Research Assistant III – Biosensors and Biomaterials

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7087309
Posted: October 18, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Summary

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:

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 enthusiastic Research Assistant III with experience in microfabrication, bio-sensing, bioassay development and/or mechanical engineering to join our team. Reporting to the Senior Staff Engineer as part of the Bioinspired Therapeutics and Diagnostics focus area, you will work on research projects involving biomaterials, sensor fabrication and sensing technology integration into novel diagnostic and organ on chip platforms. In collaboration with senior staff, you will address the challenges posed by microfluidics and the integration of sensitive detection schemes into small foot print devices, and will contribute to the microfabrication of devices with low sample volume consumption, rapid sample-to-results, and high-throughput.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

What you’ll do:

Contribute to the synthesis of biomaterials, the design and microfabrication of microfluidic devices, and the development of bioanalytical assays and testing of the analytical prototypes and platforms.
Design and troubleshoot experiments independently with guidance from academic
Collaborate with senior staff on benchmarking the performances of the bioanalytical sensing system against more conventional assays such as ELISA, PCR etc.
Perform laboratory support activities including ordering supplies and performing lab maintenance.
Participate in the preparation of manuscripts and patent applications with guidance and training from staff.
Present data and conclusions at meetings within the Wyss Institute under the supervision of staff.

Basic Qualifications

What you'll need:

Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Mechanical Engineering or related field required.
Two or more years of laboratory experience in microfabrication, microfluidics, bio-sensing and biosensors, electrochemical, optical sensing, bioassay development, mechanical engineering, electric and/or electronic engineering or related areas or field is required. Advanced education may count towards years of experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Desirable Skills:

Advanced academic degree in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Engineering, or Bioengineering preferred.
Candidates with previous experience in assay development, electrochemical and/or optical sensing, and mechanical engineering will be strongly considered.
Experience with microfluidic device is desirable.
Laboratory experience involving mammalian cell culture and basic cell biology techniques such as cell culturing, qPCR, or microscopy is strongly preferred.
Ability to work independently and to collaborate within a multidisciplinary group is essential.
Proficiency with software packages including Microsoft Office, CAD, Solidworks is required.
Good written and oral communication skills are essential.
Highly motivated, detail-oriented, organized, and able to take initiative.

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 will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Additional Information

This is a one year term position with the possibility of renewal.

Harvard is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Why you’ll like working with us:

At the Wyss Institute, you’re a member of a supportive, dynamic community that is united by its shared goal of changing the world through groundbreaking technology development and commercialization. We encourage your professional growth and development through mentorship and tuition reimbursement to support continued learning, and more. We also support your physical, financial, and mental well-being through generous time off benefits, gym reimbursements, and other programs offered through Harvard. We value an inclusive and diverse workforce, and believe that our differences enrich the work environment for all.

Our outstanding benefits package includes:

Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Facilities access and Discounts: Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.