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to lead several projects related to engineering a bioartificial pancreas using 3D printing. The focus of these projects is to understand and minimize hypoxia in pancreatic islet transplantation devices to treat diabetes. At least one Mitacs internship in partnership with a 3D printing company is planned during the project.

Candidates must have mastered primary cell culture techniques applied to human pancreatic cells such as islets or islet-like clusters derived from stem cells. We welcome applications from biologists and engineers who have worked in the field of diabetes cell therapy – particularly on projects related to hypoxia. An ideal candidate would master 3D cell culture, cell and molecular biology (Westerns, qPCR, histology, flow cytometry) while being familiar with engineering techniques related to the project (3D printing & CAD software, rheology, mechanical tests). Since the project involves an industrial collaboration, prior experience managing academic-private partnerships is valuable. The candidates should be versatile in order to work in a highly multidisciplinary environment that encompasses industrial partners, clinicians, engineers and experts in the field of diabetes.

The Stem Cell Bioprocessing Lab focuses on applying engineering approaches to produce cells for regenerative medicine. The lab works on designing and optimizing scalable methods to produce cellular therapy products using stem cells and progenitor cells. Other projects in the lab include islet encapsulation to treat type 1 diabetes and the development of biomimetic vascular biomaterials.

McGill University is the leading medical research university in Canada. McGill is located in Montréal, a vibrant and culturally rich city in the heart of Canada’s mainly francophone province of Québec. Although Montréal is a largely bilingual city, knowledge of French or willingness to learn French is a distinct asset.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, copies of 3 recent publications as well as the name and contact information of 3 referees in a single pdf file to Prof. Hoesli,

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Commitment to equity and diversity

McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry. McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures ( Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, by e-mail ( or phone at 514-398-2477.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Posting period: July 15th until the position has been filled.
Gross salary: between $30,000 and $40,000 according to the level of experience. The candidate is encouraged to also apply to external funding.
Union agreement:
Work hours: 40 hours/week. Most of the work will be performed between 7 AM and 7 PM from Monday to Friday, but some experiments will require work outside these normal work hours.
Work place: Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Wong building.
Contract duration: 1 year starting in August 2020 or at the candidates’ earliest convenience with possible renewal. Due to the COVID-19 global health emergency, a 2-week quarantine period will be required for those residing outside Canada prior to the start date.

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