August 21, 2015
This Week in HST
Volume 16, Number 43

HST Community Notices


Course Information &
Academic Resources

Conferences, Lectures & Seminars

Student Opportunities

Professional Opportunities

Career Programs

HST Community Notices



Students and faculty are warmly invited to participate in HST's annual Faculty Poster Session--designed to inform MD and PhD students about research opportunities and to allow faculty to recruit new students to their labs.  
This year’s session will take place:
  • Thursday, September 24, 2015
  • 5-7pm 
  • Harvard Medical School, TMEC Atrium
    Refreshments will be served.
Posters may take any form in a 4' by 4' format, ranging from an overview of an entire research portfolio to sample results of a recent research project.  
Faculty and students may register a poster at

If you have any questions, please write to



MEMP PhD candidate, Ben Mead and his team from Jeff Karp's lab took home two poster prizes (of four awarded)  at the prestigious Kenneth Rainin Foundation Innovations Symposium: Wound Healing, Repair and IBD, held in San Francisco on July 20-21, 2015. More information on the symposium and the posters can be found here.

Congratulations to Ben and team and Jeff!


  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015
  • 4:30-7:30pm
  • HMS Quadrangle, Longwood Ave., Boston
Music!  Food!  Beverages!  Good Company!
RSVP to Patty Cunningham (
Enjoy the summer!



The IMES Distinguished Speaker Series invites you to attend a lecture by Dr. Helen Mayberg.
"Targeted Therapeutic Modulation of Depression Circuits using Deep Brain Stimulation" 
  • Thursday, September 17, 2015
  • 4:30pm
  • E25-111
Helen Mayberg, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Radiology and the Dorothy Fuqua Chair in Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics at Emory University.  Over the last 25 years, her multi-disciplinary depression research team has worked to integrate cutting-edge imaging strategies, quantitative behavioral and psychophysiological metrics, and experimental treatment trials to define brain-based biomarkers that can optimize treatment selection for individual patients.  This work was foundational for the first studies of subcallosal cingulate deep brain stimulation for treatment resistant depression and remains the cornerstone of current studies to both refine and optimize DBS implementation and characterize network mechanisms mediating its antidepressant effects. Dr. Mayberg is a neurologist, trained at Columbia's Neurological Institute in New York, with fellowship training in nuclear medicine at Johns Hopkins. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, among other honors, and participates in a wide variety of advisory and scientific activities across multiple fields in neuroscience.  
Deep Brain Stimulation is an emerging treatment strategy for patients with intractable depression with imaging playing a crucial role in the development, testing and refinement of the procedure. Multimodal modeling of structural and functional connections combined with real-time behavioral, autonomic and electrophysiological metrics are now used to more precisely identify the optimal target location as well as track long-term stimulation effects. Together these studies offer a unique perspective on critical pathways and mechanisms mediating antidepressant effects of DBS, and on the pathophysiology of treatment resistant depression more generally. 



Get to know about the path, accomplishments and current activities of selected Medical Engineering and Medical Physics (HST MEMP) alumni at the HST website here.


"Step outside your comfort zone. The perspective will surprise you."
The HST REFS want to remind you that they are here for you if you are feeling stressed, frustrated, or simply want to talk to someone. The team is made up of five past and present HST students who are formally trained in mediation services, and can provide confidentiality and function independently of MIT. They are here to be your first point of contact for a range of issues including conflicts within lab or matters of a more personal nature. For more information about them, visit:
Any of the REFS are available for scheduled meetings at a mutually convenient time and location, so please feel free to email them at

Course Information & Academic Resources

We are now accepting applications for Harvard Catalyst’s Medical Device Development course. This two-day course will provide an introduction to medical device innovation, development, and translation. We appreciate all of your efforts to promote this course to your academic and professional community.
Medical Device Development
  • October 29-30, 2015
  • Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge, MA
  • Apply by September 18, 2015!
This course is tuition-free for Harvard-affiliated institutions.  
For more information and a detailed description of Medical Device Development, please visit
Contact us at with any questions.
Joanna Chang, Education Program Developer, Harvard Catalyst - 107 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-432-7113, Fax: 617-432-1560
Casey Falla, Education Program Coordinator, Harvard Catalyst - 107 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-432-7812, Fax: 617-432-1560
Do you have an idea you’d like to commercialize? Would you like to use Boston’s top scientific minds to help you build a business plan, get feedback from leading entrepreneurs & venture capitalists, and take the next step towards commercializing your biomedical brainchild?
You are invited to submit a biomedical idea/invention for use in the 2015 Healthcare Innovation and Commercialization course. Submission will be reviewed based on commercialization potential, originality, and clinical relevance.
PI’s, postdocs, and students are all encouraged to submit their inventions, which will be protected by NDA agreements from course participants.
Please email your idea as a 1-page pdf document to

