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Come join our Wyss community! We are bringing together world-class talent from different backgrounds, disciplines, industries and institutions in an open collaborative culture that empowers people to share their viewpoints and challenge their thinking to create novel solutions that change the world.

  • Our Work

    At the Wyss Institute, we leverage recent insights into how Nature builds, controls and manufactures to develop new engineering innovations. By emulating biological principles, we are developing disruptive technology solutions for healthcare, energy, architecture, robotics, and manufacturing, which are translated into commercial products and therapies through formation of new startups and corporate alliances.

    Our work revolves around eight core Focus Areas rooted in diverse fields. Learn more about our work and our model of technology translation.

    Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University
  • Our Benefits

    • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical, dental & vision plans. All coverage begins as of your start date.
    • Time Off: 3-4 weeks vacation, 12 sick days, 11.5 holidays, winter recess, and 3 paid personal days per year.
    • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
    • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
    • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
    • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

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    We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Staff Positions

  • Technology Translation Director
    Administration and Operations

    Duties & Responsibilities
    The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University was formed based on the recognition that breakthrough discoveries cannot change the world if they never leave the lab. The Institute’s mission is to discover the biological principles that Nature uses to build living things and to harness these insights to create biologically inspired engineering innovations to advance human health and create a more sustainable world.

    Since its launch in 2009, the Institute has developed a new model for innovation, collaboration, and technology translation within academia, breaking ‘silos’ to enable collaborations that cross-institutional and disciplinary barriers. Institute faculty and staff engage in high-risk research that leads to transformative breakthroughs. The biological principles uncovered are harnessed to develop new engineering solutions for medicine and healthcare, as well as non-medical areas, such as energy, architecture, robotics, and manufacturing.

    The Institute’s technologies are translated into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators, corporate alliances, and the formation of new start-ups. This translation pipeline is driven by a unique internal business development team, including entrepreneurs-in-residence who bring domain-specific expertise, that works closely with academic faculty, students and fellows, as well as with the Institute’s Advanced Technology Team (ATT), a group of expert technical staff who have extensive prior industrial experience in product development, project and team management. The ATT members help build and lead integrated technology development teams focused on high-value applications and they catalyze communications and interactions across the Wyss Institute to ensure that the institute members remain at the leading edge of technology translation.

    Reporting to the Wyss Institute’s Director, the Technology Translation Director will be responsible for the management of all business development and translation efforts, as well as the management of the Institute’s research and development activities. More specifically:

    • Managing all Institute business development and technology commercialization activities, in close collaboration with Harvard University’s Office of Technology Development (OTD).
    • Integrating technology development and business development activities at the Institute by working with the Institute Director to align staff, faculty, and collaborators around the Institute’s mission and goals.
    • Working collaboratively with the Institute’s Director and Administrative Director and the Institute’s Board of Directors to develop the Institute’s long-term strategy.
    • Working with Institute Core and Associate faculty across all Institute collaborating institutions to implement and manage all research and development efforts at the Institute.
    • Overseeing day-to-day research operations, including supervision of the ATT members and other technical staff and development and mentorship across numerous functional and technical areas.
    • Developing and maintaining valuable close working relationships with corporate partners and potential investors.
    • Supporting the Institute Director in philanthropic fundraising efforts that include individual, corporate, and foundation donors. [46352BR]

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  • Staff Scientist – Organ Chip-Enabled Therapeutic Discovery
    Research and Technology Development

    The Wyss Institute seeks a talented, enthusiastic and experienced individual to work as an Advanced Technology Team Staff Scientist on the Bioinspired Therapeutics and Diagnostics platform. The successful candidate will be responsible for application of human Organ Chip technology to mimic pathophysiology and develop novel therapeutics. Responsibilities include design of experimental procedures and protocols; management of interdisciplinary research teams; organization and oversight of experiments, and sample preparation/analysis. The successful candidate for this position will be capable of performing research and training team members (including technicians, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows) in the use, design and implementation of in vitro studies, as well as key endpoint analyses. This will require a strong background in vitro cell based assays, requiring hands-on experience with primary cell culture, molecular and biochemical techniques, and discovery tools, such as CRISPR, phage display, or other molecular engineering approaches, in a research and development environment. The candidate will also work in collaborative efforts with other researchers and Faculty at the Institute across disciplines, Harvard University, and collaborating institutions. The chosen candidate for this position will contribute to the preparation of grants, protocols, presentations, and technical reports, and be a key point of contact with collaborators as well as funding institutions. [46591BR]

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  • Functional Apparel Designer
    Research and Technology Development

    Reporting to the Director of Operations and working closely with the Platform Faculty, Staff, and Researchers, the Apparel Designer will take functional and technical requirements from an engineering and biomechanics team and interpret these into a broad range of prototyped garments; develops an understanding of the functional requirements of various wearable robot embodiments through discussions with engineers, scientists, biomechanists, and clinicians; provides design input, textile selection, pattern making, and iterative soft goods fabrication for wearable technical garments including components such as performance textiles, embedded sensors, actuators, batteries, and integrated wiring. [45745BR]

    Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Academic Positions

  • Cognitive Screening Postdoctoral Fellow
    Postdoctoral Fellow Research

    The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Bioinspired Therapeutics & Discovery platform. The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things; to pursue the high-risk research that is fundamental to advance this effort; and to harness these insights to create biologically-inspired materials and devices to advance human health and improve the environment – thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and creating a more sustainable world.

