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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 Values

    As a collaborative organization, we at the Wyss Institute know that great innovation happens when diverse perspectives come together to solve problems. As a result, we are committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness both in and out of the lab. When recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you will bring in terms of education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, religion, disability, and sexual orientation. We believe these differences in background, experience, and perspective enrich our work environment and are essential to our mission of solving complex problems through technology development and translation.

  • 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

  • Scientist II
    Research and Technology Development

    The Wyss Institute is seeking a highly motivated and innovative Scientist with significant expertise in microbiology, genetics, and food/agriculture sustainability applications thereof to help create and be part of a dynamic team dedicated to new applications of synthetic biology toward sustainability and Climate Change, through both an academic and entrepreneurial lens. [59931BR]

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  • Academic Affairs Manager
    Administration and Operations

    We are looking for a talented Manager of Academic Affairs (MAA) to manage all academic appointments and serve as the lead on all visa and immigration-related processes for the Institute. Reporting to the Senior Administrative Officer with a dotted to the Human Resources Director, you will develop innovative solutions to the unique academic appointment and visa-related needs of the Institute. You will collaborate closely with Senior Leadership, Faculty and HR to create a cohesive strategy for academic hires in line with the University guidelines and tailored to meet the evolving needs of the Institute. [59934BR]

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  • Research Assistant III- Diagnostics Accelerator
    Research and Technology Development

    We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic Research Assistant III to join our team in the newly established Wyss Diagnostics Accelerator. You will work with a multidisciplinary team involving several faculty members at the Wyss Institute working on the development of molecular diagnostics. The Wyss Diagnostics Accelerator is involved in several projects developing new technologies for diagnostics and the application of these technologies to several disease areas (infectious diseases, neurology, and others). This position is for someone who is excited about science and enjoys working at the bench. Although you will work within a team and receive significant experimental training, you will also have significant opportunities for scientific independence and managing your own subprojects. For candidates with computational skills and interests, there will also be opportunities for analyzing high-throughput NGS and proteomics data. [59603BR]

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Academic Positions

  • Postdoctoral Fellow – Engineered Cell-Based Therapeutics
    Academic Position

    About the Wyss:

    The mission of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is to transform human healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. Developed as an alliance between Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions, Institute faculty and staff collaborate in high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. A major focus of the Institute is to translate the technologies developed by its faculty and staff into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators and establishment of corporate alliances. For more information, discover our technologiescatch up on our recent news, or watch our latest videos.

    Role Description:

    The laboratory of Dr. George Church at the Wyss Institute at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join our rapidly growing team, interested in engineering immune cells to overcome unmet needs in cell therapy. To this end, we have developed a pipeline leveraging DNA barcoding & next-generation-sequencing to perform in-vivo pooled discovery for complex cellular behaviors such as cellular trafficking.

    We are looking for a passionate, impact-motivated scientist and problem solver who relishes the opportunity to participate in fast-paced, dynamic research. Candidates should be focused on delivering impact through translational science, enjoy working with diverse groups of people, and leverage their expertise to create impactful innovations.

    The Postdoctoral Fellow will have the opportunity to lead projects within the Wyss Institute’s SomaCode team focused on in vivo discovery. Research will be performed in an interdisciplinary manner within the Wyss Institute and with collaborators in the Harvard Medical School community. We are particularly interested in scientists with strong wet lab experience in immune cell engineering, cancer biology, or library design. Working alongside the project leads, you will assist in key research studies involving in-vivo pooled functional genomics of immune cells for applications in the oncology and autoimmune spaces. Additionally, you will be closely involved in the continued development of our in-vivo pooled screening platform and related technologies.

    As a Northpond Labs supported project, the postdoctoral fellow will also have opportunities relating to early-stage innovation and commercialization for which the Church lab has a history of effectively translating novel technology concepts into new biotech startups focused on addressing unmet needs for patients living with debilitating diseases. In addition to professional development opportunities within the lab and exposure to a breadth of scientific disciplines, the Postdoctoral Fellow will be able to take advantage of the scientific communities within Harvard, the Wyss Institute, and the greater Boston area.

