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Senior Staff Scientist I - Molecular Biophysics
Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts
Date Posted 01/11/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Harvard Medical School


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: 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 significant expertise in microscopy and image analysis to join our Molecular Robotics team. Reporting to the Technology Translation Director and working closely with Faculty Members, Prof. William Shih and Prof. Wesley Wong, you will contribute to the development of new approaches that will leverage high resolution, high-throughput force spectroscopy with reconfigurable DNA nanodevices in order to enable single-macromolecule identification and structure determination. For more information on this initiative, please visit : https://wyss.harvard.edu/technology/dna-nanotechnology-tools-from-design-to-applications/

Job-Specific Responsibilities

What you'll do:

  • Independently conduct and design experiments that will lead to the development of new approaches to leverage high resolution, high throughput force spectroscopy with reconfigurable DNA nanodevices in order to enable single-macromolecule identification and structure determination

  • Independently troubleshoot complex scientific issues and coach others in problem solving as a part of new technology development

  • Identify internal and external resources that can support technology innovation and development

  • Organize, interpret and present data in internal and external meetings

  • Contribute to grants, internal reports, patent application, Institute publications and Institute presentations

  • Mentor junior staff and technicians; direct junior staff towards project milestones

  • Collaborate 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

Basic Qualifications

What you'll need:

  • Advanced degree in a natural science or engineering field required.
  • A minimum of 6 years of related experience required. A PhD may count towards years of experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Desirable Skills:

  • PhD in a natural science or engineering field preferred.
  • Full-time post-graduate industrial experience with a focus on product development is preferred. Proficiency with microscopy and image analysis; optical design, construction and engineering; bioconjugation and surface chemistry, programming and data analysis
  • Experience with single-molecule fluorescence and/or mechanics is a plus.
  • 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 mentoring students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinicians.

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.

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.

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USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

RS0158 Scientist I


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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EEO Statement

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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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