Postdoctoral & Fellow Positions

Postdoctoral Fellowship on Small Organic Molecule Synthetic Chemistry for Grid-Scale Electrical Energy Storage

A postdoctoral fellow position is available for the synthesis and testing of redox-active small organic molecules for electrical energy storage, such as the electrochemical couples used in the flow batteries described in [1]-[3]. The position is for one year and may be extended for a second year if performance justifies continued funding.

The cost of wind and photovoltaic (PV) electricity have dropped so rapidly that their intermittency is the greatest remaining technical obstacle to getting the vast majority of our electricity from these safe, renewable sources. Grid-scale storage could solve this problem, but currently no cost-effective solution exists to this large-scale storage problem.

The advantages of liquid flow batteries are giving them increased attention for grid-scale electrical storage. Conventional solid electrode batteries can maintain peak discharge power for less than an hour before being drained, whereas several hours to days are required to match variable sources like wind and PV with the fluctuating demand for electricity. In a flow battery, the discharge time may be made as long as needed by increasing the size of the storage tanks for the liquid reactants and products. Liquid flow batteries can also last for many more cycles than solid batteries, whose electrodes degrade after a limited number of cycles.

With Harvard's new approach to aqueous flow battery chemistry, electrical energy is stored through electrochemical redox reactions of small organic molecules, and returned to the grid through the reversal of these reactions.  This particular approach has advantages over other flow battery chemistries, including high power density, inexpensive chemicals, energy storage in the form of safer liquids, and inexpensive components. The novelty of the aqueous organic redox approach creates great opportunities for improvement of performance by the design and synthesis of new organic molecules.

This research project is an internal collaboration between the experimental chemistry group of Prof. Roy Gordon of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the materials group of Prof. Michael Aziz in SEAS, and the theoretical chemistry group of Prof. Alan Aspuru-Guzik in CCB. They also work with external collaborators who synthesize membranes of selective permeability to work well in conjunction with Harvard's redox-active molecules. In the Gordon lab the researcher who takes this position will synthesize molecules predicted by the Aspuru-Guzik group to be advantageous when operating with membranes under development by the external collaborators, and will characterize them in collaboration with others in the Gordon and Aziz laboratories. S/he will also contribute to the fabrication and performance evaluation of laboratory scale flow cells comprising these molecules and membranes synthesized by external collaborators.

Requirements:

  • All the work for a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Electrochemistry, or a related field must be completed by June 2017.
  • Demonstrated strong skills in organic synthesis.
  • Some familiarity with large-scale industrial chemistry.
  • Pragmatism in meeting project deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Availability to begin the position by June 2017.

Interested parties should submit a C.V. including a list of publications, two publications of which they're proudest, and contact information for at least two professional references to: http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7397

Full consideration will be given to all applications received by March 1, 2017; applications received thereafter will be considered until the position is filled.

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, or any other characteristic protected by law.

REFERENCES

[1] B. Huskinson, M.P. Marshak, C. Suh, S. Er, M.R. Gerhardt, C.J. Galvin, X. Chen, A. Aspuru-Guzik, R.G. Gordon and M.J. Aziz, "A metal-free organic-inorganic aqueous flow battery", Nature 505, 195 (2014), http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature12909 or http://aziz.seas.harvard.edu/files/azizgroup/files/mja240.pdf

[2] K. Lin, Q. Chen, M.R. Gerhardt, L. Tong, S.B. Kim, L. Eisenach, A.W. Valle, D. Hardee, R.G. Gordon, M.J. Aziz and M.P. Marshak, "Alkaline Quinone Flow Battery", Science 349, 1529 (2015), http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aab3033 or http://aziz.seas.harvard.edu/files/azizgroup/files/mja255.pdf

[3] K. Lin, R. Gómez-Bombarelli, E.S. Beh, L. Tong, Q. Chen, A.W. Valle, A. Aspuru-Guzik, M.J. Aziz, and R.G. Gordon, "A redox flow battery with an alloxazine-based organic electrolyte", Nature Energy 1, 16102 (2016). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nenergy.2016.102 see also media coverage at http://aziz.seas.harvard.edu/electrochemistry#press

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling

A postdoctoral position is available in the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group at Harvard University (visit us at  http://acmg.seas.harvard.edu/ ). The successful candidate will initially work on inversion of satellite observations of atmospheric methane but will also have the opportunity to work on a wide range of other atmospheric composition problems. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry and experience in modeling. Please email a curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and 1- paragraph statement of interest to Prof. Daniel J. Jacob (djacob@fas.harvard.edu ), School of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University.

