Research Assistant IV – Microdevice Design Technician: Wyss Institute @ Harvard

Research Assistant IV – Microdevice Design Technician

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. For more information, visit:

The Research Assistant IV – Microdevice Design Technician will perform research and collaborate with Institute faculty, staff, fellow and students in the creation and execution of research programs and projects in the area of microdevice design and microfabrication. The candidate for this position will bring strong expertise and experimental background in at least one of the fields of microfluidics, microfabrication, or systems engineering. The successful candidate is expected to provide engineering and fabrication support to projects aimed at creating microengineered human organs-on-chip models.

The candidate for this position will collaborate in the design and implementation of new and advanced microdevice techniques and approaches, including fabrication, optimization, and operation of microfluidic devices and integrated MEMS. The chosen candidate will process, organize and analyze data and report experimental results. The candidate will contribute to internal reports, patent applications, Institute presentations, and Institute publications. He/she will also assist with procurement of equipment and supplies relating to microdevice fabrication.

Basic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. Minimum three years’ experience and expertise in bioengineering, biomedical instrumentation in microfluidics, biomedical microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), or micro- and nanofabrication. Education may count towards experience. Extensive hands-on experience required in the design, fabrication, optimization, and operation of microfluidic devices and integrated MEMS. Proficiency in computer programming and MEMS design/simulation software (e.g. COMSOL, CAD, ConventorWare, ANSYS, LabView).

Additional Qualifications: PhD preferred. Basic knowledge of biology (cell culture, basic molecular biology concepts and techniques) is preferred. Knowledge in physiology, cell and molecular biology, and cell culture techniques preferred. Strong organizational and communication skills, creativity, and motivation required to collaborate with multidisciplinary groups of technology innovators in a dynamic team environment. Excellent writing skills and strong commitment to educating and mentoring students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinicians.

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