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The Wyss Institute currently has openings in the following areas:

Advanced Technology Team Positions

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; interface 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]

Senior Staff Scientist – Synthetic Biology
Works with a collaborative team of academic, staff, and industrial researchers on FISSEQ (Fluorescent in situ sequencing) Technology; manages the Wyss component of the IARPA Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) contract, including administration and supervising a large team of Scientists, Postdocs, Engineers, and Technicians; coordinates with IARPA, collaborators, and partners; develops FISSEQ technology to address limitations in the current methods and protocols. [38091BR]

Research Scientist – Synthetic Biology
Works with a collaborative team of academic, staff, and industrial researchers on FISSEQ (Fluorescent in situ sequencing) Technology; develops FISSEQ technology to address limitations in the current methods and protocols; develops FISSEQ in tissue sections and optimization with Proximity Ligation for the transgenic mouse model. [38092BR]

Research Scientist – Synthetic Biology
Works with a collaborative team of academic, staff, and industrial researchers on FISSEQ (Fluorescent in situ sequencing) Technology; develops FISSEQ in tissue sections and optimization with Proximity Ligation and transgenic mouse models; develops and validates experimental protocols; organizes and assists in collaborative efforts. [38094BR]

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 Scientist – Protein Chemistry
Works closely with Institute faculty, postdoctoral fellows and research staff and contributes to the development of new approach that will leverage high-resolution, high-throughput force spectroscopy with reconfigurable DNA nanodevices in order to enable single-macromolecule identification and structure determination. [38033BR]

Staff Scientist – Molecular Biophysics
Works as a Staff Scientist within the Institute’s Molecular Robotics Initiative; works closely with Institute faculty, postdoctoral fellows and research staff and contributes to the development of new approach that will leverage high-resolution, high-throughput force spectroscopy with reconfigurable DNA nanodevices in order to enable single-macromolecule identification and structure determination. [38034BR]

Staff Scientist – Molecular Biophysics
Works closely with Institute faculty, postdoctoral fellows and research staff and contributes to the development of new approach that will leverage high-resolution, high-throughput force spectroscopy with reconfigurable DNA nanodevices in order to enable single-macromolecule identification and structure determination. [38035BR]

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]

Pattern Maker | Apparel Assistant
Works directly with designers on 1st patterns, patterns for prototyping, editing/adjusting patterns, grading patterns for production, and creating patterns from sewn samples; creates techpacks, interfaces with leading Sports Apparel Company and helps with sourcing and sample construction; responsible for documenting pattern and fit changes throughout the design process. [37739BR]

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]

Functional Apparel Designer
Develops an understanding of the functional requirements of various wearable robot embodiments through discussions with engineers, scientists, biomechanists and clinicians; utilizes an in-depth knowledge of technical textiles: knits, wovens and nonwovens and the appropriate methods of prototyping and sewing to produce durable garments capable of withstanding heavy use; communicates apparel concepts by draping, hand drafting, digitizing, technical sketching and prototyping; manages a library of all materials and fabrication techniques appropriate for wearable robotics. [37474BR]

Research Support Positions

Research Assistant I – Process Development/Fabrication
Fabricates material and supplies to support technology development, optimizing and conducting product characterization; implements process improvements; reads and writes technical reports and specifications, and maintains appropriate records; initiates and generates ideas based on literature and research. [38071BR]

Research Assistant III – Synthetic Biology
Prepares samples for FISSEQ and cryostat slicing and mounting mouse brain tissue; works with a Postdoc to develop FISSEQ in tissue sections and optimization with Proximity Ligation and transgenic mouse models; develops and validates experimental protocols; organizes and assists in collaborative efforts; writes and assists with peer-reviewed publications, patent applications, and grant proposals. [37967BR]

Research Assistant III – Synthetic Biology
Prepares samples for FISSEQ and cryostat slicing and mounting mouse brain tissue; works with a Postdoc to develop FISSEQ in tissue sections and optimization with Proximity Ligation and transgenic mouse models; develops and validates experimental protocols; organizes and assists in collaborative efforts; writes and assists with peer-reviewed publications, patent applications, and grant proposals. [37967BR]

Research Assistant III – Synthetic Biology
Prepares samples for FISSEQ and runs a state-of-the art sequencing instrument; works with a Postdoc to develop FISSEQ in tissue sections and optimization with Proximity Ligation and transgenic mouse models; develops and validates experimental protocols; organizes and assists in collaborative efforts; writes and assists with peer-reviewed publications, patent applications, and grant proposals. [37968BR]

Research Assistant III – High Throughput Screening
Responsible for the optimization and evaluation of microfluidic culture of Xenopus embryos in the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria, as well as the development and validation of assays involving imaging of FRET-based voltage sensor probes; collaborates heavily with our internal microfluidic engineering team and our academic collaborator to develop a novel system to screen different infection conditions and small molecules to evaluate bioelectric activity involvement in host resilience. [37808BR]

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

Research Assistant III — Biology/Hematology
Works with multidisciplinary team on developing a number of state-of-the-art processes to improve the hemocompatiblity of medical device materials and to separate pathogens from infected blood; performs experiments with blood to determine hemocompatibility of the materials and separation of pathogens both in vitro and in vivo, immunoassays (ELISAs), microscopy, histology, flow cytometry and molecular biology as well as assay development; in vivo studies involve evaluating the biocompatibility and efficacy of materials in Swine. [37670BR]

Research Assistant III - Protein Engineering
Contributes to project involving the design, expression, purification and testing of proteins that improve on our current pathogen capturing technology; take part in a wide variety of additional experimental techniques, including molecular biology, protein expression, protein characterization, phage display and assay development. [37170BR]

Translation and Business Development

Entrepreneur In Residence — Immune Engineering
Guides translation strategy and technical development in the area of immune engineering; helps create solid business plans based on market need, potential impact and Institute competencies for Wyss portfolio technologies; leverages the Institute’s expertise and resources to enhance the Institute’s translational efforts in developing protein-based therapeutics, diagnostics and clinical biomarker platforms in the infectious disease area. [37776BR]

Administration and Operations Positions

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 initiaties and executes individual original laboratory research. [37918BR]

Senior Sponsored Research Officer
As a manager of sponsored projects, administers pre-and post-award aspects of a complex portfolio for interdisciplinary faculty; identifies and disseminates relevant funding opportunities; proposal and budget development; liases with the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Office of Technology Development (OTD) on industry sponsored research agreements; authorizes and approves expenditures, prepares/reviews monthly, quarterly and annual sponsor/internal financial reports; forecasts financial scenarios. [37765BR]

Business Systems Analyst
Responsible for reporting and database maintenance of existing and future information systems used by the Wyss Institute administrative teams; works with the Institute's administrative teams to maintain existing and develop new financial reports / automated solutions that represent sustainable reporting solutions using; Excel/Microsoft Query; Hyperion/Brio; Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE); or SharePoint. [37510BR]

Senior Compliance Officer
Leads the development and implementation of the Institute’s compliance for conflict of interest, export controls and provides contract guidance on behalf of the Institute. This is a new position resulting from the ongoing transition to a 501(c)3 organization at Harvard and it offers the unique opportunity to create and lead the compliance infrastructure and to establish policies and procedures for our fast-paced and innovative organization. [37379BR]

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.