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, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computer Vision for Neuroscience

The Visual Computing Group (vcg.seas.harvard.edu) in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University seeks motivated postdoctoral fellows with a Ph.D. in computer science/engineering, a computational area of biological science, or a related field to work on applied research projects in visual data analysis for neuroscience. The successful applicant will apply cutting edge computer vision and machine learning approaches (e.g., volume segmentation, object detection, automated tracking, image registration) to process and analyze microscopy data. In addition to working closely with neuroscientists, industry partners, and graduate students on research projects, the candidate is expected to actively participate in writing grant proposals. Candidates should have a substantial publication history in top computer vision/ machine learning venues (CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, NIPS, ICML, etc.) and good teamwork and communication skills. Experience in deep learning and demonstrated capability to produce workable solutions from theoretical formulations is highly preferred. The position is available immediately, with guaranteed funding for 3 years. For more information, please forward your CV and at least three references to Michaela Kapp <michaela@seas.harvard.edu>.

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, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Widely Applied Mathematics

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University seeks applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship in widely applied mathematics, with an expected start date of August 15, 2017. The successful candidate will be expected to teach one applied mathematics course each year. This is a two-year appointment with a salary of $60,000 and $6,000 in annual research and travel support.

We are looking for applicants interested in an opportunity for independent research that complements that of the current faculty in Applied Mathematics, broadly interpreted, including those in the Harvard Paulson School, the Department of Physics, the Department of Earth and Planetary Science, the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and elsewhere at the University. Current faculty interests are in applied mathematics in biological, earth science, engineering and physical contexts, and especially in biophysics and soft materials.  For more information, see http://www.seas.harvard.edu/applied-mathematics

Candidates are required to have a doctorate or terminal degree in Applied Mathematics, Physics or a related area by the expected start date.

Required application documents include a cover letter, statement of research interests, a CV (including a list of publications), and names and contact information for three references. To apply, upload all required documents at https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/9464.  We encourage candidates to apply by December 15, 2016, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Postdoctoral Fellow Opening in Robot Grasping Systems in BioRobotics Lab at Harvard

The BioRobotics Lab at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences invites applications for an immediate postdoctoral fellow opening in reliable robot grasping. This position will work with a team developing real-world applications of robot systems. Expertise in experimental robotics is essential, and experience in robot hands, grasping, computer vision, and machine learning will be useful. For more information about our lab please visit http://biorobotics.harvard.edu.

To apply, please send a single pdf file with your CV (including publications), copies of up to three relevant papers, contact information for three references, and a one-page cover letter to howe@seas.harvard.edu.  This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal.

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, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Disease Biophysics Group Postdoctoral Fellow Positions

The Disease Biophysics Group has three open postdoctoral positions to be filled:
1) One position in skeletal muscle tissue engineering,
2) One position in cardiac muscle tissue engineering, and
3) One position in nanofibers and materials science (no biology background required).

Competitive candidates should have an earned doctorate in an appropriate field and a record of first author publications. Candidates should submit, as a single PDF file, their cover letter, CV, and first author publications. Three letters of recommendation will be requested after initial screening of applications. Please send materials to Prof Parker: kkparker at seas dot harvard dot edu.

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, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Bioinspired Robotics and Medical Device Design

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University invites applications for two postdoctoral fellow positions in the areas of bioinspired robotics and medical device design. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Materials Science, or a related field and a proven track record of high quality publications. The positions will involve close collaboration with Harvard-affiliated hospitals and the candidate should have a strong interest in contributing to multidisciplinary teams (engineers, computer scientists, physiologists, bioengineers and clinicians).

A range of research interests are possible within the themes of bioinspired robotics and medical device design; however, it is expected that mechanical design, robot control, biomechanical modeling of biological systems, mechanism design and kinematic analysis, device characterization and optimization, bioengineering as well as experimental/analytical mechanics will be key features of the research. Candidates with strong leadership experience, a broad range of technical skills and a track record in translating conceptual ideas into working prototypes will be strongly considered. Experience working in industry (fabrication and prototyping, sourcing components, working with vendors, creating part drawings and documentation) is a plus.

