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Featured Position: Research Project Coordinator




Manages the workflow of projects, coordinates sponsor progress reports and communications for a complex portfolio of research funds, oversees tracking of laboratory expenses, sets agenda for laboratory meetings, prepares manuscript submissions and coordinates new hire process for laboratory.

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The Wyss Institute currently has openings in the following areas:

Advanced Technology Team Positions

Research Scientist – Synthetic Biology
Works with a collaborative team of academic, staff, and industrial researchers on developing biological applications that utilize next-generation DNA synthesis technologies; develops screens and genetic selections to enable high-throughput testing of highly diverse synthetic DNA libraries; investigates, modifies, and develops new protocols, procedures, or techniques to accelerate the completion of research goals; mentors and supervises the efforts of students and fellows; participates in writing research proposals and reports to funding agencies. [36755BR]

Engineering Lead – Wearable Robotics
Works closely with the Institute's Bioinspired Robotics Platform Faculty, Advanced Technology Team and other research staff to develop functional and technical requirements with an engineering and biomechanics team on wearable robotics projects such as the soft exosuit and soft glove; selects strategic directions for wearable robotics technologies based on a thorough understanding of the industry landscape and market needs provided by the business development team; implements project management practices; leads proposal preparation for grant and collaboration opportunities. [36432BR]

Staff Engineer – Wearable Robotics
Contributes to the design, development and evaluation of wearable robotic systems for a variety of applications; evaluates wearable robotic systems on bench top models and during lab-based and field-based human subjects testing experiments; optimizes electro mechanical design concepts to improve performance for weight, durability, efficiency and robustness; collects and documents feedback; contributes in the preparation of demonstration prototypes, internal reports, patent applications and presentations. [36431BR]

Staff Electromechanical Engineer – Actuators and Transmission Systems
Develops design specifications for actuation and transmission components for various wearable robot embodiments, creates technical drawings/sketches and representations of conceptual and detailed designs, optimizes electromechanical design concepts, conducts lab research, collects and documents feedback. [34597BR]

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 Support Positions

Research Assistant II – Tissue Culture Technician
Works with researchers to design and execute laboratory experiments, specifically cell culture experiences, including cell line maintenance, culture of primary cells and related assays; maintains tissue culture facilities including equipment such as hoods, incubators and water baths, orders all supplies, maintains general shared stocks, ensures facilities are kept clean and to environmental health and safety standards. [35731BR]

Administration and Operations Positions

Business Development Lead
Works with Institute Faculty and researchers to assess and prioritize the Institute's technology portfolio in the areas of synthetic gene circuits, synthetic biological diagnostic and therapeutic devices; engages with key decision makers, thought leaders, government program managers in funding agencies and potential commercial collaborators; gathers customer feedback for technology areas of interest to better inform business and technology development decisions; identifies licensing and/or startup company opportunities for Institute technologies; manages intellectual property relevant to cellular engineering and devices. [36457BR]

Laboratory Manager
Manages, creates and administers lab systems, practices, policies, and procedures; ensures good lab organization; manages the workflow of projects on behalf of PIs; defines requirements of research projects and ensures adequate resources; manages lab supply inventory, lab space, facilities and purchasing as needed; conducts collaborative research and initiatives; executes individual original laboratory research by performing robotics design, fabrication, assembly, testing, control and optimization techniques. [36756BR]

Senior Research Officer
Administers pre- and post-award aspects of a complex portfolio for interdisciplinary faculty whose funding sources range from DARPA, ARPA-E, FDA, NSF, DoD, DOE, NIH, ONR and other federal and private sources; identifies and disseminates relevant funding opportunities; works as a liaison with the Office of Sponsored Programs as well as the Office of Technology Development on industry sponsored research agreements; flags potential conflicts; authorizes and approves expenditures; prepares financial reports; forecasts financial scenarios. [36503BR]

Systems Administrator
Identifies IT service improvement opportunities; assesses complex technical problems; provides advanced technical advice and support; manages an internal database for IT asset inventory; creates and maintains comprehensive documentation as it relates to server, equipment, and application configuration; provides architectural design for systems, software integration and equipment topology, including building servers and troubleshooting systems and environmental issues as needed. [36049BR]

Research Project Coordinator
Provides day-to-day guidance to PI and researchers on administrative matters; manages workflow of projects on behalf of PI; coordinates sponsor progress reports and communications for a complex portfolio of research funds; oversees tracking of laboratory expenses; sets agenda for laboratory meetings; manages PI calendar; prepares manuscript submissions; coordinates new hire process for laboratory. [35419BR]

Staff Assistant III
Arranges travel and conference registrations; schedules meetings and interviews; assists with various events; processes packing slips and reimbursements; places catering orders; orders supplies; greets and directs visitors and staff; provides additional administrative support as needed. [35817BR]

Staff Assistant III
Provides reception desk coverage; schedules interviews and meetings; orders supplies; processes packing slips; schedules conference rooms; supports Institute events; keeps track of transactions related to equipment fabrications; runs inventory and other equipment reports; provides additional administrative support as needed. [35815BR]

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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