[robotics-worldwide] Job Posting for The Wyss Institute

Garland, Wanda WANDA_GARLAND at hms.harvard.edu
Tue Jan 4 13:54:59 PST 2011


I am a recruiting for the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, in Boston, MA and I was hoping I might be able to advertise a position on your website:


Lead Senior Staff Engineer - Bioinspired Robotics

Duties & Responsibilities: 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 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. In addition, the Lead Senior Staff Scientist will participate in the selection and management of core and specialized equipment, capabilities and technologies within the Institute to facilitate the Institute's research and product development efforts. He/she will provide leadership and expertise to research personnel regarding project goals and objectives, as well as Wyss Institute community building efforts around robotics including seminar series and short courses.

Basic Qualifications:  PhD in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or Computer   Science or work equivalent with a 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.

Additional Qualifications:  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.

Interested applicants please apply directly to our website:  www.employment.harvard.edu<http://www.employment.harvard.edu>.  Please type in Req number 22597 in Auto Req ID.

If you can please confirm that this position was posted to your site, it would be appreciated! Also, if you need any further information, please let me know.


Wanda Garland
Human Resources Consultant
Harvard Medical School
Office of Human Resources
25 Shattuck Street
Boston, MA 02115
Phone:  617-432-3984
Fax:  617-432-2484


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