Opportunities

We currently have openings for four specific positions, and interested candidates should email a CV (incl. names of three references) and cover letter to Conor Walsh (walsh@seas.harvard.edu).

Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Biomechanics and Wearable Robotics

  • The Harvard Biodesign Lab invites applications for an immediate opening on a research project focused on biomechanical, physiological, and clinical evaluations of wearable robotic devices developed to assist individuals with neurological disorders (e.g., stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and cerebral palsy). These soft wearable robots are lightweight and pliable and apply appropriately timed joint torques to the wearer. The successful candidate will work as part of a larger team of engineers, apparel designers, movement scientists, and clinicians to conduct human subjects studies that will be used to advance the development of multiple wearable robot platforms and evaluate their ability to enhance neurorehabilitation. They will have access to state of the art equipment (Qualysis cameras, Bertec force plates in an over-ground walkway, a Bertec instrumented treadmill, Delsys Trigno surface electromyography system, and Cosmed K4b2 metabolic test system). The candidate will also be expected to contribute to the writing and running of IRB-approved studies on healthy and patient populations.
  • The candidate should have:
    • A strong interest in contributing to multidisciplinary teams and will be expected to publish scholarly papers and attend international conferences, as well as take on a mentorship role for undergraduate and graduate students.
    • A Ph.D. in Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Movement Science, Physiology, Biomedical Engineering or a related field.
    • A strong background in statistics, as well as previous experience in human subjects studies with wearable robots and working with neurological patient populations are highly desired. Additionally, having a PT background and being eligible for physical therapy licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts would be a plus.
  • Application materials include an updated CV, a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications, and up to three relevant scientific papers. Please submit the names and contact information for up to three references. Applicants can apply online at https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/10113.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Motion Tracking, Wearable Sensors, Estimation, Machine Learning

  • The Harvard Biodesign Lab invites applications for an immediate opening on a research project focused on connected systems for tracking strength training exercises. The role will involve being part of a multidisciplinary team working on a connected fitness project using wearable sensors to estimate amount and quality of motions for upper and lower bodies during strength training. Experience with machine learning is a big plus. A candidate would be expected to work with the team of engineers and an exercise scientist to develop algorithms and help administering user testing.
  • The candidate should have:
    • A Ph.D. in computer science, mechatronics, or biomechanics.
    • Extensive experience using IMUs, signal processing, calibration and data fusion for motion tracking.
    • Strong organizational, motivation, and communication skills are strongly preferred. A passion for sports, biomechanics and technology is also highly desired.
  • Application materials include an updated CV, a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications, and up to three relevant scientific papers. Please submit the names and contact information for up to three references. Applicants can apply online at https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/10115.

Fellow in Industrial Design

  • The Harvard University Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) and the Social Technology for Global Aging Research Initiative seek a talented and creative Fellow to contribute to ethnographic research on challenges faced by the elderly as part of a collaboration between US and Chinese research teams. The individual will support ongoing research and translational efforts and interact with other researchers as well as external collaborators and stakeholders. Working closely with faculty, staff and other research team members, the candidate is specifically expected to interact with potential end-users of technologies, such as elderly individuals, their families and caregivers and identify unmet clinical needs that may be used to motivate technology development. Develop an understanding of the functional requirements of various solution embodiments through focus groups, literature reviews, discussions with all relevant stakeholders. Document findings and in collaboration with other researchers, staff and faculty develop and test engineering concepts against identified user needs. Provide design input, contribute to material selection for soft goods, perform iterative fabrication for wearable and virtual prototypes in multiple mediums including textiles with a focus on proof-of-concept prototypes. Create technical drawings / sketches / graphics and representations of concept designs such that construction information and strategic concepts can be reviewed by other team members and used for reports, presentations, and internal team meetings. Collaborate with team to test prototypes for functionality and usability with target audiences, collect and document feedback, and identify necessary metrics to measure and optimize various system parameters against functional requirements.
  • This position is for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year.
  • The candidate should have:
    • Bachelor and MS degrees in Industrial Design or related discipline.
    • At least three years of relevant post undergraduate degree experience with interacting with end-users to clearly identify design opportunities, human factors studies, ethnographic research, making multi-dimensional design tradeoffs, creating sketches of design concepts during ideation, creating sketch models to show to end-users and team members. The ideal candidate will have the following additional qualifications: The ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team environment. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Excellent time management and attention to detail. Ability to work on-site in Boston, MA for one year with the possibility of extending based on performance. Ability and interest in travel to China as part of research collaboration. Experience with wearable devices is preferred, but not required. Strong 2D (sketching) and 3D (model making, prototyping) visualization skills. Ability to work at all levels to accomplish team goals.
    • Strong organizational, motivation, and communication skills are strongly preferred. A passion for sports, biomechanics and technology is also highly desired.
  • Application materials include an updated CV, a cover letter describing research interests and links to any relevant prior work, as well as the names and contact information for up to three references. Please submit the names and contact information for up to three references. Applicants can apply online at https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/10150.

Staff electrical / embedded systems engineer

  • This role will involve contributing to the design and construction of various low-power embedded electrical systems, instrumentation and components for wearable robotic applications. The candidate will develop functional and technical requirements with an engineering and biomechanics team and interpret these into system specifications and prototypes. Possess and utilize an in-depth knowledge of embedded C/C++ programming for common low-power microprocessor families (PIC, ARM, etc.). Possess and utilize a working knowledge of electrical hardware design (understand schematics, probe signals, and debug embedded systems). Participate in custom circuit design and PCB layouts in collaboration with other project team members and interface with outside vendors to fabricate necessary components. The role will involve collaborative projects within Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions that focus on high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development.

 

Graduate students

Postdoctoral and fellow positions

  • We are also happy to be contacted by postdoctoral researchers and research fellow candidates in the fields of mechanical design, controls, sensors and biomechanics. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Robotics, Mechatronics, Material Science, Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Movement Science, Physiology or related field and a proven track record of high quality publications. The candidates should have a strong interest in contributing to multidisciplinary teams (engineers, computer scientists, physiologists, bioengineers and clinicians) and will be expected to publish scholarly papers and attend international conferences, as well as take on a mentorship role for undergraduate and graduate students. Previous experience in human subjects studies with wearable robots is highly desirable.  Applications for postdoc positions, assembled as a single PDF file, should contain a complete resume, cover letter describing research interests and goals, full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, as well as the names and contact information of three references (expected to provide letters of recommendation). Applications should be sent to Conor Walsh, walsh@seas.harvard.edu

Undergraduate students

  • There are both term-time and summer opportunities for undergraduate students to work on research projects in the Biodesign lab. Students should email Professor Walsh explaining their interest in working in the lab and include their resume. Long-term commitments of at least a year are preferred. Applications should be received at least a semester in advance, so students who would like to do their ES100 senior design projects should get in touch by May of their junior year. Harvard has many resources and programs to support and fund undergraduate research. The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (http://uraf.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do) is an excellent resource for students.

We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Harvard University is 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.