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Current open positions:

Bio-Soft Lithography Engineer

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

56177BR

Job Summary

The Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) at Harvard University seeks an enthusiastic, scientifically curious individual with a strong growth mindset to work within the Imaging and Analysis Group as a Scientist focused primarily on teaching and supporting researchers about microfluidic device fabrication and cell culture techniques.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

CNS is an open, shared-use facility that serves all of Harvard as well as external academic and industrial users.  CNS typically supports more than 1,700 users annually. Working under the supervision of the Imaging and Analysis Facility Manager, and in coordination with the other Imaging and Analysis staff at CNS, this person will assist in the day-to-day operation of the soft lithography fabrication laboratory at the Science and Engineering Complex in Allston, MA the soft lithography fabrication laboratory and the cell culture laboratory both in the Laboratory for Science and Engineering Cambridge, MA.

Day to day operations of these labs include teaching users safe and correct tool operation and working with users on experimental design, device design, sample preparation, data analysis, and data interpretation.
The candidate should be excited about teaching and assisting researchers in their scientific endeavors.  The mission of this position is to enable and support other researchers’ scientific and engineering endeavors.  Strong teaching and interpersonal skills, e.g. approachability, patience, adaptability, confidence, ability to provide clear and concise explanations of complicated concepts, creativity, critical thinking, etc. are essential for this position.
There is also a fair component of equipment maintenance, equipment trouble shooting, and general shared use lab management in the day-to-day operations of these labs.
The candidate needs to be comfortable in a dynamic and fast paced environment assisting users on a wide variety of different types of projects from all across the range of biological and physical sciences. The candidate must have the willingness and the ability to quickly become an expert on a variety of topics.  Being a science generalist is key to success in this position.

The incumbent will become resource for the CNS scientific community and must have strong written and verbal communication skills to convey information effectively and efficiently.
The candidate will also on occasion perform work for remote CNS users.  Detailed record keeping of instrument activity, experimental results, maintenance, and repair logs, and authoring of standard operating procedures is expected.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, applied physics, materials science and engineering, or equivalent experience.

Experience in the operation of microfluidic device fabrication, cell culture techniques, and in general lab management.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • The candidate should be self-motivated and able to work independently with a strong desire to acquire on-the-job training, to succeed, and to develop intellectual, and practical professional skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in teams and with graduate and undergraduate students is essential.
  • The candidate must have significant experience in a variety of laboratory environments and be fully comfortable working in a lab environment on a wide variety of tools and projects.
  • Expertise in microfluidic device design and fabrication.
  • Expertise in aseptic techniques for cell culturing.
  • Familiarity with rapid prototyping such as laser cutting and 3D printing.
  • Familiarity with safe handling of nanoparticles
  • Familiarity with gas adsorption for surface area and porosity measurements, and chemisorption and dynamic adsorption studies for characterizing active surfaces.
  • Familiarity with of fluorescence plate readers, dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements, zeta potential measurements, freeze dryers, ball mills, stylus profilers, optical microscopes.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to work in an imaging facility, cleanroom, biological, chemical, and characterization laboratory environments.

Will work around compressed gases, cryogens, ovens, acids, bases, oxidizers, solvents, vacuum pump oils, and other chemicals. Must be very dexterous; may be required to work on large and small assemblies.

Ability to lift 50 lbs on occasion.

Working Conditions

Laboratories (BL2, BL1, cleanroom) and office setting.

Additional Information

This work is performed on campus in Cambridge, MA

COVID Vaccine Policy 

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members.  Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons.  More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

Laboratory Technician

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

56753BR

Job Summary

The Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) at Harvard University seeks a talented, enthusiastic individual to work with the Imaging and Analysis Group as a laboratory technician providing services to CNS, and maintaining state-of-the-art laboratories and scientific equipment. CNS is an open, shared-use facility that serves all of Harvard as well as external academic and industrial users. Working under the supervision of the Director of Imaging and Analysis, this person will be providing training, technical support and immediate service for more than a thousand CNS users.  This position will be a technical support position for the Imaging, Materials and Soft Lithography areas of CNS.

They give room safety trainings for the three labs and specific tool safety trainings in those labs. Will keep the laboratories functioning by having all the tools in service and in good maintenance, and by having them stocked with all supplies the users might need to perform their experiments. Will provide excellent technical training and troubleshooting aiding the CNS users in their research efforts.

Laboratory Technician to work within the Imaging and Analysis Group as a laboratory technician to help manage the day-to-day operations of the laboratories overseen by the Imaging and Analysis group covering approximately 30 different rooms of research laboratory space and more than 250 pieces of equipment. Day-to-day duties in these labs include but are not limited include ordering supplies, stocking labs, general lab housekeeping, managing lab waste, changing gas cylinders, changing liquid nitrogen tanks, some equipment trouble shooting and maintenance, managing equipment service visits, etc.

Working under the supervision of the Imaging and Analysis Facility Manager, and in coordination with the other Imaging and Analysis staff at CNS, this person will assist in the day-to-day operation of the soft lithography fabrication laboratory at the Science and Engineering Complex in Allston, MA the soft lithography fabrication laboratory and the cell culture laboratory both in the Laboratory for Science and Engineering Cambridge, MA

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Ordering supplies and consumables for the lab In charge of ordering supplies and keeping inventory for Cambridge and Allston CNS facilities  Including restocking materials and consumables for the labs and general lab housekeeping

Managing Lab Waste/Radioactive and Toxic Waste. Managing waste disposal of the facilities, performing daily checks on satellite waste collection areas. Taking out the Biohazard bins, liquid bio-waste, chemical waste disposals. Maintaining a safe area for users.

