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

Postdoc, Research fellow at Harvard: Motion tracking, Wearable sensors, Machine learning

  • The Harvard Biodesign Lab at the School of Engineering and Applied Science invites applications for postdoctoral and research fellows. 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. Extensive experience using IMUs, signal processing, calibration and data fusion for motion tracking is required. 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. A passion for sports, biomechanics and technology highly desired. Candidates should have a degree in computer science, mechatronics, or biomechanics. Accomplished Master’s degree and 1+ years of work experience; or a Bachelor’s degree with 3+ years of work experience; or a PhD degree. Strong organizational, motivation, and communication skills are required.
  • Applications, assembled as a single PDF file, should contain a complete resume, 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).

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.

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.