Job: Biomedical / Systems/Mechanical Engineer: FISSEQ at the Wyss Insitute of Harvard University
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The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented, creative and enthusiastic individual to contribute to the design and development of FISSEQ (Fluorescent in situ sequencing). Reporting to a Senior Scientist in Synthetic Biology, the Staff Systems Engineer will work with a collaborative team of academic, staff, and industrial researchers on developing FISSEQ (Fluorescent in situ sequencing) Technology. The Systems Engineer will develop, test, run and maintain novel sequencing devices and associated technologies. The successful candidate will contribute to the design and development of automation hardware and software for high-throughput, laboratory instrumentation and device networks, as well as the design and development of tools for analysis of genomic data.   The successful candidate will also perform testing, organize and analyze data and report results. The candidate will contribute to internal reports, patent applications, Institute presentations, and Institute publications. The Wyss Institute Synthetic Biology platform focuses on the development of high-throughput technologies and tools related to DNA sequencing and synthesis, and directed evolution of bacteria. This is an opportunity to enter into the synthetic biology as it pertains to molecular diagnostics.

 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. For more information, visit:

Basic Qualifications:  BS in electrical/mechanical engineering or related degree.   Minimum of 5+ years of experience with technically sophisticated electromechanical design projects or related experience. Advanced education may count toward years' experience.

Additional Qualifications:  MS or PhD preferred.  Proficiency in mechanical design (e.g. SolidWorks, ProE, etc) required. Hands-on experience with prototyping, and 3D printing. Experience with data acquisition for experimental electro-mechanical systems required; previous experience in robotics, medical device design, human interface design, quality systems, and/or electrical testing are highly desirable. Knowledge of engineering documentation and lab procedures desirable. Strong organizational skills, creativity, motivation, and communication (oral and written) ability required. Prior experience in software development or use pertaining to data acquisition and control is beneficial. Candidates must have a willingness to work outside of their discipline to accomplish project goals  

Additional Information  This is a grant-funded position through September 30, 2016 with the possibility of renewal.  

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 or any other characteristic protected by law.  


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