Submitted ideas should include the following: 
1) A brief description of yourself and your motivation to submit your idea
2) Brief background on the problem you're trying to solve
3) Description of your proposed solution
Please visit for more information. 
We look forward to hearing about your innovative ideas!
HIC Team 2015
10.807/15.371 INNOVATION TEAMS (“I-TEAMS”)
  • Wednesdays 4:30-7pm & Fridays 9-10:30am
  • 32-124
  • 12 units
Instructors: Dr. Luis Perez-Breva (School of Engineering), Dr. Noubar Afeyan (Flagship Ventures & MIT Sloan), Prof. Fiona Murray (MIT Sloan & Trust Center for Entrepreneurship)
“Innovation Teams is the class that transforms MIT technologies to ones that can impact the world.”
Course Description:

i-Teams is a graduate course offered jointly between the Schools of Engineering and Management. Students choose from a set of recent breakthrough technologies selected by the Class Faculty from MIT labs on the basis of their excitement and commercial potential.  Working in cross-disciplinary teams of 3-5 class peers plus an industry “catalyst”, students focus throughout the semester on exploring a commercialization strategy for their technology and developing a final recommendation for the next steps and the best vehicle to bring the project to impact (e.g. startup, license, NGO).

Course Objectives:
  • Synthesize opportunities for innovation by iterating between technology and the market
  • Identify and leverage resources in an innovation ecosystem
  • Create an actionable go-to-market plan
  • Work with peers from different disciplines
Course Composition:
Approximately 50% of students are from the Sloan School and 50% are Graduate Students from the Schools of Engineering, Science, Architecture and HASS.   No experience is necessary.  Successful students come with an interest in innovation and a readiness to engage in the innovation process.  Advanced undergrads may take the class with instructor approval.
Enrollment is limited.  Priority will be given to students who apply early.  Please visit the i-Teams website at for application and registration details or email with any questions.
This course provides the full background necessary for understanding functional MRI and the instruction on designing and conducting fMRI studies in the human brain, including data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation.
In-depth coverage of the physics of MR signal generation and image encoding, the mechanisms of anatomical and functional contrasts, the physiological basis of the fMRI signals, cerebral hemodynamics, and neurovascular coupling are provided. Basic neuroanatomy, vascular anatomy, and physiology are reviewed.
Design methods for stimulus-, task-driven and resting-state fMRI experiments will be taught; workflows for model-based and data-driven analysis methods for fMRI data are taught. Brain structure analysis and automatic segmentation and registration methods for surface- and region-based analyses of fMRI data are taught.
Guided exploration of special advanced topics including accelerated parallel imaging and Simultaneous Multi-Slice (MultiBand) imaging, ultra-high spatial and temporal resolution imaging, new insights into neurovascular coupling, integrating functional MRI with diffusion MRI data, connectomics, Big Data analysis and machine learning, are offered in discussion sections.
Human subject issues including informed consent, institutional review board requirements and safety in environments with high magnetic field strengths are presented.
Two lectures per week, one laboratory session per week, and one discussion session per week. Laboratory sessions include fMRI data acquisition sessions at the 3 Tesla MRI scanner at MIT and the Connectom and 7 Tesla scanners at the Martinos Center @ MGH, Charlestown, as well as hands-on data analysis workshops.
Assignments include readings of textbook chapters and primary literature as well as fMRI data analysis in the laboratory sessions. Knowledge of basic probability & statistics and linear algebra required; introductory or college-level neurobiology, physics, and signal processing would be helpful.
Course Directors: Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli and Jonathan Polimeni
Laboratory Director: Anastasia Yendiki
Instructors: R. L. Gollub, L. Wald, B. Dickerson, S. Whitfield-Gabrieli, D. Bolar, J. Polimeni, D. Salat, M. Vangel, D. Greve, S. Pujol, D. McLaren, L. Nickerson, J. Augustinack, M. Sabuncu, K. Setsompop, J. Cohen-Adad, S. Ghosh, E. Konukoglu, A. Takahashi, T. Witzel, B. Rosen, A. Yendiki.
For more information, contact Sue Whitfield-Gabrieli, Ph.D. or Jon Polimeni, Ph.D., visit the HST583 Course Website or download the course flyer.
Next semester, we are running the fourth year of a class to teach the process of creating new ventures in healthcare.  The class will be an interdisciplinary mix of engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and clinicians. Check out the details below and please feel free to email me with any questions! Also – this is now an official HST class – this will be the first year we are offering this course with a designated HST catalog number!
What: 15.367/HST.978 Healthcare Ventures: a scientific approach to starting healthcare and medical ventures 
When & Where: Tuesdays, 5-8pm; E25-117
Who: Anyone passionate about health and medicine (engineers, scientists, business students, and medical students) 
How: If you are interested, apply here:
Why do it: The goal of this class is to take ideas from Design Thinking and from the Lean Startup movement and combine them into a principled approach to starting companies in healthcare.  This approach leverages ideas of experimental design and hypothesis testing in order to accelerate the pace for evaluating and developing ideas and for positioning the idea to establish a new venture.  
We have recruited a group of very experienced faculty who, together with their network, will provide extensive mentoring through this process.  In short, this course will provide a supportive, near real-world experience to help you make your mark in the Biomedical arena - or at the very least - provide you with a durable educational experience that will benefit you long beyond your time at MIT.
This class is perfect for anyone with a new technology they want to turn into a company, or for anyone with a healthcare challenge in search of the perfect product, or just someone with the passion and energy to learn how to change healthcare.
The class will be led by Professor Martha Gray the J.W. Kieckhefer Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Zen Chu, Senior Lecturer at Sloan, and involves a variety of other faculty from the medical, engineering, and business communities.
Please feel free to reach out to the TA Chris Lee ( with any questions. We look forward to seeing you! 
The  Biology department is offering two new graduate courses in 2015-2016.  
The Hallmarks of Cancer (7.85) will be offered in fall 2015 and Protein Folding and Misfolding in Biology (7.87) will be offered in spring 2016.
Course descriptions are available here.