Equipment trouble shooting and maintenance. Responsible for covering support, and maintenance of each tool. Includes changing gas cylinders, changing liquid nitrogen tanks

Managing equipment service visits – Managing and coordinating with outside suppliers for equipment service when and as required, PM visits.

Training users on lab operations and equipment. Giving trainings to CNS users.

Safety/Compliance Officer – Acting as the Safety Officer, ensuring the laboratories are used correctly and in full compliance with procedures and policies. Providing safety training to all new users. In charge of annual and semi/annual safety inspections, primary contact for that as well. Attending monthly safety meetings (PEL meetings) given by Harvard EHS.

 

Basic Qualifications

A science degree, BSc or equivalent, experience may count towards degree.

Skills and Experience:

  • Two or more years related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory protocols and abilities in laboratory techniques are required.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Proficient with computer technologies, including Microsoft Office Suite, electronic mail, internet applications, network-based systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Project Management experience, good personal skills for dealing with customers, contractors and other services, conflict management, customer service experience.
  • Hands on laboratory experience, experience interfacing with vendors and contractors, getting facilities prepared for the installation of new tools, communication skills for trainings, flexible schedule to be able to react to late-night or weekend alarms, safety officer experience, etc.
  • Ability to use a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and train users would be advantageous.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to work in imaging facility, cleanroom, biological, chemical, and characterization laboratory environments.

Will work around compressed gases, cryogens, ovens, acids, bases, oxidizers, solvents, vacuum pump oils, and other chemicals. Must be very dexterous; may be required to work on large and small assemblies.

Ability to lift 50 lbs on occasion. Moving gas cylinders required.

Working Conditions

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. 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: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

 

Please apply at https://jobs.wrk.xyz/axoft/22947

For any questions, please email info@axoft.us

 

Microfabrication Engineer

at Axoft

Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

Axoft is building the most advanced and scalable platform for implantable brain-machine interfaces. Our mission is to enable minimally invasive, long-term stable and ultra-high bandwidth communication with the brain, opening new therapies and treatments against neurological disorders and physical disabilities. We have bridged the gap between electronic and biological materials to create the softest, nanofabricated brain implants in the world. We are now looking to add talented people to the team who are passionate, deliver results, and are committed to finding creative solutions to complex problems. Axoft is looking for candidates who have demonstrated exceptional abilities and results in their previous professional, academic and interpersonal experiences and have the skillset that fits this job offer.

As a microfabrication engineer at Axoft, you will be working in nanofabrication facilities to manufacture the smallest and softest microelectrodes in the world, for surgical implantation into the brain. You will be responsible for designing new devices, process wafers at various steps, such as lithography (mask-based and maskless), thin film deposition, dry etch, wet etch, wafer inspection, film characterization and quality control. Strong experience in polymer science and polymer chemistry is also preferred, for development of in-house materials.

 

About you:

  • You embrace challenges at work, and you enjoy solving complex problems by breaking it down into achievable goals.
  • You are thoughtful and creative, but you are also execution oriented, with a clear focus on delivering a simple, implementable, scalable solution.
  • You love multi-disciplinary environments and thrive when working with various teams of engineers and scientists.
  • You are ingenious and independent but know how to leverage the experience of your team.

Key qualifications:

  • Desire to work reliably with small and delicate processes where precision is critical.
  • 2+ years of experience in a cleanroom environment / with microelectronics fabrication.
  • Ph.D. or M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or other related field.
  • Solid understanding of materials sciences and bioelectronics.
  • High attention to detail and a phenomenal work ethic.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Preferred qualifications:

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in the relevant disciplines.
  • 5+ years of experience in a medical devices or nanofabrication manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with production tools and best practices, such as work orders, issue tracking, inventory, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma.
  • Experience with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP’s).

Your responsibilities:

  • Collaborate and report to the CEO about the general progress and strategy for device design and fabrication.
  • Production of engineering documents, processes, and workflows
  • Maintain good organizational relationships with other departments and engineering disciplines.
  • Help the operations team to build and orchestrate Axoft’s nanofabrication sites.
  • Grow into being a future team leader.

What we offer:

  • An opportunity to work with a team of experts on one of the most exciting problems in the word and change lives.
  • Career growth opportunities that fit your potential.
  • Comprehensive benefits plan including health and dental insurance; parental leave.
  • Flexible paid time off.

 

Axoft’s ideal team members are people who seek fast-paced, evolving work with bright, thoughtful, and dedicated teammates. We seek and embrace challenges, and we are ultimately focused on improving the health and well-being of people. We believe in producing the highest quality work, and we hold ourselves and each other to high standards of integrity, accountability, growth, and trust.

 

Axoft provides equal opportunity in all our employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military status, genetic information or any other category protected by federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transfer, disciplinary action, layoff, return from layoff, training and social, and recreational programs. All such employment decisions will be made without unlawfully discriminating on any prohibited basis.

 

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