Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is seeking a Research Assistant to work on research projects involving electrochemical and optical assay development, sensor fabrication and integration into novel diagnostic platforms that will address the following points: (i) Microfabrication of devices (ii) low sample volume consumption, (iii) rapid sample-to-results and (iv) high-throughput. Specifically, microfluidics and the integration of multiple and multiplexed sensitive detection schemes into one device are the main challenges that will need to be addressed. The major work task would be to learn the micro fabrication techniques used within the group and Electro-chemical assay development.
The successful candidate will contribute to the design and microfabrication of the devices, the development of bioanalytical assays and testing of the platform. The candidate will be expected to work independently with guidance from academic staff to design experiments, learn new skills, troubleshoot, and to contribute intellectually to the project. Other tasks will include benchmarking the performances of the bioanalytical sensing system against more conventional assays such as ELISA, PCR etc.
In addition, the candidate is expected to perform laboratory support activities such as order supplies, lab maintenance, and function within a team-oriented environment with other scientists and staff at the Institute. The candidate will participate in the preparation of manuscripts and patent applications. Under the supervision of staff, the candidate may present data and conclusions at meetings within the Wyss Institute.
This is a one year term position the possibility of renewal.
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 and launching startup companies. For more information, visit: http://wyss.harvard.edu/.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 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.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Salary Grade: 054
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Mechanical Engineering, or related field required. A minimum of two years of experience involving any of the following areas (the development of biosensors, microfluidics, basic biology techniques such as ELISA). Experience with electrochemical sensors or microfluidics will be given preference. Advanced Degree may counts towards years of experience.
Advanced degree in Chemistry, Engineering, Biochemistry or Bioengineering preferred.
Candidates with previous experience in biosensing, microfluidics design, microfabrication (e.g. photolithography, metal patterning, soft lithography, rapid prototyping), electrochemical sensing (e.g. amperometry, potentiometry, impedance), optical sensing (e.g. colorimetry, SPR, fluorescence, chemiluminescence), bioassay development (e.g. antibody, DNA or enzyme based), mechanical engineering (3D design, printing), and/or electrical engineering is strongly preferred.
Ability to work well independently and to collaborate with a multidisciplinary group is essential. The candidate should be proficient with personal computers and applicable software packages (Microsoft Office, CAD, Solidworks). Good written and oral communication skills are essential. The candidate should be highly motivated, detail-oriented, organized, and able to take initiative.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 50195BR
About Harvard University Medical School
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