Harvard University John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Location: USA - MA - Allston
Internal Number: 60291BR
The John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University (SEAS) seeks a talented, creative and enthusiastic individual to contribute to the design and development of highly efficient and lightweight actuators with flexible transmission systems for wearable robotic applications. In this interactive role, you will work with a team of engineers, researchers, designers, and clinicians to drive the innovation, evolution, and maintenance of and a broad set of electromechanical systems.
Reporting to the Harvard Biodesign Lab faculty PI and collaborating closely with other researchers, you will develop functional and technical requirements with an engineering and biomechanics team and interpret these into system specifications and prototypes. This important and exciting work will support the lab's research, product development, and technology translation efforts.
Collaborate with other team members to develop design specifications for actuation, transmission and interface components for various wearable robot embodiments and contribute to the conceptualization, detailed design, fabrication, and testing of these components.
Develop design specifications for mechanical and electrical components for various new wearable robot technologies and contribute to the conceptualization, detailed design, fabrication, and testing of these components to ensure that design specifications are met.
Interface with other engineering, science and biomechanics team members to develop work plans for how various components will be integrated into functional wearable robotic devices.
Create technical drawings / sketches and representations of conceptual and detailed designs so that they can be shared with team members and outside vendors.
Assist with the organization of research activities across mechanical, electrical, apparel and control domains for wearable robotics projects, paying attention to time frames and costs.
Assist with the testing of wearable robotic components on bench top models and during lab-based and field- based human subjects testing experiments.
Collect and document feedback and identify necessary metrics to measure and optimize various system parameters against functional requirements as well as identifying new technologies applicable to wearable robotic systems.
Contribute in the preparation of demonstration prototypes, internal reports, patent applications and presentations.
Reporting on goals and deliverables to all project stakeholders, and driving accountability within projects, and tracking progress through regular team meetings.
Conduct laboratory management; Define requirements of research projects and ensuring adequate resources, supply inventory and good laboratory practices by liaising with lab PI and project leads, Harvard Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), facilities and purchasing. Create and administer lab systems, practices, policies, and procedures and train other lab members. Ensuring good lab organization for equipment, tools, workspaces and projects.
As appropriate, contribute to projects as part of a new initiative, the Harvard Move Lab, across different research groups within Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions that focus on high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development.
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 staff positions.
This role will be based full-time on campus at our new Science & Engineering Complex in Allston, MA.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including generous paid vacation, sick and personal days, 12.5 paid holidays, and paid winter recess between Christmas and New Years' Day. $40 tuition per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools, and much, much more. For more details, please visit www.hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards.
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BS in mechanical engineering or related engineering degree. Minimum of 5 years of experience with electromechanical design projects or related experience. Advanced education may count toward years of experience.
Experience in mechanical design (including mechanism design, kinematics and dynamics, mechanics and optimization) and simulation software (e.g. SolidWorks, ProE, Matlab, AutoCAD, CATIA, etc).
Hands-on experience with prototyping, machining (CNC), and 3D printing required.
Experience in material selection and characterization of performance (stress testing, fatigue analysis).
Experience with flexible power transmission design is desirable.
Experience with data acquisition (e.g. Matlab) for experimental electro-mechanical systems required; previous experience in robotics, medical device design, human interface design, quality systems, and/or mechanical testing are highly desirable.
Knowledge and experience working with various tooling/manufacturing sources and component vendors is a plus. Knowledge of engineering documentation and lab procedures desirable.
Strong organizational skills, creativity, motivation, and communication (oral and written) ability required. Willing to tackle multiple projects simultaneously in a dynamic team environment.
Prior experience in software development or use pertaining to data acquisition and control is beneficial.
Candidates must have a willingness to work outside of their discipline to accomplish project goals.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Harvard University John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.