Polymer Scientist



Software Engineering
Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2024

Axoft is building the most advanced scalable platform for implantable brain-machine interfaces. Our mission is to enable long-term stable and ultra-high bandwidth communication with the brain, opening new therapies and treatments against neurological disorders and physical disabilities. We have bridged the gap between electronic and biological materials to create the softest, nanofabricated brain implants in the world. We are now looking to add talented people to the team who are passionate, deliver results, and are committed to finding creative solutions to complex problems. 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 Polymer Scientist to help in the development of our next-generation brain-machine interface. 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 headquarters near Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA.

As a Polymer Scientist at Axoft, you will work alongside research scientists on polymer synthesis, coating techniques for microfabricated devices and analyze in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility assays.


  • Develop high yield, air-free polymer synthesis processes for use in a brain implant medical device

  • Develop photo-curable polymers and implement feedback from microfabrication engineers to optimize usability

  • Work with external labs or GMP suppliers to develop the scale-up process for full production

  • Analysis of chemical data (including, but not limited to NMR, FTIR, Raman, GPC, etc.)

  • Preparation of specimens for mechanical and physical characterizations (including, but not limited to tensile testing, rheometry, DSC, TGA, etc.)

  • Development of optimal purification techniques to meet rigorous medical purity and quality standards, possibly alongside an external lab

  • Drafting of raw material and sub-assembly specifications for medical device manufacturing process flow

  • Ideation of novel coating methods

Qualifications (required)

  • PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Materials Science, Polymer Chemistry/Science or similar

  • Experience with polymer chemistry/synthesis using air-free synthesis in a laboratory setting

  • 0-2 years’ industry or academic experience in a materials-related field

  • A passion for advancing medical technology that will drastically improve patients’ quality of life

  • Experience in complex chemical data analysis

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Driven and detail-oriented

  • Proven expertise with working towards ambitious targets. Driven to exceed expectations.

Qualifications (preferred)

  • Experience with chromatography or other polymer purification techniques

  • Experience with microfabrication techniques (photolithography, lift-off metal patterning)

What we offer:

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

  • Career growth opportunities that fit your potential.

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

  • Flexible paid time off.

Axoft’s ideal team members are people who seek fast-paced, evolving work with bright, thoughtful, and dedicated teammates. We seek and embrace challenges, and we are ultimately focused on improving the health and well-being of people. We believe in producing the highest quality work, and we hold ourselves and each other to high standards of integrity, accountability, growth, and trust.

Axoft provides equal opportunity in all our employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military status, genetic information or any other category protected by federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transfer, disciplinary action, layoff, return from layoff, training and social, and recreational programs. All such employment decisions will be made without unlawfully discriminating on any prohibited basis.