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Postdoctoral Fellow Research Opening – Development of Biomimetic Microsystems Aimed at Modeling Bone Marrow

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Biomimetic Microsystems platform. The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things; to pursue the high-risk research that is fundamental to advance this effort; and to harness these insights to create biologically-inspired materials and devices to advance human health and improve the environment — thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and creating a more sustainable world.

We seek outstanding postdoctoral applicants with expertise and knowledge of bone marrow function, the hematopoietic niche, immunology and stem cell biology to join an interdisciplinary team of biologists and engineers for the development of novel in vitro "organ-on-chip" microsystems technologies to study and model human bone marrow in health and disease. Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. or M.D. and have a proven record of high quality publications in bone marrow function and hematopoiesis. Strong interest in contributing to multidisciplinary teams (engineers, biologists/physiologists, clinicians) is critical for this position. Expertise in in vitro culture and characterization of cells derived from human bone marrow and cord blood, as well as knowledge of flow cytometry and basic molecular and cell biology concepts and techniques is a must.

The ideal candidate would bring expertise in bone marrow biology, function, and disease, with an interest in applying this expertise in combination with modern bioengineering practices. This postdoctoral fellow is expected to develop and lead an interdisciplinary research project aimed at creating microengineered "organ-on-chip" models, simulating human diseases and exploring their use in drug discovery applications.

How to apply: applications should be assembled as a single pdf file. This application should contain a cover letter briefly describing candidate's background and specific research interests, a full CV with a publication list, expected Ph.D. completion date, and the names and contact information for three references who might be contacted for recommendations.

How to apply: applications should be assembled as a single pdf file. This application should contain a complete resume, cover letter describing research interests and goals, full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, as well as the names and contact information of three references (expected to provide letters of recommendation).

Applications should be sent to faculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu using the subject line “BONE MARROW APPLICATION.”

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Postdoctoral Fellow Research Opening – Drug Delivery at Wyss and Wolf Institutes

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Programmable Nanomaterials platform, in collaboration with the Julius Wolff Institute at the Charite Hospital in Berlin, Germany. The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things, pursue the high-risk research that is fundamental to advance this effort and to harness these insights to create biologically inspired materials and devices to advance human health and improve the environment —thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and creating a more sustainable world. The focus of the research is to identify a suitable biomaterial delivery vehicle for the delivery of drugs, specifically targeting diseases of the joint area.

The position would require a strong interaction with clinicians and translational researchers located at the partner Institution in Berlin. At the start of the project, the postdoctoral fellow will spend some months in Berlin in order to fully understand the clinical needs and requirements of a drug delivery vehicle specifically for pain relief and/or infection control in the joint.

In the second phase of the project, the candidate will relocate to the Wyss Institute in Boston in order to develop and characterize a biomaterial based drug delivery vehicle to meet the identified clinical requirements.

The candidate will also act as a liaison between the two institutions, and will facilitate new collaborations between researchers across the different locations. This requires a tight interaction of the candidate with researchers at both institutes and a keen interest in identifying novel technologies being developed at the Wyss Institute and matching them with clinical need based solutions being pursued at the Julius Wolff Institute.

Candidates should have a proven track record in biomaterial research, preferably in the context of controlled drug delivery, and a keen interest in clinical possibilities and applications of biomaterials. A Ph.D. degree in bioengineering, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, or similar field is required.

Candidates will be mainly based at the Wyss Institute in Boston, but should be prepared to travel back-and-forth several times to the partner institution in Berlin. A stay of 3 months at the start of the project at the Julius Wolff Institute in Berlin is required.

Excellent oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills are required.

Experience in interacting with both clinicians, basic researchers, and business development officers will be positively evaluated.

How to apply: applications should be assembled as a single pdf file. This application should contain a cover letter briefly describing candidate's background and specific research interests, a full CV with a publication list, expected Ph.D. completion date, and the names and contact information for three references who might be contacted for recommendations.

How to apply: applications should be assembled as a single pdf file. This application should contain a cover letter briefly describing candidate's background and specific research interests, a full CV with a publication list, expected Ph.D. completion date, and the names and contact information for three references who might be contacted for recommendations.

Applications should be sent to faculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu using the subject line “Drug Delivery at Wyss and Wolf Institutes.” We strongly suggest sending applications before May 1, 2016 for full consideration; however, we will continue to look at applications until the position is filled.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Postdoctoral Fellow Research Opening — Wyss Institute at Harvard University, George M. Church, Ph.D.

