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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

  • Laboratory Manager – Robotics
    Research and Technology Development

    Duties & Responsibilities
    The Lab Manager – Robotics is responsible for overseeing the daily research operations of a large dynamic, interdisciplinary robotics laboratory. The Lab Manager – Robotics is responsible for the managing of experimental activities and execution of research projects related to wearable robotic systems in conjunction with the Primary Investigator (PI) and lab members.

    The Lab Manager – Robotics will oversee and carry out the daily operations of the lab including:

    • Manage day-to-day lab operations in such as lab space organization, coordinating planning and project update meetings, sponsor report preparation, proposal preparation, industry engagement and equipment maintenance.
    • Collaborate with lab members on research activities related to wearable robotic systems.
    • Train researchers on equipment usage, lab practices and provide safety oversight for equipment usage.
    • Assist the PI in monitoring, tracking, and guiding progress of research and oversee adherence to time frames and costs.
    • Manage inventory of hardware components, procure equipment and supplies.
    • Assist lab members with the testing of wearable robotic systems including with human subjects.

    Basic Qualifications
    Bachelor’s degree, preferably in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, robotics, or related field. A minimum of 3 years of work experience in a research or a production environment. Advanced education may count toward experience.

    Additional Qualifications
    Experience in wearable robotics is a strong plus. Experience with prototyping electrical and mechanical systems, instrumentation, and system integration. Experience with code development and working with revision control systems such as GIT and SVN is a plus. Excellent organizational and problem solving skills. Must be able to work independently as well as oversee a team of researchers in conjunction with PI (Supervisory experience preferred). Knowledge or engineering documentation and laboratory procedures. [45989BR]

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  • Biostasis Project Manager
    Research and Technology Development

    We are seeking a Program Manager for a DARPA-funded program. The Program Manager will work with a diverse team of computational scientists, bioinformaticians, biologists, and engineers to develop novel classes of interventions that will reversibly induce stasis of biological processes and damage response in cellular, tissue, and whole organism. The Program Manager will serve as the administrative point of contact, oversee execution of milestones and deliverables, and facilitate documentation and reporting. The position offers a dynamic work environment with opportunity for creative scientific problem solving in a collaborative team setting with a focus on commercial applications of developed technologies. [47269BR]

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  • Lead Senior Staff Scientist – Synthetic Biology
    Research and Technology Development

    The Wyss Institute seeks a synthetic biology Lead Senior Staff Scientist. The Lead Senior Staff Scientist will take a leadership role in developing industrial relationships and outreach to generate feedback that will guide the research and development efforts. The candidate will participate in the development of strategic plans for Wyss Institute research programs and work directly with Institute faculty and researchers in their efforts to develop novel technologies in reading, writing and editing nucleic acids and proteins. This Lead Senior Staff Scientist will also direct the translation of these technologies into new and exciting applications such as medical and environmental. [47293BR]

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Academic Positions

  • Systems Discovery
    Postdoctoral Fellow Research

    The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Systems 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 machine learning to join a team of computational and systems biologists working on the discovery of novel synthetic gene circuits, predict their behavior, and propose modifications to existing gene circuitries to perform defined functions.

    Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. in statistics, computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering, bioinformatics, computational biology, or related field of study, and have a proven record of high quality publications in the fields of systems biology, machine learning, or bioinformatics. This individual will bring in tools and concepts from machine learning into the discovery of novel synthetic gene circuits, predict their behavior, and propose modifications to existing gene circuitries to perform defined functions. S/he will be familiar with deep learning, artificial intelligence, latent space modeling, Bayesian modeling, as well as more traditional machine learning techniques, while showcasing an innate creativity and ability to consistently think outside of the box. A solid understanding of ordinary differential equation modeling is a plus and expertise in MATLAB and/or R, Python or other scripting language is a must. 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 “SYSTEMS DISCOVERY POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW APPLICATION.”

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

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  • In Vitro Modeling of the Cervico-Vaginal Epithelium for Understanding the Role of Microbiome in Vaginal Health
    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 female reproductive biology and physiology to join an interdisciplinary team of biologists and engineers for the development of novel in vitro “organ-on-chip” microsystems technologies to study and model vaginal and cervical epithelium in vitro and explore the role of the microbiome in maintaining vaginal health. Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. or M.D. and have a proven record of high quality publications in female reproductive biology, inflammation, and/or ecosystems. Strong interest in contributing to multidisciplinary teams (engineers, biologists/physiologists, clinicians) is critical for this position. Expertise in in vitro culture of primary epithelial cells, as well as knowledge of basic molecular and cell biology concepts and techniques is a must. Experience with stem cell culture/differentiation and microbiology would be beneficial but not necessary.

    The ideal candidate would bring expertise in female reproductive cell biology, physiology, and pathophysiology, with an interest in applying this expertise in combination with modern bioengineering practices towards the development of novel therapeutics to promote vaginal homeostasis. This postdoctoral fellow is expected to develop and lead an interdisciplinary research project aimed at creating microengineered “organ-on-chip” models, simulating human diseases and exploring their use in vaginal health.

    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 “VAGINAL HEALTH 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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  • Systems Discovery Biostasis
    Postdoctoral Fellow Research

    We seek outstanding postdoctoral applicants with expertise in machine learning and/or computational biology to join a team of computational and systems biologists led by Dr. James Collins and Dr. Diogo Camacho, in efforts to explore the biological mechanisms leading to organismal stasis.

    Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. in statistics, computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering, bioinformatics, computational biology, or related field of study, and have a proven record of high-quality publications in the fields of systems biology, machine learning, or bioinformatics. This individual will be proficient in the analyses of transcriptomics data (microarray, RNA-seq, single-cell seq), proteomics, and metabolomics data. Additionally, this individual will have a good understanding of state-of-the-art analytical techniques from diverse fields including, but limited to, statistical learning and metabolic modeling. During this project, this individual will be responsible for critical analyses of multi-omics data, while exploring the development of algorithms for identification of mechanisms associated with biostasis. Expertise in MATLAB and/or R, Python or other scripting language is a must. S/he will participate in writing research proposals and reports to funding agencies, providing critical data, figures or information for grant and patent submissions; will write and collaborate with faculty and other researchers on manuscripts, abstracts, and other publications of research findings; will interact regularly with Core and Associate Institute faculty and Institute staff; will present research results at Wyss internal and external meetings. S/he will train others on research methodology as well as the tools and approaches used to perform the research and collect, analyze, and present the data to the research team and collaborators.

    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 “SYSTEMS DISCOVERY BIOSTASIS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW APPLICATION”.

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

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