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Positions at the Wyss

Featured Position: Senior Staff Scientist -- Cell Based Therapeutics

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The Wyss Institute seeks a talented, enthusiastic, and experienced individual to help oversee a large program focused on use of human organ-on-chip microfluidic devices for discovery of new drugs, biologics and cellular therapeutics.

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The Wyss Institute currently has openings in the following areas:

Advanced Technology Team Positions

Senior Staff Scientist -- Cell Based Therapeutics Discovery
Helps to oversee a large program focused on use of human organ-on-chip microfluidic devices for discovery of new drugs, biologics and cellular therapeutics. [33171BR]

Staff Software Interface Engineer
Develops user interfaces and accompanying wireless communication protocols for the control of soft wearable robotic systems through mobile devices. [32620BR]

Staff Scientist -- 3D Bioprinting
Contributes to the design, development and fabrication of various tissue constructs and medical devices using 3D printing, prepares demonstration prototypes, internal reports and patent applications. [32167BR]

Staff Engineer -- Electrical
Creates custom circuit designs and PCB layouts, optimizes electrical components to improve performance, tests electrical system performance on bench top models and during lab-based and field-based human subject testing experiments. [32452BR]

Staff Electromechanical Engineer
Assists in the development of design specifications for actuation and transmission components for various wearable robot embodiments; creates technical drawings and representations of conceptual and detailed designs so that they can be shared with team members and outside vendors; tests systems on bench top models and during lab-based and field-based human subject experiments; collects and documents feedback; contributes in the preparation of demonstration prototypes and internal reports, patent applications and presentations. [33423BR]

Research Scientist -- Clinical Biomechanics
Provides clinical expertise to evaluate soft wearable robotic systems from the biomechanics and physiological perspective, contributes to development and execution of gait analysis protocols, provides ongoing input on system performance based on clinical experience and knowledge of human healthy and pathological walking. [32756BR]

Staff Engineer -- Software
Works with the educational robotics team and UX designers to plan system architecture and implementation details for iOS apps that interface with hardware; develop the front-end iOS-based system for controlling and interfacing with educational robots; identify critical components and potential roadblocks in the software development process and propose solutions. [33249BR]

Research Scientist -- Biomimetic Microsystems
Leads a team on Hematology and direct biocompatibility testing of Dialysis Like Therapeutic system components both in vitro and in vivo; manages relationships with external companies and determines system requirements, biocompatibility testing, in vivo models, and deliverables; consults with veterinary surgeons at the animal facility to generate effective and safe procedure strategies to achieve experimental goals for all protocols; maintains IACUC and IBC active status with annual reports and amendments. [33702BR]

Research Support Positions

Microdevice Design Research Assistant IV (Microdevice Design Technician)
Fabricates microfluidic devices, performs research, and collaborates with Institute faculty, staff, fellows, and students in the area of microdevice design and microfabrication. Brings strong expertise and experimental background in at least one of the fields of microfluidics, microfabrication, or systems engineering. Contributes to patent applications, Institute presentations, and publications. [33282BR]

Research Assistant IV -- Cell Culture Technician
Works on the Biomimetics Microsystems platform to isolate living cells from whole organs and human tissue samples, maintains primary cells and establishes cell lines in culture in a variety of engineered Microsystem technologies with the primary focus on the lung-on-a-chip. Reviews literature relating to project activities and develops thorough understanding of organ system physiology while keeping up to date on the latest developments in the literature. [33429BR]

Research Assistant IV -- Motion Capture Lab
Supports the administrative and research functioning of the Wyss Motion Capture Lab and the human subject studies conducted in the lab. Contributes to research studies focused on biologically-inspired medical and assistive devices, such as sensory enhancement technology, designed for clinical and athletic applications. [33353BR]

Research Assistant IV -- Materials Characterization
Measures physical and chemical characteristics of materials; develops and updates standard operating procedures; trains users on equipment and instrumentation; assists in studies involving a number of state-of-the-art processes and applications in chemistry. [32817BR]

Research Assistant III -- DNA Biotechnology Development (PCR, in situ hybridization, microarrays)
Works on the Programmable Nanomaterials platform to assist Wyss faculty and researchers in translating proof-of-principle biotechnology results from the laboratory to prototypes for commercially viable products. Participates in the development of strategic plans for commercialization, including helping draft patent applications and present results to potential industrial partners. [33352BR]

Research Assistant II -- Tissue Culture (Tissue Culture Technician)
Works with researchers to design and execute laboratory experiments, specifically cell culture experiments, including cell line maintenance, culture of primary cells and related assays. Enforces proper tissue culture facilities operating protocols. [33261BR]

Research Assistant I -- Tissue Culture (Tissue Culture Technician)
Works on the organs-on-chips team maintaining tissue culture facilities, general shared stocks, and ensuring facilities are kept clean and to environmental health and safety standards. [32742BR]

Administration and Operations Positions

Business Systems Analyst
Gathers and prioritizes product and customer requirements, works closely with IT and the business owner to meet project goals; performs and executes all phases of the Software Development Lifecycle including requirements definition, solution design, quality assurance, and ongoing production support. [33654BR]

Science Writer
Writes press releases, feature stories, and content for the Institute's website; works collaboratively with the Institute Communications team, faculty, and staff to report on the Institute's translational efforts. [32510BR]

Business Development Lead
Helps create solid business plans based on market need, potential impact and Institute competencies for Wyss portfolio technologies. Maintains an extensive professional network and leverages the Institute's expertise, resources and networks to enhance the Institute's translational efforts in multiple technology areas and domains. [33395BR]

Staff Assistant III
Processes packing slips and reimbursements, places catering orders, schedules conference rooms, arranges travel and conference registrations, maintains confidential documentation and information, greets and directs visitors. [33571BR]

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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