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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

  • Financial Administrator
    Administration and Operations

    We are looking for a Financial Administrator with experience in financial operations and analysis to join our Finance Team. Reporting to our two Senior Financial and Planning Analysts, you will independently perform daily financial administration activities including financial planning, analysis and budget preparation for the Institute. In addition, this role will be responsible for some procurement functions including providing expertise and troubleshooting for procurement-related inquiries and quality control activities. [60221BR]

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  • Senior Scientist – Biomaterials & Process Development
    Research and Technology Development

    We are looking for an innovative scientist/bioengineer who will work in the design, synthesis, and characterization of a range of materials, including hydrogels, biopolymers, and nanoparticles with a primary focus on controlled, pulsed, or sustained delivery of small molecules or biologics. Reporting to the Platform Director, you will be exposed to many different technologies in areas ranging from therapeutics and diagnostics to synthetic biology and materials science. Your goal will be to identify new product solutions and you may have the unique opportunity to follow your passion either at the Institute or as a future co-founder of a Wyss start-up. [60387BR]

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  • Research Assistant III – Animal Care
    Research and Technology Development

    We are looking for a motivated Research Assistant III to contribute to a multidisciplinary portfolio of research projects involving procedures of health monitoring, injections, blood sampling, survival surgery, post-operative care, and behavioral studies. Reporting to the Staff Veterinarian in coordination with Principal Scientist on the Synthetic Biology Platform at the Wyss Institute, you will be responsible for overseeing study animals, daily rounds, and observations to check animal health status; adherence to protocols and techniques at the animal facility; and performing and documenting experimental observations in rodent species. [60282BR]

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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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