     What You’ll Need:

    • Ph.D. or equivalent
    • Specific degree areas include but are not limited to immunology, oncology, synthetic biology, functional genomics, and molecular biology.

    Preferred:

     Preferably, applicants should be able to:

    1. Independently plan, design, and execute on in-vivo experiments relating to our pooled screening platform in human and murine T cells
    2. Design, clone, confirm and implement new libraries, strategies for library generation, and assist in the continued development of our robust screening platform
    3. Help manage and mentor our team of graduate students, research assistants, and undergraduate researchers
    4. Initiate, maintain, and execute on both industry and academic collaborations relating to the application of our platform across diverse cell types and disease spaces
    5. Accurately and thoroughly document experimental observations and protocols and help maintain a high level of organizational efficiency within the lab
    6. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness in the workplace through actions & communications with others
    7. Prior experience with primary human/murine immune cell isolation, culture, and modification is advantageous, but not required
    8. Prior experience with in-vivo murine work is desired
    9. Familiarity with python, R or similar programming language is advantageous, but not required
    10. Highly effective organizational and communication skills are essential

    Benefits and Perks:

    • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical, dental, & vision plans. All coverage begins as of your start date.
    • Time Off: 20 days of vacation per year
    • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, classes 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.

    Where You Can Apply:

     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 “ENGINEERED CELL-BASED THERAPEUTICS APPLICATION.”

    Working Conditions

    Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

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    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. Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.

     

     

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  • Postdoctoral Fellow – 3D Bioprinting of Functional Kidney Tissues
    Academic Position

    About the Wyss:

    The mission of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is to transform human healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. Developed as an alliance between Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions, Institute faculty and staff collaborate in high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. A major focus of the Institute is to translate the technologies developed by its faculty and staff into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators and establishment of corporate alliances. For more information, discover our technologiescatch up on our recent news, or watch our latest videos.

    Role Description:

    Postdoctoral Fellow – 3D Bioprinting of Functional Kidney Tissues

    The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented Postdoctoral Fellow who is an engineer interested in biology research, or a biologist looking for engineering applications to join our Kidney team. Led by Jennifer Lewis and with technical guidance from the multidisciplinary bioprinting research team, you will work to complete independent and team research projects involving 3D bioprinting using stem-cell derived human kidney organoids. The work will focus on building from organ-on-chip platforms to more functional organ-level tissues. Projects in our lab typically span multiple disciplines, so we welcome applicants from many backgrounds. Successful applicants typically have some level of hands-on experience designing and fabricating devices or have strong background in relevant biological assays.

    In This Role You Will:

    • Complete independent and team research projects involving 3D bioprinting using stem-cell derived human kidney organoids
    • Focus on building from organ-on-chip platforms to more functional organ-level tissues
    • Participate in writing research proposals, reports, patent applications, presentations, and publications, providing critical data, figures or information for grant and patent submissions

    What You’ll Need:

    • Ph.D. in biology, microbiology, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or a related discipline.
    • Must demonstrate broad theoretical and practical knowledge within the fields of mechanical engineering, tissue engineering, or cell biology.
    • Strong scientific track record demonstrating well-organized design and execution of studies.
    • Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative team environment.
    • Strong work ethic, communication skills and team-player oriented personality.

    Preferred:

    We are looking for a candidate with strong expertise in a few of the following areas, and a willingness to learn new skills outside of your current discipline to accomplish project goals. It would be terrific if you have experience in all of them, but this is not necessary, we can teach you what you don’t know.

    • Strong understanding of cell biology, physiology, and/or tissue engineering.
    • Cell culture experience.
    • Experience with in vitro analytical techniques to assess the cell viability of tissue constructs.
    • Experience with microfluidics.
    • Experience working with induced pluripotent stem cells.
    • 3D printing experience.
    • Experience with flow cytometry, ELISAs, PCR, or confocal microscopy.
    • Experience with vascularizing tissue.
    • Experience with animal implantation experiments.

