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  • Digital Content Coordinator
    Administration and Operations

    Duties & Responsibilities
    The Digital Content Coordinator is responsible for posting news and other content across Wyss Institute social media, website and email platforms. More specifically, the successful candidate will develop and post social media content according to a content calendar focused on institute goals, update the Wyss Institute website with news stories and other content, prepare and send news and other emails to internal and external audiences, monitor analytics across all digital channels and perform additional duties as assigned.

    A successful candidate will be able to work in thriving and dynamic place, while collaborating with other various teams that the Wyss Institute while catering content for specific internal and external audiences and uphold the Wyss voice and brand. The position offers the opportunity for the individual to be creative and innovative in how digital content is delivered.

    Basic Qualifications
    Three or more years of digital content, social media, website administration or related experience. Education may count toward years of experience.

    Additional Qualifications

    • Outstanding oral and written interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to effectively interact and develop relationships within a growing and vibrant community
    • Highly creative and able to work independently and collaboratively
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Able to take initiative and learn new skills
    • Knowledge of basic HTML coding and WordPress CMS
    • Knowledge of SEO and Google Analytics
    • Experience with photography, video editing, and graphic design is a plus

    [46297BR]

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  • Director of Technology Commercialization
    Business Development and Technology Translation

    Reporting to the Senior Associate Provost and Chief Technology Development Officer, this position will be a key senior member of the OTD team supporting the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University (Wyss) in its efforts to translate cutting edge bio-inspired engineering innovations into commercial outcomes. This position will drive a cross-functional team approach to transforming business development opportunities into licensing and industry collaboration deals (with startups and larger companies) for technology developed at the Wyss, a dynamic, complex, mission-driven, multi-stakeholder organization. This position will work closely with the Wyss Technology Translation Director and the Wyss internal business development team members, as well as senior associate directors of OTD’s Wyss-focused intellectual property and transactions teams. Responsibilities will include: structuring licensing (including startup) and industrial partnerships to maximize strategic and scientific value; developing, negotiating, and finalizing all terms (including financial terms); obtaining input from and communicating status of negotiations with key stakeholders in a timely manner; ensuring compliance with Harvard policy and public mission; and overseeing due diligence. [45839BR]

    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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  • Functional Apparel Designer
    Research and Technology Development

    Reporting to the Director of Operations and working closely with the Platform Faculty, Staff, and Researchers, the Apparel Designer will take functional and technical requirements from an engineering and biomechanics team and interpret these into a broad range of prototyped garments; develops an understanding of the functional requirements of various wearable robot embodiments through discussions with engineers, scientists, biomechanists, and clinicians; provides design input, textile selection, pattern making, and iterative soft goods fabrication for wearable technical garments including components such as performance textiles, embedded sensors, actuators, batteries, and integrated wiring. [45745BR]

    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
    Research and Technology Development

    Duties & Responsibilities
    The Lab Manager – Robotics is responsible for overseeing the daily research operations of a large dynamic, interdisciplinary robotics laboratory. The Lab Manager – Robotics is responsible for the managing of experimental activities and execution of research projects related to wearable robotic systems in conjunction with the Primary Investigator (PI) and lab members.

    The Lab Manager – Robotics will oversee and carry out the daily operations of the lab including:

    • Manage day-to-day lab operations in such as lab space organization, coordinating planning and project update meetings, sponsor report preparation, proposal preparation, industry engagement and equipment maintenance.
    • Collaborate with lab members on research activities related to wearable robotic systems.
    • Train researchers on equipment usage, lab practices and provide safety oversight for equipment usage.
    • Assist the PI in monitoring, tracking, and guiding progress of research and oversee adherence to time frames and costs.
    • Manage inventory of hardware components, procure equipment and supplies.
    • Assist lab members with the testing of wearable robotic systems including with human subjects.

    Basic Qualifications
    Bachelor’s degree, preferably in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, robotics, or related field. A minimum of 3 years of work experience in a research or a production environment. Advanced education may count toward experience.

    Additional Qualifications
    Experience in wearable robotics is a strong plus. Experience with prototyping electrical and mechanical systems, instrumentation, and system integration. Experience with code development and working with revision control systems such as GIT and SVN is a plus. Excellent organizational and problem solving skills. Must be able to work independently as well as oversee a team of researchers in conjunction with PI (Supervisory experience preferred). Knowledge or engineering documentation and laboratory procedures. [45989BR]

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  • Research Assistant II – Cell Culture
    Research and Technology Development

    Reporting to the Lab Manager in the Lewis Research Group and with technical guidance from the bioprinting research team, the Cell Technician will work to complete all cell culture, microscopy, and associated microbiology tasks and protocols in the Lewis Lab; organizes and coordinates cell culturing techniques and related lab tasks among Lewis Lab members; carries out microbiology experiments in collaboration with Lewis Lab members, including any necessary microscopy and cell assay analyses. [45555BR]

    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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  • Research Assistant III – Animal Care
    Research and Technology Development

    Reporting to the Staff Veterinarian at the Wyss Institute, the Research Assistant III will work on research projects involving vaccine research, inoculations, and post-operative care as directed. He/she 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; performing and documenting experimental observations in rodent species. The successful candidate will execute rodent models of infection and perform data analysis; provide technical support for the development of new animal models and experimental procedures; assist in preparation of Protocol Applications to IACUC; follow standard operating procedures and maintain records to comply with regulatory requirements; maintain accurate records and documentation; assist to manage the laboratory space by maintaining necessary supplies and equipment and interfacing with veterinary staff and research scientists; participate in additional research and development activities as determined by Wyss Institute technical staff and researchers. [46569BR]

