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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

  • Senior Director of Strategic Communications
    Administration and Operations

    We are looking for an innovative leader with a comprehensive understanding of communication channels, strategic brand management, and engagement metrics. You will work with the Executive Leadership and your team of skilled communicators to develop the Wyss Institute’s communications and branding strategies around our mission, success stories, organizational culture, and commercialization strategies. [54575BR]

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  • Lead Staff Scientist: Biomaterials & Process Development
    Research and Technology Development

    Job Summary:

    The Wyss Institute is seeking an innovative scientific leader with significant expertise in chemistry, materials or process development, and general regulatory and GMP requirements to lead a dynamic team dedicated to the discovery, development, and translation of novel therapies for the treatment of disease.

    About You:

    You are a collaborative, impact-focused problem solver who wants to lead a dynamic team dedicated to creating and commercializing novel approaches to global challenges in healthcare and sustainability. You want the freedom to explore, to push the boundaries of what is possible, to use your ambition to tackle challenging projects in a fast-paced, industry-focused environment without a lot of administrative hurdles.

    As an entrepreneurially-minded individual with an outgoing personality, you will combine your background in chemistry or chemical biology, process development and manufacturing with new technology development and important applications in healthcare. You will excel in an opportunity to enable and foster wide ranging scientific collaborations with some of the world’s leading scientists, engineers, students, and fellows. You enjoy working with diverse groups of people and leveraging your own expertise to create innovations that can change the world.

    About Us:

    The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is not a typical research organization as our goal is near-term impact. Our mission is to transform healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds, and getting our innovations out of the lab and into the real world, fast. At the Wyss Institute, faculty from premier academic and clinical institutions collaborate with staff scientists and engineers, postdocs, graduate students, industry experts, business development leaders, and entrepreneurs across disciplines to produce new technologies that don’t just succeed at making it to the market – they disrupt it. We support research that universities, companies, and VC firms don’t fund because they claim it’s too risky. We prefer to use the word “challenging,” and we love challenges.

    About the Role:

    We are looking for an innovative leader with comprehensive understanding of process development toward pre-clinical and clinical studies and with analytical methods to monitor material quality.

    Reporting to the Technology Translation Director, you will work in the design, synthesis, and characterization of a range of materials, including hydrogels, biopolymers, and nanoparticles, but with a primary focus on controlled, triggered or sustained delivery of drugs or biologics. You will manage, develop and inspire a team of junior scientists and research assistants. As a member of the Advanced Technology Team, you will be exposed to many different technologies in areas ranging from therapeutics and diagnostics to synthetic biology and materials science, with the goal of identifying new product solutions and the unique opportunity to follow your passion either at the Institute or as a future co-founder of a Wyss start-up.

    What you’ll do:

    • Lead the biomaterials platform in evaluating new materials including delivery technologies and developing manufacturing processes to support animal and clinical studies
    • Collaborate with faculty and staff to establish new projects and initiatives that will lead to product development opportunities within -material based immunotherapies
    • Generate the scientific vision and write research proposals and reports to funding agencies, providing critical data, figures or information for grant and patent submissions
    • Write and collaborate with faculty and other researchers on manuscripts, abstracts and other publications of research findings
    • Identify new external collaboration opportunities with the business development team and manager complex partnership efforts with technical depth and effective leadership
    • Manage, mentor and train others on research methodology
    • Present research results at Wyss internal and external meetings
    • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others

    What you’ll need:

    • Advanced degree in chemistry, chemical biology, chemical engineering or material science.
    • A minimum of 12 years of experience in process development, material manufacturing and characterization in support of pre-clinical or clinical studies; A PhD may count towards years of experience.

    Desirable Skills:

    • Ph.D. is strongly preferred.
    • Full -time post graduate product development oriented experience in either industry or academic setting is preferred.
    • Some experience with general regulatory and GMP requirements for material preparation in support of pre-clinical toxicology or clinical studies, and IND filings is required.
    • Demonstrated success in leading and working in cross-functional teams. Excellent documentation, analytical, communication, and inter-personal skills.
    • Comfortable in a fast-paced translational environment and able to adjust scientific approach based upon changing priorities.
    • Ability to seek out collaborations and manage and mentor others.

    Why you’ll like working with us:

    At the Wyss Institute, you’re a member of a supportive, dynamic community that is united by its shared goal of changing the world through groundbreaking technology development and commercialization. We encourage your professional growth and development through mentorship and tuition reimbursement to support continued learning, and more. We also support your physical, financial, and mental well-being through generous time off benefits, gym reimbursements, and other programs offered through Harvard. We value an inclusive and diverse workforce, and believe that our differences enrich the work environment for all.

    Our outstanding benefits package includes:

    • Time Off: 3 – 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
    • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
    • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings 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, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
    • Facilities access and Discounts: Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

    Where you can apply:

    Applications, assembled as single PDF files, should contain a complete resume. Applications should be sent to WyssCareers@wyss.harvard.edu.

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Academic Positions

  • Postdoctoral Fellow – Molecular Robotics Postdoctoral Fellowship for DNA Nanoswitch Calipers
    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, discover our technologiescatch up on our recent news, or watch our latest videos.

    Role Description:

    The William Shih Laboratory, which explores design principles for self-assembling molecular machines, invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Wyss Molecular Robotics Initiative. We seek outstanding postdoctoral applicants with expertise in biomolecular engineering or science to work with Institute faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research staff to develop an approach that will leverage high-resolution, high-throughput force spectroscopy with reconfigurable DNA nanodevices in order to enable single-macromolecule identification and structure determination.

    What You’ll Need:

    • Ph.D. with an excellent track record of research involving design and characterization of biomolecules.

    Preferred:

    • Proficiency with microscopy and image analysis, and/or force spectroscopy, is a plus.
    • The candidate should be open-minded, creative, energetic, and critical thinking.

    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 “DNA Nanoswitch Calipers.”

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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 – Development of Biomimetic Microsystems Aimed at Modeling Gastrointestinal Disorders
    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, discover our technologiescatch up on our recent news, or watch our latest videos.

    Role Description:

    Postdoctoral Fellow – Development of Biomimetic Microsystems Aimed at Modeling Gastrointestinal Disorders

    The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks 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.

    What You’ll Need:

    • Ph.D. or M.D.
    • 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

    Preferred:

    • 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.

    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 “GASTROINTESTINAL APPLICATION.”

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  • Postdoctoral Fellow – 3D Bioprinting of Functional Kidney Tissues
    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, 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.”

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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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