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The Wyss Institute currently has openings in the following areas:

Advanced Technology Team Positions

Senior Bioinformatics Researcher
Works closely with experimental collaborators to effectively support their needs for data processing and interpretation; uses computational approaches to integrate results from one or more high-throughput assay types along with clinical endpoints to help predict how the host responds to a particular infection; participates in writing research proposals and reports to funding agencies, providing critical data, figures or information for grant and patent submissions. [39092BR]

Lead Senior Staff Scientist — Synthetic Biology
Leadership role in development of industrial relationships and outreach to generate feedback that will guide the research and development efforts; leads research activities under the direction of the faculty leaders of the Institute’s Enabling Technology Platforms; works directly with Institute faculty and researchers in their efforts to develop novel technologies in reading, writing and editing nucleic acids and proteins; directs the translation of these technologies into new and exciting applications. [39044BR]

Pattern Maker and Grader
Works directly with Functional Apparel Design team, Platform Faculty, and engineering teams to translate and interpret functional and technical requirements into a broad range of wearable robotics; responsible for 1st patterns, drapes and patterns for prototyping, editing/adjusting patterns, grading patterns for production, and creating patterns from sewn samples; creates and collaborates on tech packs, interfaces with leading Apparel Companies and helps with sourcing and garment prototyping construction. [38810BR]

Staff Systems Engineer – Synthetic Biology
Works with a collaborative team of academic, staff, and industrial researchers on developing FISSEQ (Fluorescent in situ sequencing) Technology; develops, tests, runs and maintains novel sequencing devices and associated technologies; contributes to the design and development of automation hardware and software for high-throughput, laboratory instrumentation and device networks, as well as the design and development of tools for analysis of genomic data. [38022BR]

Staff Engineer – Microengineering
Responsible for design, development, and implementation of technologies related to organs-on-chip with the ultimate goal of discovering novel therapeutics; responsibilities include engineering design of microfluidic devices and supporting hardware, rapid prototyping, development of system automation, design of characterization and validation procedures and protocols, and implementation across a diverse team of researchers. [38902BR]

Staff Scientist — In Vitro Assays/Therapeutics
Implements and develops organ-on-chip technology to mimic pathophysiology with the ultimate goal of discovering novel therapeutics; responsibilities include design of experimental procedures and protocols, organization and oversight of experiments, and sample preparation/analysis. [38710BR]

Senior Staff Scientist — Synthetic Biology
Develops research lines in FISSEQ, and addresses limitations in the current methods and protocols; primarily responsible for developing FISSEQ in tissue sections and optimization with Proximity Ligation and transgenic mouse models; investigates, modifies and/or develops new protocols, procedures, or techniques to accelerate the completion of research goals. [38486BR]

Staff Electrical Engineer — Robotics
Contributes to the design and construction of various low-power embedded electrical systems, instrumentation and components for wearable robotic applications; reports to the Bioinspired Robotics Platform Lead and works closely with the Platform Faculty; develops functional and technical requirements with an engineering and biomechanics team and interprets these into system specifications and prototypes. [37919BR]

Staff Controls Engineer – Robotics
Develops specifications for various wearable robot embodiments and contributes to the selection design of robotic hardware components (actuation, transmission, sensing, electronics); responsible for the conceptualization, detailed design, development, and testing of control algorithms to ensure that design specifications are met; interfaces with other engineering, science and biomechanics team members to integrate control schemes into functional wearable robotic devices. [38183BR]

Mechanical Engineer – Synthetic Biology
Develops, tests, runs and maintains novel sequencing devices and associated technologies; contributes to the design and development of automation hardware and software for high-throughput, laboratory instrumentation and device networks, as well as the design and development of tools for analysis of genomic data; performs testing, organizes and analyzes data and reports results. [38089BR]

Electrical Technician – Robotics
Supports platform researchers and staff with their electrical projects; designs, prototypes, and debugs customized circuitry for use in platform experiments; performs testing of prototypes and accurately and thoroughly documents experimental observations and protocols. [37948BR]

Staff Systems Engineer – Synthetic Biology
Works with a collaborative team of academic, staff, and industrial researchers on developing FISSEQ (Fluorescent in situ sequencing) Technology; develops, tests, runs and maintain novel sequencing devices and associated technologies. Contributes to the design and development of automation hardware and software for high-throughput, laboratory instrumentation and device networks, as well as the design and development of tools for analysis of genomic data. [38022BR]

