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Role description - Encapsulation specialist


Research Scientist - Bacterial Cell Encapsulation

The Role

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Research and Applied Scientist with expertise in encapsulation of bacterial cells, particularly alginate. The successful candidate will play a key role in advancing our research and development efforts in the field of bacterial encapsulation for various applications in biotechnology.  

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Encapsulation: Design and optimise protocols for the encapsulation of bacterial cells, focusing on alginate hydrogels. 

  • Cell Viability and Stability: Evaluate the viability and stability of encapsulated bacterial cells under different conditions, ensuring the maintenance of cell functionality. 

  • Material Characterisation: Conduct thorough material characterisation studies on hydrogels to assess their physical and chemical properties. 

  • Innovative Research: Stay abreast of the latest developments in cell encapsulation technologies and contribute to the development of innovative approaches. 

  • Collaboration: Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams, including synthetic biologists, and engineers to integrate encapsulation technologies into broader projects. 


Essential Criteria

  • Educational Qualifications: Degree in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, or a related field. 

  • Experience: Extensive knowledge of biomaterials and experience in the encapsulation of bacterial cells in hydrogels, with a focus on alginate. Hands-on experience in a research or industry setting. 

  • Research Skills: Background in experimental design, execution, and data analysis related to bacterial encapsulation. Some polymer chemistry experience, preferably with producing hydrogels. 

  • Material Science: Knowledge of hydrogel materials, particularly alginate, and their interactions with bacterial cells. 

  • Analytical Techniques: Proficiency in using a variety of analytical techniques, including microscopy, for the characterisation of encapsulated systems. 

  • Innovation: Demonstrated ability to contribute innovative ideas to solve complex problems in bacterial cell encapsulation. 


Desirable Criteria

  • Collaboration Skills: Experience collaborating with multidisciplinary teams and external research partners. 

  • Regulatory Knowledge: Familiarity with regulatory requirements. 

  • Industry Experience: Previous experience working in an industry setting, particularly in the development of products related to bacterial encapsulation. 

About yourself

You are a highly collaborative individual who efficiently utilises time and resources to accomplish tasks. You thrive in an innovative, fast-paced, and rapidly changing environment. You consistently demonstrate a strong sense of integrity and strive for excellence in your work and conduct. You actively support workplace diversity and have a passion for tackling climate-related challenges that bring about significant impacts. Your enthusiasm and dedication to contribute to the company's growth and mission make you stand out. 


At HydGene, we are passionate about our business and believe in building a strong culture that promotes diversity and equity; and empowers our team members to contribute to the company's growth and culture. 

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter with a summary of your relevant experience to 


This role is designated as full-time casual. While our preference is for a full-time engagement, we are open to exploring part-time possibilities, particularly for candidates whose skills and values align with our company culture.  


Application closing date: EOD (AEST) 9th of February. 2024.

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