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The Wyss Institute currently has openings in the following areas:

Advanced Technology Team Positions

Staff Scientist — In Vitro Assays/Therapeutics
Responsible for implementation and development of organ-on-chip technology to mimic pathophysiology with the ultimate goal of discovering novel therapeutics; design of experimental procedures and protocols, organization and oversight of experiments, and sample preparation/analysis. Performs research and trains team members (including Research Associates, Graduate Students, and Post-Doctoral Fellows) in in vitro studies, as well as key endpoint analyses. [39484BR]

Senior Staff Scientist — Synthetic Biology
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; develops new commercially valuable technology in the field of synthetic biology. [39314BR]

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]

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 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]

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]

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]

Research Support Positions

Research Scientist - Synthetic Biology
Works with a collaborative team of academic, staff, and industrial researchers on developing FISSEQ (Fluorescent in situ sequencing); develops FISSEQ technology to address limitations in the current methods and protocols. [39988BR]

Microengineering Research Assistant III
Contributes to the design and development of novel high-throughput biological culture and analysis systems; works with a collaborative team of academic, and industrial engineers and biologists on designing, prototyping, and scaling up cutting-edge technology for interacting with and analyzing biological culture systems in real-time. [39522BR]

Research Assistant II — Process Development/Fabrication
Responsible for: fabricating material and supplies to support technology development, optimizing and conducting product characterization; implement process improvements; reading and writing technical reports and specifications, and maintaining appropriate records; initiating and generating ideas based on literature and research. [39274BR]

Research Assistant III — Microfluidic Cell Based Assays/Drug Testing
Contributes to research projects involving mammalian cell culture on the organs-on-chip platform; responsible for the optimization and execution of microfluidic organ on chip culture and the development and validation of various in-vitro cell based assays, as well as gene and protein endpoints, such as imaging, qPCR, ELISA, and westerns. [39280BR]

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]

Administration and Operations Positions

Staff Assistant III
Provides daily reception desk coverage by greeting and directing all visitors and staff in a fast paced and dynamic research environment; schedules interviews and meetings, orders supplies, processes packing slips, places catering orders, schedule conference rooms, and supports the Administrative Services Team as well as Institute events. [39913BR]

HR Manager
Contributes to the Institute's business strategy by helping leadership to identify, prioritize, and build organizational and workforce capabilities; manages and resolves complex employee relations issues; provides appropriate and effective advice and coaching to employees and managers as needed; assists department leaders and managers to provide employees with development opportunities. [39963BR]

Recruiter II
Manages recruiting needs for the Wyss Institute from job development through hire; works with hiring managers to develop job descriptions and position description questionnaires; works closely with the HR service delivery team and consults with administrators and/or hiring managers to understand recruitment needs and guide departmental staff through the hiring process. [39484BR]

Associate Director, Facilities and Planning
Responsible for the Institute’s facilities planning, including the management of the capital planning process; oversees the management of the Institute facilities, including maintenance and housekeeping; develops, analyzes and recommends cost efficient and effective utilization of space for short and long range space planning and forecasting; develops and maintains facility standards; assists in planning and management of the Institute’s construction and renovation projects; prepares and manages budgets for all facilities operations and projects within the Institute; ensure all Institute facilities are well-maintained, clean, and safe. [39827BR]

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]

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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