Duties & Responsibilities
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.
The Research Assistant will work on research projects involving the development of novel sensing platform for in situ monitoring of in vitro tissue models and support further development of our “organ on chip” platforms.
The successful candidate will contribute to the design and microfabrication of these devices, the development of biological assays and testing of the platforms.
In addition, the candidate is expected to order supplies, perform support activities and lab maintenance, and function in a team-oriented environment with other scientists and staff at the Institute. Under the supervision of staff, the candidate may present data and conclusions at meetings within the Wyss Institute.
College background in Physical Science, Life Science, Engineering or related field required. Two or more years of related work experience required. Experience in the following fields: microfabrication, microfluidics, electrochemistry, optical sensing, assay development, or related areas. Higher education may count toward experience.
Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Engineering, Biochemistry or Bioengineering preferred. Candidates with previous experience in assay development, electrochemical, and/or optical sensing will be strongly considered. Experience with microfluidic devices will be preferred. Ability to work well independently and to collaborate with a multidisciplinary group is essential. The candidate should be proficient with personal computers and applicable software packages (Microsoft Office). Good written and oral communication skills are essential. The candidate should be highly motivated, detail-oriented, organized, and able to take initiative. Great attention to detail. [45957BR]