Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented and enthusiastic individual to work as a Research Assistant III on the Immuno-Materials platform. This person will assist Wyss faculty and researchers in translating proof-of-principle experiments with major focus on immune modulation in infectious/autoimmune diseases and cancer, from the laboratory to prototypes for commercially viable products. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, medical implants, drug delivery, immunotherapy of cancer and infectious/autoimmune diseases, delivery of DNA constructs and other biomaterials in vivo to understand mechanism(s) of action of such novel products. The candidate will have many opportunities to plan, perform, develop as well as transfer immune cell based assays as appropriate, while characterizing biomaterial-based human therapeutics. The successful candidate will participate in the academic community and researchers with industrial background, helping to define and create the technology and culture at Wyss. In addition to laboratory work, he/she will be provided opportunities to participate in the development of strategic plans for commercialization, including helping draft patent applications and present results to potential industrial partners. Collaboration with other Wyss personnel to achieve objectives and enhance service quality is expected.
This is a 1 year term position with the possibility of renewal. Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.
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
Bachelors Degree in Biology, Immunology, Chemistry, Molecular Biology or related field is required. Two or more years directly related work experience. Higher education may count toward years of experience.
Experience with one or more of key technologies that routinely involve cell culture, a variety of immuno-assays (existing and new), tissue processing and immune assessment through antibody characterization by ELISA, cell phenotyping with FACS and others means of characterizing cell functions strongly preferred. Experience in mammalian cell based assay development and cell imaging is desirable. Molecular biology, polymer chemistry, animal testing, and/or in vitro cell based testing experience a plus. Good laboratory practices, well organized in planning and performing lab work, maintaining good lab records and notebooks are necessary. Strong motivation for curiosity driven . research, hypothesis generation and constantly improve on technologies, along with excellent communication (oral and written) skills, and ability to work both independently and as part of different teams is required. Responsible for mentoring and training less experienced research associates and take on additional responsibilities as required by new projects assigned. Ability to work independently and as a part of dynamic research teams in a matrix environment is essential.
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: 50695BR
About Harvard University Medical School
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.