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Postdoctoral Fellow – Development of Gene Therapy Platform Technologies

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 Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks outstanding postdoctoral applicants with expertise in molecular biology and nucleic acid delivery to join an interdisciplinary team of biologists and engineers for the development of novel gene therapy platform technologies.

What You’ll Need:

  • Ph.D. or M.D.
  • Proven record of high-quality publications utilizing molecular biology and nucleic acid delivery methodologies (e.g., viral vectors, lipid nanoparticles)
  • Strong interest in biological engineering for therapeutics development is critical for this position
  • Expertise in in vitro culture of mammalian cells, as well as applying molecular and cell biology concepts and techniques are a must
  • Ability to think independently and collaborate in a team setting
  • This postdoctoral fellow is expected to develop an interdisciplinary research project aimed at creating a new platform technology for gene-based therapeutics and exploring its use


  • Experience with in vivo rodent work would be beneficial but not necessary
  • Experience with library prep or computational analysis would be beneficial but not necessary

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 using the subject line “GENE THERAPY 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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