Senior Research Scientist in Organ Chip-Enabled Therapeutics
Harvard University, Harvard Medical School
United States

Senior Research Scientist – Organ Chip-Enabled Therapeutics

Harvard Medical School


Job Code

RS0157 Researcher III Natural Science

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, establishment of corporate alliances, and formation of new startups. For more information, visit:
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented, enthusiastic, and experienced individual to work with Institute researchers and faculty to help build our Therapeutics Discovery capabilities. This candidate will have expertise in molecular cell biology and physiology as well as extensive experience in any of the following disease areas: cancer, lung disease, infectious diseases, or gastrointestinal disorders. They will also be responsible for actively carrying out studies at the bench, as well as leading and managing, internal and external sponsored research programs that design and develop therapeutics based on microfluidic organ-on-a-chip (Organ Chip) human in vitro experimentation technology. This will require a strong background in vitro cell based assays, requiring hands-on experience with primary cell culture, development of cell-based microfluidic Organ Chip assays, molecular, biochemical, and genetic analysis methods, and bioinformatics techniques in a research and development environment. Responsibilities also include design of experimental procedures and protocols, execution of experiments with cells, and sample preparation/analysis. Specific experience with cancer, stromal-epithelial interactions, blood-brain barrier, microvascular cells, as well as IPS-derived cells and organoid-based cultures would be advantageous. The successful candidate for this position will report to the Lead Senior Staff Scientist and faculty Lead of the Bioinspired Therapeutics platform. He or she will perform research focused on discovery of new disease mechanisms, identification of therapeutic targets, and discovery, design, and development of novel therapeutic compounds in various conventional culture formats as well as Organ Chips. A successful candidate must be open to working in a highly dynamic, interdisciplinary, team-focused environment, and will also assist in the training, supervision, and mentoring of other team members, including post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduates, interns, and research associates. The candidate will also work in collaborative efforts with other researchers at the Institute across disciplines, Harvard University, and collaborating institutions. The chosen candidate for this position will contribute results for the preparation of protocols, presentations, grants, technical reports, and patents.    

Basic Qualifications

Ph.D. or MD/PhD in Cell Biology, Physiology, Cancer biology, Pharmacology or related field required. 5 or more years of experience in in-vitro cell base assays, pathophysiology, and target identification/validation. Education may count towards years of experience.  

Additional Qualifications

Proficiency with personal computers and applicable software packages (Microsoft Word, Excel) is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have past experience managing a collaborative work team as well as strong organizational and communication skills required to assist and collaborate with a multidisciplinary group of technology innovators, engineers, biologist and clinicians in a dynamic team environment. Ability to tackle and lead multiple projects simultaneously while participating at the bench as a member of an integrated multidisciplinary team is essential. Experience mentoring fellows and/or students is preferred. Excellent writing skills and strong commitment to educating and mentoring students, post-doctoral fellows, and clinicians.  

Additional Information

Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation

Job Function



Wyss Institute


USA - MA - Boston


Wyss Institute

Time Status



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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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, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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