Research Assistant III- Predictive Bioanalytics

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University

Boston, MA

ID: 7087019
Posted: October 12, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About us:
The Wyss Institute’s mission is to transform healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. We harness the freedom of academia and the focus of industry in order to translate revolutionary technologies into commercial products and solutions. At the Wyss Institute, faculty from premier academic and clinical institutions, collaborate with staff scientists, postdocs, graduate students, industry experts, business development leaders, and entrepreneurs across disciplines to invent and de- risk new technologies that don’t just succeed at making it to the market – they disrupt it. We support research that universities, companies, and venture capital firms don’t fund because they view it as too risky. We prefer to use the word “challenging,” and we love challenges. For more information, visit:

About You:
You are a collaborative, impact-focused problem solver who wants to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to creating and commercializing novel approaches to global challenges in health care and sustainability. You have a BIG heart, small ego, and an extraordinary curiosity. You are coachable and care deeply about learning, growing and building with your team. You want the freedom to explore, to push the boundaries of what is possible, and to use your ambition to tackle challenging projects in a fast- paced, industry-focused environment. You enjoy working with diverse groups of people and leveraging your expertise to create innovations that can change the world.

About the role:
We are currently seeking a Research Assistant with experience in Bioinformatics to join our Predictive Bioanalytics team. Reporting to the Lead Staff Scientist, you will support the creation of end-to-end analytics for grants (e.g. with NIH and DARPA) and contribute to the translation of project-specific deliverables into generalized solutions that will be integrated with our new bioinformatic cloud ecosystem.

What you’ll do:
Contribute to a high-performance team culture that is mission-focused, ultra-collaborative, and intellectually engaging in a psychologically safe environment for new ideas and disruptive innovation.
Collaborate with other technicians, scientists and engineers to translate scientific problems into computational solutions and provide analytical support through the research process.
Contribute to the design and documentation of high-quality code in multiple languages (R, Python) to drive grant objectives and/or help to de-risk projects that may spin out of the Institute as start-up companies.
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.

What you'll need:
A minimum of one year post-secondary education and/or work experience in bioinformatics, software engineering, or data science using Python/R.
Some familiarity and basic skills in industry-grade tools including Git, Docker, cloud computing, Tableau/Looker/Preset, RStudio Desktop/Connect and/or Python IDEs, etc.

Desirable Skills:
College Background in biological sciences (major or minor) or demonstrable informal education in biological sciences preferred.
Additional courses or certifications in data science, engineering, cloud, and/or machine learning.

This is a one year term position with the possibility of renewal.

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. 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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