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Staff Scientist I

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7092987

Posted: January 27, 2022

Job Description

About Us:
The Wyss Institute’s mission is to transform healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. We harness the freedom of academia and the focus of industry in order to translate revolutionary technologies into commercial products and solutions. At the Wyss Institute, faculty from premier academic and clinical institutions, collaborate with staff scientists, postdocs, graduate students, industry experts, business development leaders, and entrepreneurs across disciplines to invent and de- risk new technologies that don’t just succeed at making it to the market – they disrupt it. We support research that universities, companies, and venture capital firms don’t fund because they view it as too risky. We prefer to use the word “challenging,” and we love challenges. For more information, visit: http://wyss.harvard.edu/


About You:
You are a collaborative, impact-focused problem solver who wants to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to creating and commercializing novel approaches to global challenges in healthcare and sustainability. You want the freedom to explore, to push the boundaries of what is possible, and to use your ambition to tackle challenging projects in a fast-paced, industry-focused environment without a lot of administrative hurdles. You enjoy working with diverse groups of people and leveraging your expertise to create innovations that can change the world.


About the Role:
We are looking for an innovative Scientist with experience in designing self-assembling DNA systems and microscopy and image analysis to join our Molecular Robotics team. Reporting to the Technology Translation Director and working closely with Faculty Member, Prof. William Shih, you will contribute to the development of ultrasensitive diagnostics using enzyme-free DNA self-assembly. For more information on this initiative, please visit : https://wyss.harvard.edu/technology/dna-nanotechnology- tools-from-design-to-applications/

What you'll do:
- Independently conducts and designs experiments that will lead to the development of new ultrasensitive diagnostics using enzyme-free DNA self- assembly
- Organize, interprets and presents data in internal and external meetings
- Contributes to grants, internal reports, patent application, Institute publications and Institute presentations
- Mentors technicians and visiting students
- Collaborates with Institute staff, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows on technology innovation within the Molecular Robotics focus area
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.

What you'll need:
- Bachelor’s degree required in natural science or engineering field.
- A minimum of 4 years of related experience required.

Desirable Skills:
- Advanced degree preferred in a natural science or engineering field
- Full time post graduate industrial experience with a focus on product development is preferred.
- Proficiency with design of self-assembling DNA systems; with microscopy and image analysis; optical design, construction, and engineering
- Experience with single-molecule fluorescence and/or mechanics is a plus.

Working Conditions:

This position will be based on our campus in Boston, MA and will require on-campus presence. Subject to business needs, the Wyss Institute generally supports flexible work arrangements.



Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

Additional information:
Harvard is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.




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Job posting number:#7092987
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
Boston,Massachusetts
United States
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