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 Lead Senior Staff Engineer in the area of bioinspired robotics. This person will report to the Operations Director 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 independent research and work with Institute faculty in the creation and execution of research programs and projects in bioinspired robotics. The successful candidate will develop technology plans for Wyss Institute robotics research programs, coordinate resources, and champion technology translation. Job responsibilities include:
Develop key strategic industrial relationships with potential partners, sponsors, and licensees and lead the market outreach that generates feedback to guide the technology development and translation efforts within the Wyss Institute Bioinspired Robotics focus area.
Participate in the creation of strategic plans for Wyss research programs; build consensus among robotics faculty, collaborators and the Wyss executive leadership team.
Foster and maintain the technology culture at the Wyss by building relationships with staff across multiple focus areas and initiatives within the Wyss Institute, the wider Boston area and beyond, participating meaningfully in the broader academic community.
Provide guidance and management of projects within the Bioinspired Robotics Platform areas and direct the applied research towards achieving commercial proof-of-concept prototypes and demonstration of commercial viability.
Provide leadership and expertise to research personnel regarding project goals and objectives, as well as serve as a mentor for other senior and junior staff, fellows, postdocs, and students.
Participate in the selection and management of core and specialized equipment, capabilities and technologies within the Wyss Institute to facilitate the research and product development efforts.
Assist in writing research proposals, patent applications, Wyss presentations and publications.
Salary Grade: 061
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
M.S. in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or Computer Science required. 7+ years of industrial experience in robotics, preferably in a high risk area of robotics is required. Strong foundation micro and macro fabrication, sensors and actuators, controls (theoretical and applied), materials mechanics, fluids is required.
PhD or advanced degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or Computer Science is preferred. Strong organizational skills, creativity, motivation, and communication (oral and written) skills, especially ability to work and communicate with non-chemists are required. Experience with grant writing, sponsored research, and project management is essential. Ability to tackle multiple projects simultaneously in a dynamic team environment is essential. Must be able to work in chemical and biological laboratory environments. Ability to assess potential market opportunities and risks and to develop strategic plans for successful technology transfer and commercialization is required. Excellent writing skills and strong commitment to educating and mentoring students and postdoctoral fellows are required.
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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