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Harvard University Researcher III Natural Science in Cambridge, Massachusetts

52447BRAuto req ID:52447BRJob Code:RS0157 Researcher III Natural Science Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Staff Scientist II - Viral Vector DevelopmentSub-Unit:Wyss Institute Salary Grade:057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in bioengineering, pharmacology, virology or related discipline required.

  • A minimum of 5 years working with design, cloning, and production of viral vectors or related experience required; Advanced Education may count towards years of experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Advanced degree in biological science, bioengineering, or related discipline strongly preferred

  • Have the capacity to work with high urgency such as on milestone driven projects

  • Experience with working with animal models, ideally mice

  • Background in neuroscience preferred with an understanding of neuroanatomy

  • Experience with standard tissue analysis techniques such as immunohistochemistry and fluorescence microscopy

  • Strong hands-on understanding of molecular biology and/or cell biology

Additional Information:

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

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 and launching startup companies. For more information, visit:

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

  • Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

    Department:Wyss InstitutePre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentitySchedule:Monday through Friday, 9AM - 5PMJob Function:Research Job-Specific Responsibilities:Reporting to the Lead Senior Staff Scientist of the Synthetic Biology Platform, the candidate will perform laboratory research and work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary team comprised of chemists, biologists, and engineers. The candidate will be expected to be a technical expert in their specialized area and will also keep abreast of emerging industry trends. When necessary, the Staff Scientist will also play a role in assisting with grant writing, developing intellectual property, and performing market analysis for potentially translational technologies. The candidate will mentor and assist junior researchers in executing upon clearly defined project goals and will apply project management experience to outline milestones and manage project plans.School/Unit:Harvard Medical School 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.Job Summary:The Wyss Institute seeks a talented, energetic professional to join our community as a Staff Scientist in the Synthetic Biology Platform. This position provides a unique opportunity to perform cutting edge, hands-on research relating to the design, creation, and testing of new gene delivery vehicles. With an emphasis on viral vectors and viral-like particles, the candidate will focus on a variety of interdisciplinary research directions including:

  • Engineering new viral vectors

  • Creating strategies to target specific organs of cell types

  • Increasing the safety profile and enabling re-dosing strategies

  • Developing new scientific tools such as next generation viral tracers

  • Tailoring delivery for specific diseases or conditions, such as neurological diseases or brain injury