Staff Engineer – Mechanical
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Full-time, Technical Role
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering @ Harvard
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: http://wyss.harvard.edu/.
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented, enthusiastic individual to contribute to the design and development of an automated instrument that is based on the Institute’s organs-on-chips platform. The goal of this instrument is to emulate a multi-organ human physiological system to enable animal-free, human-specific drug and drug-interaction testing. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will span of the system’s mechanical and fluidic design, including the development of: precision actuated motion for optical and fluid-handling elements, reconfigurable low-volume fluidic systems, sterile long-term tissue-culture environment, and user-interface design (mechanical/fluidic “plug-and-play”). The Staff Engineer will participate in writing research proposals, reports, patent applications, presentations and publications, and interact regularly with Institute faculty and staff.
Basic qualifications: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or related degree. Three or more years of experience in research, product development or related field is required. Experience with actuated stages/motion systems, electromechanical actuation or related experience. Education may count towards years of experience.
Additional qualifications: M.S. preferred. Experience with complex instrument design, precision motion, low-volume fluidic control (particularly with capillary tubing) and optical systems is a strong plus. Proficiency in mechanical design software (e.g. SolidWorks, ProE, AutoCAD, etc). Hands-on experience with prototyping is highly desirable. Self-motivated and creative, willing to tackle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment. Strong organizational and communication skills (oral and written) are required to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of innovators, engineers and faculty researchers. Previous experience in medical device design, robotics, or lab automation is beneficial. Willingness to work outside of one’s discipline to accomplish project goals.