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Harvard University Sr Rsrch Lead Wearable Tech in Cambridge, Massachusetts

62483BRAuto req ID:62483BRJob Code:395059 Engineer Department Office Location:USA - MA - Allston Business Title:Senior Research Lead for Wearable TechnologySub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :059Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a related discipline, plus a minimum of 8+ years of related experience. An advanced degree in a related discipline may count towards years of experience.

  • Must have experience working with wearable robotics and/or other related technologies for interfacing with humans.

  • Experience with project management and/or leading teams.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience with research and development with a focus on developing advanced prototypes through a user-centric design process.

  • Experience with product development.

  • A track record in developing innovative technologies and aiding in their translation to start-ups or industry partners.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated track record of effective team collaboration.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects with a high degree of independence.

  • Experience with software development and common tools related to research.

Bonus skills/experience:

  • An advanced degree in science or engineering.

  • Experience with academic research funding, writing grants and reporting to funding sources.

  • Knowledge and experience working with manufacturing sources and component vendors.

  • Experience working in an active learning environment is a plus (hands-on skills teaching, tutoring, and/or mentoring).

Additional Information:

  • This is a 2-year term position with the possibility of renewal

  • Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to be considered for this position

  • The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions

  • This role will be based full-time on campus at our new Science & Engineering complex (SEC) in Allston, MA.

  • Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine 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:

About SEAS

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences serves as the connector and integrator of Harvard’s teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology. Our core tenets are educating broad-minded students; interdisciplinary research; integration across disciplines; and balancing theory, experimentation, and practice to create an unmatched environment for learning and exploration. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, we bring discovery and innovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information about us, please visit

SEAS Commitment to Diversity

SEAS is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment. Some of our core values include respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. n, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

Department:SEAS Research StaffPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Technical Position Description:


  • Lead multidisciplinary research and technology development projects centered around human performance enhancement with a focus in wearable technology, collaborative robotics, rehabilitation, and digital health and help establish the Move Lab as an internationally recognized leader in this area.

  • Perform independent research and collaborate with other engineering, science, biomechanics and clinical team members to develop and test functional devices and systems in human subject experiments.

Strategic Planning:

  • Work with Move Lab leadership to set strategic and longer-range research plans/directions based on a thorough understanding of available technologies, scientific landscape, and market needs.

  • Create research and technology development project plans with specific tasks that integrate efforts across multiple disciplines and expertise of different faculty research groups.

Project Management:

  • Understand high level project objectives and key stakeholder expectations. Build and maintain actionable research plans across disciplines to meet those objectives.

  • Regularly meet with the team to articulate and drive project milestones and ensure that project deliverables are on track.

  • Report on research goals and deliverables to all project stakeholders, and drive accountability within projects, and track progress through regular team meetings.

  • Assess and identify resource gaps when budget, skill, or schedule constraints arise.

  • Contribute to the preparation of internal reports, patent applications, scientific manuscripts and presentations.

  • Participate in writing research proposals and reports to funding agencies.

Mentoring of students:

  • Mentor graduate students, postdocs and staff on research and technology development projects, providing leadership and expertise regarding specific project goals and deliverables. Supervise day-to-day activities and provide feedback on performance. Manage outside vendors as needed.

  • Interact regularly with affiliated faculty and create connections across institutions.

Perform other duties as required.

School/Unit:Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences EEO Statement:We are 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.Working Conditions:

The work is performed in an on-campus lab setting.

Job Summary:

Are you excited by working on cutting edge research in the area of enhancing human performance and transitioning it to usable products? Do you want to help enable aging individuals to stay active and healthy, help those recovering from injury to perform data driven rehabilitation from the comfort of their home, help athletes train and recover better, and help workers reduce their injury risks? If this excites you, come and join our collaborative team at the Harvard Move Lab!

In this role you will work with researchers in control systems, materials science, bioengineering, and other exciting fields to explore new ideas in biometrics and assistive devices. You will develop high-quality products for an array of applications from initial specification to full deployment in homes and communities. This role will afford the successful candidate a unique opportunity to witness their work having a direct and meaningful impact on peoples’ lives, and the potential to pursue their passions with like-minded innovators and possibly be involved with start-ups that may launch from Harvard.

The Harvard Move Lab is assembling the tools, space, expertise, and relationships necessary to support entrepreneurial teams to launch new ventures and bring these innovations to life. The successful candidate will be joining an exciting innovation ecosystem in our new Science and Engineering Complex in Allston, next to the Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Harvard Innovation Labs. Learn more about us at

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with 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 program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:On-Site