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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

    Our Wyss Community Values represent the ideals that we as an Institute hope to embody and foster across all levels of our organization and were decided upon collectively through extensive input from all team members. We excel in embodying some of these values, while others represent our aspirations, illustrating the ideal work culture we aim to achieve and are actively working towards.

    Courage
    We are passionate dreamers, embracing the challenges that come our way.

    Collaboration
    We support each other through open communication across disciplines, platforms, and teams.

    Innovation
    We shape the future by encouraging groundbreaking ideas.

    Impact
    We are on a mission to solve big problems in healthcare and sustainability.

    Diversity
    We’re committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion.

    Respect
    We aim to create an environment where everyone feels safe, heard, and trusted.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    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

  • Assistant Director- Transformational Awards
    Administration and Operations

    We are looking for a talented individual to join our team as Assistant Director of Transformational Awards. Reporting to the Director of Research Administration, you will stay abreast of current funding opportunities, policies and procedures related to more complex funders, including ARPA-H, DARPA, and BARDA. You will provide support to the sponsored team, Faculty, and Advanced Technology Team in preparing these complex proposals, developing detailed cost proposals, and ensuring all supporting documentation is provided. You will also assist with the negotiation process of these awards and manage a small, complex portfolio. [65798BR]

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  • Scientist II- Brain Targeting Program
    Research and Technology Development

    The Wyss Institute’s Brain Targeting Program (BTP), co-led by James Gorman, M.D., Ph.D. and Donald Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., is developing brain delivery technologies that enable development of safer and more effective brain-targeted therapeutics for diverse brain diseases. Our brain delivery platform enables these therapeutic advances by dramatically improving transport of drugs across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) into the brain. We are looking for a talented Scientist to support the discovery and validation of our antibody brain shuttles and to lead the development of our brain shuttle-mediated oligonucleotide platform. Reporting to the Principal Scientist, you will work closely with our team using both in vitro cellular systems and in vivo humanized mouse models to optimize oligonucleotide delivery. [65751BR]

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  • Research Assistant II – Brain Organoid Engineering
    Research and Technology Development

    We are looking for research assistant to join the CircaVent team in Dr. George Church’s laboratory. CircaVent combines computational drug prediction with human brain organoids to identify drugs that could treat the underlying causes of bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions. We are using different organoid models of the brain for screening novel treatments and we hope to gain better insights on alternative treatment strategies for mood disorders.

    Reporting to the Senior Staff Scientist and Director, you will support these studies, learn cutting edge in vitro and stem cell techniques, and contribute to developing new protocols for downstream analysis. This includes adaptation of neural organoid cultures to microelectrode arrays and high content imaging. The ideal candidate is comfortable learning and doing different types of tasks within the same week, has had diverse research experiences, and works well within a team. [65843BR]

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Academic Positions

  • 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/.

    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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  • Visiting Student & Internship Opportunities
    Academic Position

    While the Wyss Institute does not currently have a formal internship program, we encourage you to reach out directly to the faculty members and/or Advanced Technology Team members whose work aligns with your research interests to inquire about the possibility of working with their group as an intern.

    When emailing faculty members and/or Advanced Technology Team members, please make sure to include your CV and your research background.

    You can find contact information for each of our team leads by visiting the Advanced Technology Team page.

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Contact

For Staff Positions
Human Resources
WyssCareers@wyss.harvard.edu

For Academic Positions, Visiting Students & Internships
Academic Affairs
Academic.Affairs@wyss.harvard.edu

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