Materials Scientist 

Starfish Neuroscience is an early-stage startup advancing the science and engineering of brain interfaces. Basic and clinical neuroscience has shown how targeted modulation of brain activity patterns can create precise changes in physiology, affect, or cognition. We see that this ability can be harnessed to treat a wide range of conditions, from movement disorders to mood disorders and from poor sleep to chronic pain. Our mission is to build the foundational technology for safe, flexible, and reliable neuromodulation and to deploy that technology as precision therapies, easily available to the people who need them. 

We hire people who are able to work both independently and collaboratively, who have deep expertise in their domain and broad curiosity and skills beyond, and who have demonstrated technical or professional excellence.  

We are seeking an experienced Materials Scientist to work hybrid in our Bellevue, WA office. The ideal candidate will have broad experience developing new and improved products, testing the quality of prototypes and products, and planning and carrying out complex research projects.

Responsible for:

  • Research and develop advanced applications of materials for implantable devices, including conductive polymers, biocompatible coatings, and flexible substrates
  • Design and conduct experiments to evaluate material properties, including mechanical, electrical, and biocompatibility performance
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including electrical, mechanical, and software engineers, to develop and optimize device components and ensure their successful integration
  • Analyze and interpret experimental results, drawing conclusions and making recommendations for material selection and optimization
  • Develop pipelines for running experiments and doing analysis


  • Strong understanding of materials science principles, with a focus on biocompatible and conductive materials
  • Knowledge of biomaterials and biocompatibility testing, with a familiarity with relevant ISO and ASTM standards
  • Proficient in experimental design and data analysis, with experience in materials characterization techniques such as FTIR, SEM, XRD, and mechanical testing
  • Experience with electrochemical testing for electrode interfaces is a plus.
  • Experience with CAD software, statistical analysis software, and programming languages (e.g., Python, MATLAB) is a plus
  • Excellent problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking skills, with the ability to adapt and learn in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience in recruiting, hiring and developing teams and organizations
  • Curiosity and a willingness to learn from others
  • The ability to successfully work collaboratively in a flat organizational structure
  • Able to function as an individual contributor, collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, and work with vendors, contractors and related disciplines

Starfish Neuroscience encourages and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. Consideration will be given to candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, pregnancy, family medical history or genetic information, age, veteran status, family status, or disability status. Starfish is committed to an inclusive and diverse work environment and does not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.

Reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities will be provided unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship or present a direct threat. Please contact us to request accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process.

Apply for this Job

* Required
resume chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)
cover_letter chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)
When autocomplete results are available use up and down arrows to review
+ Add another education

Please reach out to our support team via our help center.