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: http://wyss.harvard.edu/.
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented, enthusiastic and experienced individual to work as a Staff Mechanical Engineer in the area of bioinspired robotics. This person will report to the Bioinspired Robotics Platform Lead and will assist and enable Wyss Institute faculty and researchers in their research and development efforts in wearable robotics, soft robotics, microrobotics, and printable robotics. He/she will initiate, direct, and perform research and work with Institute faculty in the creation and execution of translation projects in the bioinspired robotics platform. Job responsibilities include:
Identify necessary technical metrics to measure and optimize various mechanical systems and subsystems against application specific requirements.
Contribute to the conceptualization, detailed design and fabrication of components ensuring that the performance meets technical specifications This includes performing tests of preliminary designs as well as optimization, prototyping electromechanical systems, analyzing data and reporting results.
Contributes to the innovation, evolution, and maintenance of a broad set of mechanical engineering systems to facilitate research and product development efforts of the Institute's bioinspired robotics research areas.
Support technical outreach to collect and document clinical and industrial feedback to guide the technical development efforts on specific bioinspired robotics projects.
Participate meaningfully in the academic community and serving as a mentor for junior staff, fellows, and students.
Create development plans for Wyss research projects primarily focused on achieving commercial proof-of-concept and demonstration of commercial viability.
Contribute to internal reports, patent applications, Wyss Institute presentations, and Wyss Institute publications.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering or related degree required. Minimum 5 years of industry experience required.
MS or PhD preferred.
Extensive proficiency in mechanical design (including mechanism design, kinematics and dynamics, mechanics and optimization) and simulation software (e.g. SolidWorks, ProE, Matlab, AutoCAD, CATIA, etc) required.
Experience with FEA desirable, including mesh generation and analysis software (e.g. ANSYS, Nastran, Abaqus, etc) desirable.
Experience in material selection and characterization of performance (stress testing, fatigue analysis) desired.
Ability to tackle multiple projects simultaneously in a dynamic team environment is essential. Must be able to work in an engineering and research laboratory environments.
Strong organizational skills, creativity, motivation, and communication (oral and written) skills, especially ability to work and communicate with non-engineers are required.
Experience with grant writing, sponsored research, and project management 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.
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