Conferences, Lectures & Seminars



    11th WINFOCUS World Congress on Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care Conference

    • October 22-2015
    • The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School (77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA)
    World Interactive Network Focused On Critical Ultrasound (WINFOCUS) is a multi-specialty, international organization that is now a decade old and helps to promote point of care utilization and education throughout the world.
    It will be a great group of super-users, highly interactive and informational and lots of networking opportunities!

    There will be special sessions on medical student curriculum development and a competency assessment discussion panel which might be of interest too.
    More information is available at:


    Vaccines and Therapeutics in the Developing World, Malaria and Beyond 
    • Thursday, October 1, 2015
    • 2–5:30pm
    • Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, New Research Building, HMS, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
    Congratulations to the 2015 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize recipients:
    Ruth S. Nussenzweig, Research Professor of Pathology, Professor Emerita of Microbiology and Pathology, 
    New York University Langone Medical Center
    Victor Nussenzweig, Research Professor of Pathology, Professor Emeritus of Pathology, New York University Langone Medical Center
    Tu Youyou, Professor and Director of the Qinghaosu Research Center, Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences



    Harvard University's Inaugural Forum on Population Health Equity, will be hosted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with generous support from the Aetna Foundation.

    • September 10-11, 2015 
    • Martin Conference Center, in the Harvard Longwood Area, of Boston, MA.
    We hope you will join us for the meeting, which will convene over 450 academics and professionals to network and hear domestic and global public health leaders address a range of population health equity issues, from racial inequities to macro-economic shocks.
    Registration for the meeting is free, but seats are limited. We encourage you to register today through the Forum website: or Facebook page:
    In the meantime, we hope you will encourage your colleagues, students and staff members to attend, as well as friend us Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@PopHealthEquity). 
    The latest agenda (also available online at, flyer, and promotional banner are attached for your reference, and to share with others. You can access additional information about our diverse faculty of speakers here:, as well as watch special Forum welcome messages here: and here:



    • October 30-November 1, 2015 
    • UMass, Boston

    LeadingAge has opened the application period for the 2015 LeadingAge HackFest, their annual event that challenges participants to “Engage with Age” by creating a technology-driven tool aimed at improving the lives of older adults and their families. Anyone with an interest in technology (you don't need to be a computer programmer) is encouraged to apply.