We seek outstanding applicants for an interdisciplinary postdoctoral position in molecular biology. The postdoctoral fellow will work with a collaborative team of academic, staff, and industrial researchers to map cortical circuits from the synaptic level in the mouse brain.

These responsibilities will require development and validation of experimental protocols; organizing and assisting in collaborative efforts; writing and assisting with peer-reviewed publications, patent applications, and grant proposals. In addition, general laboratory responsibilities are required, such as maintaining budgets, equipment, supplies, and reporting laboratory results.

The candidate will investigate, modify and/or develop new protocols, procedures, or techniques to accelerate the completion of research goals. The candidate will identify resources in the Wyss community and beyond to approach research challenges; will conduct laboratory research, mentor and supervise the efforts of students and fellows; will collaborate with faculty and other researchers, acting as expert in specialized area; will participate in writing research proposals and reports to funding agencies, providing critical data, figures or information for grant and patent submissions; will write and collaborate with faculty and other researchers on manuscripts, abstracts, and other publications of research findings; will interact regularly with Core and Associate Institute faculty and Institute staff; will present research results at Wyss internal and external meetings. The candidate will train others on research methodology as well as the tools and approaches used to perform the research and collect, analyze and present the data to the research team and collaborators.

Candidates must have a PhD in Biology or related area, Molecular Biology preferred. At least 2 years of experience in molecular biology or related experience is required. Strong experience in synthetic biology, genetics, molecular biology protocols or related experience is necessary. Excellent molecular biology skills in library construction and DNA amplification are necessary. Excellent problem-solving, analytical, protocol development and troubleshooting skills. Good understanding of genetics. Experience with grant and publication writing are preferred. Able to complete complex tasks with minimal supervision. Able to coordinate work across a larger team. Experience with bioinformatics and biological scripting languages a plus (e.g., Python/BioPython, MATLAB). Experience in research and development within an academic environment is a plus. Strong organizational, communication, and time management skills are required to assist and collaborate with multidisciplinary groups of technology innovators in a dynamic team environment. Must be able to work in chemical and biological laboratory environments.

The mission of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is to transform human healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. Developed as an alliance between Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions, Institute faculty and staff collaborate in high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. A major focus of the Institute is to translate the technologies developed by its faculty and staff into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators and establishment of corporate alliances.

How to apply: applications should be assembled as single pdf file.This application should contain a cover letter briefly describing candidate's background and specific research interests, a full CV with a publication list, expected Ph.D. completion date, and the names and contact information for three references who might be contacted for recommendations.

Applications should be sent to faculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu using the subject line “CONNECTOMICS FISSEQ APPLICATION.” We strongly suggest sending applications before the end of February 29, 2016 for full consideration; however, we will continue to look at applications until the position is filled.

Keywords: Connectomics, Connectome, FISSEQ, RNA-Seq, NGS (Next generation sequencing), FISH, RNA-FISH

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Postdoctoral Fellow Research Opening – The Tissue Microfabrication Laboratory

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Bioinspired Biomedical Microsystems platform. The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things, pursue the high-risk research that is fundamental to advance this effort and to harness these insights to create biologically inspired materials and devices to advance human health and improve the environment — thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and creating a more sustainable world. We seek outstanding applicants for an interdisciplinary postdoctoral position in biochemical sensing.

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join our team to lead our efforts in engineering hydrogels and biodegradable polymers associated with engineering 3-dimensional cell-laden organs-on-chips and implantable tissues.

The group is investigating how cellular interactions with their surrounding local microenvironment regulate cellular structure, organization, proliferation, differentiation, and migration both in culture and in vivo. Using a repertoire of bioengineering approaches, we have developed novel methods to engineer vasculature both in vitro and in vivo. The group is seeking candidates to lead efforts in further developing our recently established materials systems and 3D organotypic models, and how to translate these findings into in vivo settings.

Candidates with expertise in synthetic polymer chemistry, especially in biomaterials for either in vitro or in vivo studies, and a strong interest in establishing crossover skills are encouraged. Substantial publication records in synthetic chemistry, biomaterials, and/or their use in biological studies are a plus.