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  • Research Assistant III – Microfluidic cell based assays and drug testing
    Research and Technology Development

    Significantly contributes to research projects involving mammalian cell culture on the organs-on-chip platform; responsible for the optimization and execution of microfluidic organ on chip culture and the development and validation of various in-vitro cell based assays, as well as gene and protein endpoints, such as imaging, qPCR, ELISA, and westerns; expected to work independently under the supervision of staff and faculty to design experiments, learn new skills, troubleshoot, and to contribute intellectually to the project. [45462BR]

    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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  • Research Assistant III – Immuno-Assay Development
    Research and Technology Development

    [45710BR] The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented and enthusiastic individual to work as a Research Assistant III in the Immuno-Materials and Programmable Nanomaterials platform. This person will assist Wyss faculty and researchers in translating proof-of-principle experiments with major focus in immunology endpoints, from the laboratory to prototypes for commercially viable products. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, medical implants, drug delivery, immunotherapy of cancer and infectious diseases, delivery of DNA constructs and other biomaterials in vivoto understand mechanism(s) of action of such novel products. The candidate will have many opportunities to plan, perform, develop, as well as transfer immune cell based assays as appropriate, while characterizing biomaterial-based human therapeutics.

    The successful candidate will participate in the academic community and researchers with industrial background, helping to define and create the technology and culture at Wyss. In addition to laboratory work, he/she will be provided opportunities to participate in the development of strategic plans for commercialization, including helping draft patent applications and present results to potential industrial partners. Collaboration with other Wyss personnel to achieve objectives and enhance service quality is expected.

    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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  • Staff Scientist – Organ Chip-Enabled Therapeutic Discovery
    Research and Technology Development

    The Wyss Institute seeks a talented, enthusiastic and experienced individual to work as an Advanced Technology Team Staff Scientist on the Bioinspired Therapeutics and Diagnostics platform. The successful candidate will be responsible for application of human Organ Chip technology to mimic pathophysiology and develop novel therapeutics. Responsibilities include design of experimental procedures and protocols; management of interdisciplinary research teams; organization and oversight of experiments, and sample preparation/analysis. The successful candidate for this position will be capable of performing research and training team members (including technicians, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows) in the use, design and implementation of in vitro studies, as well as key endpoint analyses. This will require a strong background in vitro cell based assays, requiring hands-on experience with primary cell culture, molecular and biochemical techniques, and discovery tools, such as CRISPR, phage display, or other molecular engineering approaches, in a research and development environment. The candidate will also work in collaborative efforts with other researchers and Faculty at the Institute across disciplines, Harvard University, and collaborating institutions. The chosen candidate for this position will contribute to the preparation of grants, protocols, presentations, and technical reports, and be a key point of contact with collaborators as well as funding institutions. [46591BR]

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  • Technology Translation Director
    Administration and Operations

    Duties & Responsibilities
    The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University was formed based on the recognition that breakthrough discoveries cannot change the world if they never leave the lab. The Institute’s mission is to discover the biological principles that Nature uses to build living things and to harness these insights to create biologically inspired engineering innovations to advance human health and create a more sustainable world.

    Since its launch in 2009, the Institute has developed a new model for innovation, collaboration, and technology translation within academia, breaking ‘silos’ to enable collaborations that cross-institutional and disciplinary barriers. Institute faculty and staff engage in high-risk research that leads to transformative breakthroughs. The biological principles uncovered are harnessed to develop new engineering solutions for medicine and healthcare, as well as non-medical areas, such as energy, architecture, robotics, and manufacturing.

    The Institute’s technologies are translated into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators, corporate alliances, and the formation of new start-ups. This translation pipeline is driven by a unique internal business development team, including entrepreneurs-in-residence who bring domain-specific expertise, that works closely with academic faculty, students and fellows, as well as with the Institute’s Advanced Technology Team (ATT), a group of expert technical staff who have extensive prior industrial experience in product development, project and team management. The ATT members help build and lead integrated technology development teams focused on high-value applications and they catalyze communications and interactions across the Wyss Institute to ensure that the institute members remain at the leading edge of technology translation.

    Reporting to the Wyss Institute’s Director, the Technology Translation Director will be responsible for the management of all business development and translation efforts, as well as the management of the Institute’s research and development activities. More specifically:

    • Managing all Institute business development and technology commercialization activities, in close collaboration with Harvard University’s Office of Technology Development (OTD).
    • Integrating technology development and business development activities at the Institute by working with the Institute Director to align staff, faculty, and collaborators around the Institute’s mission and goals.
    • Working collaboratively with the Institute’s Director and Administrative Director and the Institute’s Board of Directors to develop the Institute’s long-term strategy.
    • Working with Institute Core and Associate faculty across all Institute collaborating institutions to implement and manage all research and development efforts at the Institute.
    • Overseeing day-to-day research operations, including supervision of the ATT members and other technical staff and development and mentorship across numerous functional and technical areas.
    • Developing and maintaining valuable close working relationships with corporate partners and potential investors.
    • Supporting the Institute Director in philanthropic fundraising efforts that include individual, corporate, and foundation donors. [46352BR]

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