Staff Electrical Engineer — Robotics
Develops functional and technical requirements with an engineering and biomechanics team and interprets these into system specifications and prototypes; creates custom circuit designs and PCB layouts in collaboration with other project team members and interfaces with outside vendors to fabricate necessary components; possesses and utilizes in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of electrical systems related to low-power circuits, motor driver design, and motor control. [37919BR]

Staff Mechanical Engineer — Robotics
Develops design specifications for actuation and transmission components for various wearable robot embodiments and responsible for the conceptualization, detailed design, fabrication, and testing of these components to ensure that design specifications are met; develops designs of cable-driven transmissions for wearable robots and responsible for the optimization of commercial components, fabrication and testing of novel components to ensure that design specifications are met. [37916BR]

Research Support Positions

Microdevice Research Assistant III (Microdevice Design Technician)
Fabricates microfluidic devices and sensor systems, performs research, and collaborates with Institute faculty, staff, fellow and students in the area of microdevice design, microfabrication, and sensor and diagnostics development; carries out experiments, organizes and analyzes data and reports experimental results; contributes to internal reports, patent applications, Institute presentations, and Institute publications. [38961BR]

Laboratory Support Assistant
Responds to the laboratory- and facility-related requests of platform leaders, researchers, and other staff members at the Wyss Institute as needed; main duties include servicing/maintaining/cleaning scientific instruments and equipment, performing simple repairs on them, setting up new equipment, tracking orders, supporting the stocking of supplies and chemicals for Wyss Institute labs and facilities, and assisting with lab organization and cleanup efforts. [38897BR]

Research Assistant III — Bone Marrow Research
Contributes to research projects involving the integration of hematopoiesis with the organs-on-chip platform; responsible for the isolation of cells derived from human bone marrow and cord blood and their ex-vivo culture within microfluidic organ-on-chip devices; participates in the development and validation of various in-vitro assays to characterize the hematopoietic cells, such as fluorescent imaging, qPCR, ELISA, and western blot analysis. [38899BR]

Research Assistant III — Skin Research
Contributes to research projects involving the skin tissue engineering integration with the organs-on-chip platform; responsible for optimization and culture of tissue engineered skin constructs and culturing microfluidic organ-on-chip devices; participates in the development and validation of various in-vitro cell based assays involving drug testing and endpoints involving TEER, TEWL, imaging, cytokine analyses and qPCR. [38900BR]

3D Printer Technician
Works directly with Wyss Institute staff, researchers, and faculty to support the processing of print requests, production of printed parts, inventories of print materials, and the maintenance of associated 3D printers; assists researchers with simple evaluations of 3D printer files and conducts any necessary training to users of 3D printers. [38903BR]

Research Assistant III – Protein Analytics and Characteristics
Develops and carries out assays to test the function and biophysical characteristics of our engineered proteins; takes part in a wide variety of additional experimental techniques, including molecular biology, protein expression, protein characterization and phage display; presents work at weekly meetings and helps write appropriate scientific articles and patent applications. [38802BR]

Research Assistant II
Works with post-doctoral fellows and staff scientists to design and execute organ on chip experiments dealing with in vitro models of gut, small airway, bone marrow, or skin; tasks include cell line maintenance, culture of primary cells, as well as endpoint analyses involving cellular staining and imaging, westerns, ELISA, and qPCR; involved in analysis of data and presenting their data to the internal group. [38317BR]

Electromechanical Research Assistant IV (Electromechanical Technician) — Bioinspired Robotics
Supports platform researchers with experimental designs, setups and testing; designs and prototypes customized circuitry for use in platform experiments, designs and prototypes customized mechanical and optical systems for platform experiments; performs testing of prototypes and accurately and thoroughly documents experimental observations and protocols. [37746BR]

Research Assistant IV – Immuno-Assay Development
Conducts independent experiments that involve multiple components; develops protocols and designs experiments; trains and oversees students; monitors and ensures compliance with standard operating procedures related to clinical trial materials and analytical testing; processes, organizes, summarizes and analyzes data and reports results with a variety of tools; trains and collaborates with Harvard and non-Harvard researchers. [38088BR]

