[robotics-worldwide] Lead Sr Staff Engineer - Bioinspired Robotics

Travers, Jane C Jane_Travers at hms.harvard.edu
Thu May 20 09:29:38 PDT 2010

We have an exciting new opening at the Wyss Institute in Boston, MA.  Please review the job description below and if you or someone you know is interested, please send a resume to:  jane_travers at hms.harvard.edu<mailto:jane_travers at hms.harvard.edu>

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/.

We seek 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 robotics, while leading efforts within the Institute's Bionspired Robotics Platform. Topics in bioinspired robotics include, but are not limited to, autonomous robots, collective operation, microrobots, and soft robots.  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 robotics research programs, coordinate resources, and champion technology translation.

The Lead Senior Staff Engineer will take a leadership role in developing industrial relationships and outreach to generate feedback that will guide the research and development efforts at the Institute. The successful candidate will participate meaningfully in the academic community, helping to define and create the technology culture at Wyss and serving as a mentor for other senior and junior staff, fellows, postdocs, and students. He/she will participate in the development of strategic plans for Wyss research programs; and in writing research proposals, patent applications, presentations and publications. He/ she will provide guidance and management for prototype development in the bioinspired robotics area and guide applied research primarily focused on achieving commercial proof-of-concept and demonstration of commercial viability.

PhD in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or Computer  Science with specific focus on a high risk area of robotics is required.  Minimum 7 years of industrial experience in robotics is absolutely necessary. Strong foundation  micro and macro fabrication, sensors and actuators, controls (theoretical and applied), materials, mechanics, fluids is required.

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