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In Vitro Modeling of the Cervico-Vaginal Epithelium for Understanding the Role of Microbiome in Vaginal Health

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Bioinspired Therapeutics & Discovery 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 female reproductive biology and physiology 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 vaginal and cervical epithelium in vitro and explore the role of the microbiome in maintaining vaginal health. Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. or M.D. and have a proven record of high quality publications in female reproductive biology, inflammation, and/or ecosystems. Strong interest in contributing to multidisciplinary teams (engineers, biologists/physiologists, clinicians) is critical for this position. Expertise in in vitro culture of primary epithelial cells, as well as knowledge of basic molecular and cell biology concepts and techniques is a must. Experience with stem cell culture/differentiation and microbiology would be beneficial but not necessary.

The ideal candidate would bring expertise in female reproductive cell biology, physiology, and pathophysiology, with an interest in applying this expertise in combination with modern bioengineering practices towards the development of novel therapeutics to promote vaginal homeostasis. 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 vaginal health.

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 “VAGINAL HEALTH 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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