Administration and Operations Positions

Coordinator I (Faculty Assistant)
Supports one Junior Faculty Member and provides administrative support to other members of the Institute staff; performs a wide range of administrative duties including managing a calendar, scheduling conference rooms, providing audiovisual support and catering and coordinating travel arrangements; participates in grants planning, proposal development and interacts closely with Wyss Sponsored Programs, Academic Affairs and Procurement Teams. [39045BR]

IT Support Associate I
Troubleshoots research computer related problems in person, by email, and by phone for the Wyss Institute along with other Harvard Schools and Wyss collaborating institutions; computer hardware and software installations and upgrades; applies basic networking knowledge; researches new technologies related to both hardware and software to best streamline collaboration with area universities and hospitals. [38796BR]

Senior Sponsored Research Officer
Administers pre- and post-award aspects of a complex portfolio for interdisciplinary faculty; sponsors include, but are not limited to: DARPA, DOD, ARPA-E, DOE, NSF, NIH, Industry, DOT, FDA and private funders; pre-award responsibilities include identifying and disseminating relevant funding opportunities, proposal and budget development; post-award duties include authorizing and approving expenditures, preparing/reviewing monthly, quarterly and annual sponsor/internal financial reports, and forecasting financial scenarios. [38754BR]

SharePoint Administrator/Developer
Supports & maintains existing custom SharePoint web solutions as well as independently extend SharePoint out-of-the-box capabilities by developing custom tools, interfaces, and applications using JavaScript, jQuery, Angular, CSS, and HTML (.NET experience is not required but a plus); participates in the collection of user requirements and solution design; supports site collection administration, solution testing, quality assurance, and user support functions for SharePoint sites and custom tools. [38808BR]

Biosafety Officer
Manages a comprehensive biosafety program for the Institute and provides technical guidance to laboratory, administrative and management personnel; responsible for the overall growth of a dynamic, integrative biosafety and biosecurity program covering diverse technical areas, such as synthetic biology, microbiology and emerging high risk technologies. [38597BR]

Software Engineer – Synthetic Biology
Develops, tests, runs and maintains software for novel sequencing devices and associated technologies; contributes to the design and integration of our image processing pipeline with the cloud services API developed by IARPA; this ‘Big Data’ project requires working with terabytes of images, and creating software interfaces for Scientists to efficiently explore and analyze the resulting data. [38090BR]

Laboratory Manager — Robotics
Manages, creates and administers lab systems, practices, policies, and procedures; ensures good lab organization for equipment, tools, work spaces and projects; monitors, tracks and guides progress of research and overseeing adherence to time frames and costs; advises and makes recommendations to PI on lab matters; defines requirements of research projects and ensures adequate resources; conducts collaborative research and initiates and executes individual original laboratory research. [37918BR]

Academic Positions

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
We welcome student and postdoc applications at all times. While the Wyss Institute is not an academic department, nor does it have a core educational component, we have created a unique interdisciplinary research environment. Undergraduates, graduate students, fellows, and young clinicians work at the Wyss Institute sites and are mentored by Core and Associate Faculty, and by members of the Advanced Technology Team. The interdisciplinary nature of the work, the organization of teams within Collaboratories, and the presence of outstanding faculty and staff, provide a truly trans-disciplinary environment, where students are trained in the emerging field of Biologically Inspired Engineering.

Wyss Technology Development Fellows
The Institute seeks to discover, recruit, encourage and retain individuals of outstanding talent and technical skills to help advance the Institute's Enabling Technology Platforms as Wyss Technology Development Fellows. The Fellowships are intended for brilliant young women and men of great promise with outstanding technical expertise who have completed their doctoral degree within the last five years.

Wyss Clinical Fellows
The Institute seeks to encourage and support outstanding young clinicians with background and interest in engineering or technology development who can help create new transformational bioinspired technologies, to solve unmet medical needs. The Clinical Fellowship is intended for clinical residents who have completed the third year of their clinical residency at one of our medical collaborating institutions and who seek to spend one or two years conducting research targeted towards medical applications.

Visiting Scholars
The Institute will provide support to a limited number of visiting scientists, engineers, designers or industrial experts from other institutions to carry out research and development at the Institute for limited periods of time. Visiting scholars require Wyss Faculty nomination.

Undergraduate Students
If you are an undergraduate student at Harvard and have interest in doing research at the Wyss Institute during the academic year, please contact an Institute faculty member directly. Wyss-funded summer research positions for undergraduates from any university to work at the Wyss will be advertised through the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science's REU program

 

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