Staff Engineer – Microdevice — Wyss Institute @ Harvard University

Staff Engineer – Microdevice — Wyss Institute @ Harvard University

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 Microdevice Engineer will assist Wyss Institute researchers in developing microdevices that can replace animal testing in drug discovery and toxicology, with a focus on microfluidics. The candidate for this position will provide design, engineering and fabrication support to projects aimed at creating microengineered human organs-on-chips models. Working closely with a group of microfabrication technicians, he/she will also contribute to the maintenance and expansion of core microdevice capabilities within the Institute. 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 related to microdevice fabrication.

Basic Qualifications:   Bachelor’s degree required in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, Materials Science or related degree. Minimum five years of hands-on experience in microfabrication, microengineering or related experience. Education may count toward years’ experience.

Additional Qualifications:   M.S. or PhD preferred. Industry experience would also be advantageous. Proficiency in computer fluid dynamics software tools for microfluidics (e.g. COMSOL, ANSYS), computer-aided 3D design (e.g.,SolidWorks, AutoCAD, CoCreate, Pro/ENGINEER), and visual programming language tools (e.g., LabVIEW, Visual Basic). Strong organizational and communication skills for assisting and collaborating with multidisciplinary groups of technology innovators and engineers, as well as biologists and clinicians, in a dynamic team environment. Excellent writing skills and strong commitment to educating and mentoring students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinicians. The candidate for this position will bring strong expertise and experimental background in device microfabrication. She/he will have hands-on experience in photolithography, thin film deposition, etching, bonding, and metrology. Preferably, the candidate will have experience with multiple microfabrication techniques including elastomer casting, 3D printing, laser micromachining, hot embossing, and injection molding. In addition to microfabrication skills, the candidate is expected to have some prior experience in system engineering, imaging and detection technologies, and development of integrated sample-to-answer systems. Prior experience with developing microfluidic systems for cell culture is highly desirable. Prior experience mentoring or supervising junior staff is desirable. Besides strong hands-on microfabrication skills, the successful candidate is expected to have some experience with engineering design and finite element analysis techniques such as COMSOL multiphysics.

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