    We seek outstanding postdoctoral applicants with expertise in neuroscience or cognitive and behavioral sciences or to join an interdisciplinary team of biologists and engineers for the development of novel technologies to screen for and explore cognitive and motor functions in Xenopus frog larvae models of Rett Syndrome and other human neurological diseases and to develop therapeutic interventions. Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. or M.D. and have a proven record of high quality publications in neuroscience, neurodevelopment, behavior and cognitive function analysis, and/or bioengineering fields. Strong interest in contributing to multidisciplinary teams (engineers, biologists/physiologists, clinicians) with a translational focus is critical for this position. Expertise in analyzing complex datasets as well as knowledge of basic neuroscience concepts and techniques is a must. Experience with animal studies and therapeutic development would be beneficial but not necessary.

    Applications, assembled as single PDF files, should contain a complete resume, cover letter describing research interests and goals, full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, as well as the names and contact information of three references (expected to provide letters of recommendation). Applications should be sent to faculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu using the subject line “COGNITIVE SCREENING APPLICATION.”
    Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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  • Rapid manufacturing of regenerative heart valves
    Postdoctoral Fellow Research

    Background: Prof. Kevin Kit Parker’s Disease Biophysics Group at the Harvard University Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering seeks a talented post-doctoral fellow to work on the rapid manufacturing of regenerative heart valves, or JetValves. The candidate will use the proprietary rotary jet spinning technologies developed in the Parker lab to design, build, and test heart valve replacements using natural and synthetic polymeric nanofibers. The goal of this translational project – which is part of an international collaboration with the University of Zurich in Switzerland – is to complete the preclinical characterization of JetValves in preparation for a first-in-man clinical trial.

    Duties and Responsibilities: Working together with a team of engineers, chemists, and applied mechanicians, the candidate will be responsible for nanofiber production and valve manufacturing, quality assessment, and structural and functional validation in-vitro. This includes performing standards tests using methodologies such as Instron®, FTIR, SEM, microCT, pulse duplicator testing, and cell infiltration. The candidate is also expected to participate in the in-vivo and post-mortem validation of JetValves implanted in sheep, including analysis of explanted samples via SEM and immunohistochemistry.

    Qualifications: A Ph.D. in cardiovascular tissue engineering or related fields and expertise with in-vitro and/or in-vivo characterization of heart valves or heart valve replacements. A background in Materials Science and proven experience with nanofiber fabrication (e.g., electrospinning) or additive manufacturing methodologies (e.g., 3D printing) will be positively evaluated.

    Application procedure: Interested candidates should submit their application packet to Prof. Kevin Kit Parker (kkparker@g.harvard.edu) and his admin assistant Dr. Ben Smith (bdsmith@g.harvard.edu) as a single pdf file with the following documents: cover letter, CV, 3 relevant first author paper(s), and the names of three referees.

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  • Bio-Inspired Microsystems Engineering
    Postdoctoral Fellow Research

    The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Biomimetic Microsystems Platform. The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things, pursue the high-risk research that is fundamental to advance this effort and to harness these insights to create biologically inspired materials and devices to advance human health and improve the environment — thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and creating a more sustainable world. We seek outstanding applicants for an interdisciplinary post-doctoral position in microfluidics and bioengineering, specifically for the development of Organs-on-Chips biomimetic microsystems.

    Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. with an excellent track record of research in a field related to microtechnology or bioengineering and to have an interest in biological applications. The candidate should be open-minded, creative, energetic and bring strong expertise and experimental background in at least one of the fields of microfluidics, microfabrication, bioengineering or system engineering. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven ability to design and build novel microfluidic microsystems and employ them for cell biological applications. Basic knowledge of molecular cell biology (cell culture, basic molecular biology concepts and techniques) and microscopy techniques is also required. Background in cell biology or physiology would be a plus, but is not required.

    The successful candidate is expected to develop and lead an interdisciplinary research project aimed at creating microengineered human organ-on-chip models to study normal physiology mimic disease and to explore their potential in drug-discovery applications.

    Applications, assembled as single pdf files, should contain a C.V., a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications and copies of up to three relevant scientific papers and names and contact information for at least three writers of letters of recommendation who might be contacted as references. Applications should be sent to faculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu.

    Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

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