    Benefits and Perks:

    • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical, dental, & vision plans. All coverage begins as of your start date.
    • Time Off: 20 days of vacation per year plus Harvard Holidays
    • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, classes 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.

    Where You Can Apply:

    Please assemble your application as a single PDF file, this 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 Jennifer Lewis at jalewis@seas.harvard.edu and Scott Slimmer at slimmer@g.harvard.edu using the subject line “Lewis Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Application.”

    Working Conditions

    Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

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    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. Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.

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  • Intern – Target Discovery Visiting Graduate Researcher
    Academic Position

    About the Wyss:

    The mission of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is to transform human healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. Developed as an alliance between Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions, Institute faculty and staff collaborate in high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. A major focus of the Institute is to translate the technologies developed by its faculty and staff into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators and establishment of corporate alliances. For more information, discover our technologiescatch up on our recent news, or watch our latest videos.

    Role Description:

    The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for Visiting Graduate Researcher position in the Brain Targeting Program (BTP). The position will focus on the discovery of new gene and protein targets to carry therapeutic and diagnostic payloads into the brain.

    The Wyss Institute’s BTP, co-led by Donald Ingber, M.D., Ph.D. and James Gorman, M.D., Ph.D., is pursuing multiple projects directed to improved methods of transport across the blood brain barrier (BBB) into the brain, with the aim of improving treatments for diverse diseases of the central nervous system. The BTP uses a discovery platform that leverages in vitro models of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) to  study the transport of molecules across the human BBB into the central nervous system. One of its core projects is a target-discovery effort directed at identifying proteins that are highly expressed on the BBB endothelial cell surface and are present at higher levels (“enriched”) in the BBB compared to other organs. These proteins will be evaluated for their potential to transport therapeutics across the BBB. The Wyss team is collaborating with several biopharmaceutical companies and other academic institutions to advance the brain transport target discovery program.

    Applicants should have knowledge of the brain, understand basic cell biology, and be able to perform cell culture experiments. The candidate will have one primary mentor and will receive rigorous training, exposure to multiple disciplines, and in-depth learning about the BBB and target discovery, preparing them to pursue academic or biopharmaceutical careers.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Investigate and interpret scientific literature to identify and classify potential targets
    • Analyze transcriptomic and proteomic datasets to evaluate genes/proteins based on various metrics (e.g., abundance, enrichment, literature rating)
    • Design and execute experiments to validate novel targets using BBB cell culture models to test BBB transport of antibody panels and labelled receptor ligands
    • Summarize, present, and share key findings with an interdisciplinary, scientific team in a cogent, organized manner
    • Collaborate with other researchers and post-doctoral fellows to address and solve new challenges and unanticipated problems as they arise
    • Work as independently as possible, in a detail-oriented, self-driven manner
    • Some of the literature and data analysis may be performed virtually during part of the internship.

    We are currently seeking two interns to participate in the brain transport target discovery program. The position is unpaid. The applicant must either receive academic credit and be able to fund their own travel and living expenses for the internship, or have secured an external source of fellowship support if there is no academic credit being granted for the internship.

    What you’ll need:

    • Applicants must hold a BSc and/or MSc degree in the field of Biology, Neuroscience, Bioengineering, or a closely related discipline. PhD holders are not eligible for this position.
    • Scientific, Practical, and Interpersonal Skills:
      • Soft Skills: communication, adaptability, independent thinking, efficiency, self-drive
      • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel),
      • Scientific Skills: design and implementation of scientific protocols, analysis of scientific literature and datasets, knowledge of proteins / genes / neurodegenerative disorders

    Preferred:

    • Experience with transcriptomics or proteomics
    • Experience with cell culture

    Where You Can Apply:

    Applications, assembled as a single PDF file, should contain a complete resume and a cover letter describing research interests, goals, and why you would be a good fit for this program. Applications should be sent to faculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu using the subject line “Intern – Target Discovery Visiting Graduate Researcher”.

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    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. Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.

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