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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.

    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

  • ATT – Staff Software/Operations Engineer
    Business Development and Technology Translation

    Works closely with researchers, including faculty, staff scientists, engineers, post-docs and graduate students, to author and adapt in-house software libraries, existing life science software and machine learning tools to create pipelines that support our research and advance the state of the art in experimental design; areas of focus include protein design, gene synthesis, genome editing and next-gen sequencing. [42875BR]

    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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  • Laboratory Manager – Robotics
    Administration and Operations

    Independently oversees and carries out the daily research operations of the lab; responsibilities include managing, creating and administering lab systems, practices, policies, and procedures; ensures good lab organization for equipment, tools, work spaces and projects; monitors, tracks and guides progress of research and oversees adherence to time frames and costs. [40569BR]

    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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  • Faculty Assistant I
    Administration and Operations

    Supports the administrative aspects of a dynamic, interdisciplinary laboratory; responsibilities include providing daily support to PI and researchers regarding administrative matters; planning and overseeing events related to collaborative projects; assisting with the writing of administrative components of proposals; setting agenda for laboratory meetings; managing PI calendar.

    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

  • Swarm Robotics and Collective Behavior
    Postdoctoral Fellow Research

    The Designing Emergence Laboratory at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Bioinspired Robotics 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 applicants for an interdisciplinary postdoctoral position in bioinspired robotics and collective intelligence.

    Our group is interested in understanding and designing complex systems of many independent agents, from both scientific and engineering perspectives.  Areas of interest include developing new algorithms and hardware for swarm robotic systems, as well as studies of social insects and other natural systems exhibiting notable collective behavior.  Applicants from theoretical as well as applied backgrounds are welcome.

    Applications, assembled as single PDF files, should contain a cover letter describing background and research interests, a full CV with list of publications, and names and contact information for at least three writers of letters of recommendation who might be contacted as references.  Applications should be emailed as a link or attachment to justin.werfel@wyss.harvard.edu using the subject line “POSTDOC APPLICATION.”  The position is open until filled.

    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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  • Bio-Inspired Engineering
    Postdoctoral Fellow Research

    The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a number of postdoctoral fellow positions. 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.

    A Ph.D. in a related field is required as is a background in synthetic biology, living materials or biological control. Candidates are specifically sought for the following enabling technology platforms: Adaptive Materials Technologies; Anticipatory Medical and Cellular Devices; Biomaterials Evolution; Biomimetic Microsystems; Programmable Nanomaterials and Bioinspired Robotics. For more specific information, please visit our website at http://www.wyss.harvard.edu.

    Applications, assembled as single pdf files, should contain a C.V., a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications, 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 postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu.

    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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  • Development of Biomimetic Microsystems Aimed at Modeling Gastrointestinal Disorders
    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; 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.

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Senior Recruitment Consultant
Rosanna Kelleher
rosanna.kelleher@wyss.harvard.edu
+1 617-432-1638

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