How to apply: applications should be assembled as single pdf files. This application should contain a cover letter briefly describing candidate's background and specific research interests, a full CV with a publication list, expected Ph.D. completion date, and the names and contact information for three references who might be contacted for recommendations.

Applications should be sent to faculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu using the subject line “TISSUE MICROFABRICATION APPLICATION.” We strongly suggest sending applications before December 31 (2015) for full consideration; however, we will continue to look at applications until the position is filled.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Postdoctoral Fellow Research Opening -- Development of Biomimetic Microsystems Aimed at Modeling Gastrointestinal Disorders

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Biomimetic Microsystems platform. The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things; to pursue the high-risk research that is fundamental to advance this effort; and to harness these insights to create biologically-inspired materials and devices to advance human health and improve the environment – thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and creating a more sustainable world.

We seek outstanding postdoctoral applicants with expertise in intestinal cell biology and physiology and/or surface barrier (mucosal) inflammation to join an interdisciplinary team of biologists and engineers for the development of novel in vitro "organ-on-chip" microsystems technologies to study and model gastrointestinal disorders. Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. or M.D. and have a proven record of high quality publications in intestinal cell biology and/or inflammation. Strong interest in contributing to multidisciplinary teams (engineers, biologists/physiologists, clinicians) is critical for this position. Expertise in in vitro culture of intestinal cells, as well as knowledge of basic molecular and cell biology concepts and techniques is a must. Experience with stem cell culture/differentiation would be beneficial but not necessary.

The ideal candidate would bring expertise in gastrointestinal cell biology, physiology, and pathophysiology, with an interest in applying this expertise in combination with modern bioengineering practices. This postdoctoral fellow is expected to develop and lead an interdisciplinary research project aimed at creating microengineered "organ-on-chip" models, simulating human diseases and exploring their use in drug discovery applications.

Applications, assembled as single PDF files, should contain a complete resume, cover letter describing research interests and goals, full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, as well as the names and contact information of three references (expected to provide letters of recommendation). Applications should be sent to faculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu using the subject line “GASTROINTESTINAL APPLICATION.”

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Postdoctoral Fellow Research Opening -- Bio-Inspired Microsystems Engineering

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Biomimetic Microsystems Platform. The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things, pursue the high-risk research that is fundamental to advance this effort and to harness these insights to create biologically inspired materials and devices to advance human health and improve the environment -- thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and creating a more sustainable world. We seek outstanding applicants for an interdisciplinary post-doctoral position in microfluidics and bioengineering, specifically for the development of Organs-on-Chips biomimetic microsystems.

Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. with an excellent track record of research in a field related to microtechnology or bioengineering and to have an interest in biological applications. The candidate should be open-minded, creative, energetic and bring strong expertise and experimental background in at least one of the fields of microfluidics, microfabrication, bioengineering or system engineering. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven ability to design and build novel microfluidic microsystems and employ them for cell biological applications. Basic knowledge of molecular cell biology (cell culture, basic molecular biology concepts and techniques) and microscopy techniques is also required. Background in cell biology or physiology would be a plus, but is not required.

The successful candidate is expected to develop and lead an interdisciplinary research project aimed at creating microengineered human organ-on-chip models to study normal physiology mimic disease and to explore their potential in drug-discovery applications.

Applications, assembled as single pdf files, should contain a C.V., a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications and copies of up to three relevant scientific papers and names and contact information for at least three writers of letters of recommendation who might be contacted as references. Applications should be sent to faculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Postdoctoral Fellow Research Opening -- Bio-Inspired Engineering

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a number of postdoctoral fellow positions. The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things; to pursue the high-risk research that is fundamental to advance this effort; and to harness these insights to create biologically inspired materials and devices to advance human health and improve the environment – thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and creating a more sustainable world.

A Ph.D. in a related field is required as is a background in synthetic biology, living materials or biological control. Candidates are specifically sought for the following enabling technology platforms: Adaptive Materials Technologies; Anticipatory Medical and Cellular Devices; Biomaterials Evolution; Biomimetic Microsystems; Programmable Nanomaterials and Bioinspired Robotics. For more specific information, please visit our website at http://www.wyss.harvard.edu.

Applications, assembled as single pdf files, should contain a C.V., a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, and names and contact information for at least three writers of letters of recommendation, who might be contacted as references. Applications should be sent to postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

We've won a Webby Award!

Wyss Institute is proud to announce our win in the 2012
Webby Awards in the Science category.