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Postdoctoral Fellow – Modeling Intestinal Diseases and Therapeutic Responses in Human Organ Chips

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Role Description:

Postdoctoral Fellow – Modeling Intestinal Diseases and Therapeutic Responses in Human Organ Chips

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seek outstanding postdoctoral applicants with expertise in microbiome research to join an interdisciplinary team of biologists and engineers for the development of novel in vitro organ-on-a-chip (Organ Chip) microfluidic culture systems and sensor technologies to study and model the intestinal tract and microbiome and its influences on diseases, such as malnutrition-associated with environmental enteric dysfunction (EED), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and radiation-induced injury, as well as therapeutic responses.

What You’ll Need:

  • Ph.D. or M.D. and have a proven record of high-quality publications in microbiology and/or microbiome research
  • Strong interest in contributing to multidisciplinary teams (engineers, biologists/physiologists, clinicians) is critical for this position
  • Expertise in in vitro culture of primary human cells, as well as knowledge of basic molecular and cell biology concepts and techniques is a plus
  • Significant skill in the culture, quantification and characterization of whole human microbiome and microbiology techniques is necessary


  • Expertise in microbiology and/or intestinal cell biology, inflammation, microbiology, physiology, and pathophysiology, with an interest in applying this expertise in combination with modern bioengineering practices
  • Expected to develop and lead an interdisciplinary research project aimed at exploring host responses to changes in microbiome using a microengineered Organ Chip models that simulate diseases, such as EED, IBD, and radiation injury as well as exploring responses to possible interventions and pursuing mechanisms of efficacy.

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 “INTESTINAL CHIP APPLICATION.”

Working Conditions

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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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