The postdoctoral fellows will be encouraged to explore clinical applications for their work, publish scholarly papers and attend international conferences as well as take on a mentorship role for undergraduate and graduate students.

Applications, 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

The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things; to pursue the high-risk research that is fundamental to advance this effort; and to harness these insights to create biologically-inspired materials and devices to advance human health and improve the environment – thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and creating a more sustainable world. For additional information please visit our webpage: http://wyss.harvard.edu/

Applications should be sent to faculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu.

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, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Respiratory Cell Biology and Physiology for the Development of Biomimetic Microsystems Aimed at Modeling Pulmonary Disorders

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Biomimetic Microsystems platform. The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things; to pursue the high-risk research that is fundamental to advance this effort; and to harness these insights to create biologically-inspired materials and devices to advance human health and improve the environment – thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and creating a more sustainable world.

We seek outstanding postdoctoral applicants with expertise in respiratory cell biology and physiology and/or surface barrier (mucosal) inflammation to join an interdisciplinary team of biologists and engineers for the development of novel in vitro “organ-on-chip” microsystems technologies to study and model pulmonary disorders (Huh D et al. Science 2010). Applicants are expected to hold a PhD or MD and have a proven record of high quality publications in respiratory biology and/or surface barrier inflammation. Strong interest in contributing to multidisciplinary teams (engineers, biologists/physiologists, clinicians) is critical for this position. Expertise in in-vitro culture of respiratory cell lines and primary human cells, as well as knowledge of basic molecular biology concepts and techniques is a must. The ideal candidate would bring expertise in respiratory cell biology, physiology, and pathophysiology, with an interest in applying this expertise in combination with modern bioengineering methods such as microfabrication and microfluidics. This postdoctoral fellow is expected to develop and lead an interdisciplinary research project aimed at creating microengineered human “organ-on-chip” models and exploring their use for drug discovery applications.

Applications, assembled as single PDF files, 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 faculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu.

For additional information please visit our webpage:

http://wyss.harvard.edu/

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, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in Bio-Inspired Engineering

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a number of postdoctoral fellow positions. The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things; to pursue the high-risk research that is fundamental to advance this effort; and to harness these insights to create biologically inspired materials and devices to advance human health and improve the environment – thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and creating a more sustainable world.

A Ph.D. in a related field is required as is a background in synthetic biology, living materials or biological control. Candidates are specifically sought for the following enabling technology platforms: Adaptive Architecture and Robotics; Anticipatory Medical Devices; Biomaterials Evolution; Biomimetic Microsystems; and Programmable Nanomaterials. For more specific information, please visit our website at http://www.wyss.harvard.edu.

Applications, assembled as single pdf files, should contain a C.V., a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, and names and contact information for at least three writers of letters of recommendation, who might be contacted as references. Applications should be sent to postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu.

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, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Wyss Institute Technology Development Fellows

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University (http://www.wyss.harvard.edu) invites nominations of individuals of outstanding talent and technical skills for a number of Wyss Technology Development Fellow positions. Wyss Fellows will be provided with a competitive salary, and additional funds to support independent exploratory research. The Fellowships are intended for brilliant young women and men of great promise with outstanding technical expertise who have completed their doctoral degree within the last five years. Fellowships are awarded for up to three years.

Although Wyss Fellows will be granted more independence and a greater emphasis on technology creation and translation than other postdocs on campus, they can benefit from the role of Institute Core Faculty and members of the Advanced Technology Team as mentors.

A background in synthetic biology, living materials or biological control is required. Candidates are specifically sought for the following enabling technology platforms: Adaptive Architecture and Robotics; Anticipatory Medical Devices; Biomaterials Evolution, Biomimetic Microsystems; and Programmable Nanomaterials.

Interested applicants can obtain more information about the application process and can download the nomination sheet on the Wyss Institute website at:

http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewpage/150/wyss-fellowship.

Applications should be sent to wyssfellows@wyss.harvard.edu.

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, or any other characteristic protected by law.