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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.

    Learn more about Harvard University benefits.

    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

  • Business Development Associate
    Business Development and Technology Translation

    We are seeking a talented individual to join our community as a Business Development Associate. Reporting to the Business Development Director, the successful candidate will provide high- level support for the Institute’s fast-paced business development activities by supporting startup formation, licensing, and alliance management activities. [52556BR]

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  • Research Assistant III – Tumor Microenvironment Modeling
    Research and Technology Development

    As part of the Bioinspired Therapeutics & Diagnostics platform, we are currently seeking a Research Assistant that will significantly contribute to a research program funded by Cancer Research United Kingdom (CRUK) involving the use of microfluidic cell based in vitro models to study the role of epithelial-mesenchymal interactions in the development and progression of esophageal cancer. [52634BR]

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  • Senior Staff Scientist – Advanced Technology Team
    Research and Technology Development

    We are looking for an innovative data scientist with significant expertise in developing and applying machine learning approaches to problems in biology and medicine for a leadership position in our Predictive Bioanalytics Initiative. Reporting to the Technology Translation Director, you will lead the Institute’s predictive bioanalytics initiative and collaborate with Institute faculty and staff in high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. [52975BR]

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Academic Positions

  • Synthetic Biology Intern
    Postdoctoral Fellows and Associates

    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, visit: http://wyss.harvard.edu/.

    Role Description: The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented student intern to work in the Synthetic Biology and the Living Cellular Devices platforms. Reporting to the Senior Staff Scientist, you will work within a multidisciplinary team, supporting the discovery of lipids as food ingredients and biodegradable plastics for packaging. The project uses the chemolithotroph Cupriavidus necator and sugar as well as gas fermentation. You can expect rigorous training, exposure to multiple disciplines and in-depth learning about bioproduction, which will prepare you for a career in academia or biotech industries. This internship is for 20 hours per week.

    In this role you will:

    • Design, prepare and conduct fermentation runs
    • Analyze, interpret and present experimental data
    • Perform offline analyses and extract and purify products
    • Handle media preparation, microbial culturing, OD and media component measurements
    • Maintain the lab and manage inventory of supplies
    • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.
    • Other related duties as assigned

    What you’ll Need:

    • Senior undergraduate level biology/biochemistry
    • Some experience with bacteria would be advantageous.
    • Able to work with minimal supervision
    • Detail oriented
    • Interest in solving problems
    • Proficient written and oral communication skills
    • Organized work style
    • Microsoft Office Computer skills required

    Where You Can Apply:

    Applications should be sent to faculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu using the subject line “Synthetic Biology Intern Position.”

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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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  • Development of Biomimetic Microsystems Aimed at Modeling Gastrointestinal Disorders
    Postdoctoral Fellows and Associates

    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; 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 intestinal cell biology and physiology and/or surface barrier (mucosal) inflammation 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 gastrointestinal disorders. Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. or M.D. and have a proven record of high quality publications in intestinal cell biology and/or inflammation. Strong interest in contributing to multidisciplinary teams (engineers, biologists/physiologists, clinicians) is critical for this position. Expertise in in vitro culture of intestinal cells, as well as knowledge of basic molecular and cell biology concepts and techniques is a must. Experience with stem cell culture/differentiation would be beneficial but not necessary.

    The ideal candidate would bring expertise in gastrointestinal cell biology, physiology, and pathophysiology, with an interest in applying this expertise in combination with modern bioengineering practices. 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 drug discovery applications.

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

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  • 3D Bioprinting of Functional Kidney Tissues – Postdoc in Lewis Research Group
    Postdoctoral Fellows and Associates

    If you are an engineer interested in biology research, or a biologist looking for engineering applications, then we think you’ll be a great fit for our lab! We are seeking creative candidates to join our Kidney team. 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.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    Led by Jennifer Lewis and with technical guidance from the 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. Successful postdocs are expected to participate in writing research proposals, reports, patent applications, presentations, and publications, providing critical data, figures or information for grant and patent submissions.

    Qualifications:

    Required:

    • 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 (one or more of the following):

    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.

    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 Scott Slimmer at slimmer@g.harvard.edu using the subject line “Lewis Lab Postdoctoral Fellow 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. Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.

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