Senior Scientist – Biomaterials & Process Development

Senior Scientist – Biomaterials & Process Development

  • Full Time
  • Boston

The Wyss Institute is seeking a highly motivated and innovative Scientist with significant expertise in chemistry, materials or process development to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to the discovery, development, and translation of novel therapies for the treatment of disease.


About Us:
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is not a typical research organization as our goal is near-term impact. Our mission is to transform healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds, and getting our innovations out of the lab and into the real world, fast. At the Wyss Institute, faculty from premier academic and clinical institutions collaborate with staff scientists and engineers, postdocs, graduate students, industry experts, business development leaders, and entrepreneurs across disciplines to produce new technologies that don’t just succeed at making it to the market – they disrupt it. We support research that universities, companies, and VC firms don’t fund because they claim it’s too risky. We prefer to use the word “challenging,” and we love challenges. For more information, visit:


About You:
You are a collaborative, team-oriented, impact-focused problem solver who wants to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to creating and commercializing novel approaches to global challenges in healthcare and sustainability. You want the freedom to explore, to push the boundaries of what is possible, to use your ambition to tackle challenging projects in a fast-paced, industry-focused environment without a lot of administrative hurdles.


As an entrepreneurially-minded individual with an outgoing, collegial and team-oriented personality, you will combine your background in polymer chemistry or biomedical engineering, process development and biomanufacturing with new technology development and important applications in healthcare. You will participate in scientific collaborations with some of the world’s leading scientists, engineers, students, and fellows. You enjoy working with diverse groups of people and leveraging your own expertise to create innovations that can change the world.


About the Role:
We are looking for an innovative scientist/bioengineer who will work in the design, synthesis, and characterization of a range of materials, including hydrogels, biopolymers, and nanoparticles with a primary focus on controlled, pulsed, or sustained delivery of small molecules or biologics. Reporting to the Platform Director, you will be exposed to many different technologies in areas ranging from therapeutics and diagnostics to synthetic biology and materials science. Your goal will be to identify new product solutions and you may have the unique opportunity to follow your passion either at the Institute or as a future co-founder of a Wyss start-up.


What you’ll do:

  • Design, invent and develop new material platforms including new delivery technologies. Develop associated manufacturing processes to support pre-clinical and clinical studies.
    Collaborate with biological scientists and clinicians to develop material based immunotherapies.
    Support external collaboration opportunities with the business development team.
    Mentor and train others on research methodology.
    Present research results at Wyss internal and external meetings.
    Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.


What you’ll need:

  • Advanced degree in polymer chemistry, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, or material science.
  • A minimum of six years of experience in process development, material manufacturing, and characterization in support of pre-clinical or clinical studies. A PhD may count towards years of experience.


Desirable Skills:

  • PhD is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with general regulatory and GMP requirements for material preparation in support of pre-clinical toxicology or clinical studies, and IND filing is preferred.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced translational environment and comfortable with change.
  • Product development-oriented experience is either industry or academic setting preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in leading and working in cross-functional teams. Excellent documentation, analytical, communication, and inter-personal skills.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced translational environment and able to adjust scientific approach based upon changing priorities.
  • Ability to seek out collaborations and manage and mentor others.
  • Product design experience.
  • Experience with quality systems and translational operations.


Working Conditions: 

This position will be based on our campus in Boston, MA and will require on-campus presence. Subject to business needs, the Wyss Institute generally supports flexible work arrangements.


Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:


Additional Information: 

Offer contingent on successful completion of pre-placement medical evaluation.

Harvard is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.


Why you’ll like working with us: 

At the Wyss Institute, you’re a member of a supportive, dynamic community that is united by its shared goal of changing the world through groundbreaking technology development and commercialization. We encourage your professional growth and development through mentorship and tuition reimbursement to support continued learning, and more. We also support your physical, financial, and mental well-being through generous time off benefits, gym reimbursements, and other programs offered through Harvard. Our community will be relocating to a new, state of the art life sciences building in the lively Fenway neighborhood in spring 2023, where you will have access to multiple amenities including a roof terrace with stunning views of Boston and proximity to numerous restaurants and cultural attractions. We value an inclusive and diverse workforce, and believe that our differences enrich the work environment for all.


Our outstanding benefits package includes: 

  • Time Off: 3 – 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 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.
    Facilities access and Discounts: Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

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