    A Youtube video about the event is available here.   

    Details about the event and an application to participate can be found at:



    • October 29-30, 2015 
    • Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, Boston
    This year's theme is The Internet of Healthy Things: Integrating Connected Health into Real World Care Delivery. The Symposium is a change-agent conference that promotes innovative thinking and the application of personal consumer health technologies to support new models of health care delivery.
    The Symposium consistently convenes a multi-disciplinary, diverse audience of 1,000 health leaders world-wide:  hospital executives, community-based MDs, health plan leaders, Fortune 500 employers, policy makers, researchers, technology developers, leading investors, patients, and advocates.
    Programming consists of TED style 20-minute keynotes, interactive panels, debates and interviews, demos of new and game-changing technologies, and an Exposition hall showcasing the latest global developments and innovations.
    For more information and to register, please visit the Symposium website:



    Boston has long been known as a medical mecca of scientific discovery. Boston’s healthcare professionals and administrators are adopting practices from other high-risk and service industries. The ‘big data’ movement is thriving, fundamentally changing our healthcare delivery systems. Digital health investments are higher than ever before. Medical hackathons and un-conferences are now an every-weekend occurrence. And both redesign and innovation promise to change medicine as we know it. It’s all happening right here, right now.

    But the problem is that many of us don’t know it. Despite Boston’s innovative energy and a solid medical infrastructure, many medical providers and health care entrepreneurs remain in the dark about the opportunities, events and work happening in and around the city of Boston – and across the country. That’s where we come in.
    At Medtech Boston, we highlight exciting medical innovation work in and around the city of Boston. We aim to start a discussion about the most exciting and controversial new healthcare offerings, igniting a new reputation for Boston as a city with first-class medical research and patient care, but also as a city full of passionate people who use new technology to think big thoughts about medicine’s most pressing problems.
    More information and events from Medtech Boston is available here.


    The goal of the Global Health and Medical Humanities Initiative (GHMHI) is to provide MIT students the training to analyze critically the determinants of health and roles of medicine in society from historical and cross-cultural perspectives.

    Global Health programs in medical schools, schools of public health, and universities and colleges across the U.S. emphasize how biomedical training, research, and practice, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations beyond the health sciences, are necessary to improve the determinants of health—whether social, political, economic, or biological.
    Medical Humanities is a subfield of medicine that draws on the humanities, arts, and social sciences to analyze medical education and clinical practice.
    Find more information and a calendar of upcoming events at


    The HMS JPNM offers a weekly seminar series from September through May/June.
    Seminars are held on Thursdays at 8:00 am in the Cannon Lecture Hall, HMS Quad, Building C
    S. Ted Treves, MD, Program Director,
    If you would like to be added to the weekly email distribution list for the lectures, please contact:
    Ryan Hewitt, JPNM Program Administrator, (617-278-0702)
    Upcoming Seminars:
    Stay tuned for Fall 2015 seminar information.


    Future topics will be similar to the previous Brainmap season, with some talks on Optogenetics, MR-PET, BOLD physiology, ultra-high field MRI, multimodal integration, contrast agents, and many more exciting topics!
    Unless otherwise noted, seminars are held on Wednesdays at noon in seminar room CNY2204, MGH/Charlestown, Building 149.
    To sign up for the mailing list, please go to:
    There are no more Brainmap regular seminars scheduled for the summer.

    Student Opportunities


    Veteran Students, do you know . . .
       there are two MIT veteran student clubs.
       that there is a committee dedicated to veterans outreach comprised of faculty, staff and students.
       that room 50-010 is a space exclusively for veteran students.
    Interested in knowing more, please contact Mary Kathryn, extension 4.7824 or



    MIT Ventureships Club is providing a great opportunity for your start-ups to work with eager and motivated volunteer students on the business problems that you have in order to get information that you need.  We are seeking companies that are willing to meet regularly with student groups and act as mentors by sharing the experiences and lessons of successful entrepreneurs.

    Every semester, our club works with MIT Venture Mentoring Service to launch a Ventureships Program. In this program,we interview and select 4~5 early stage MIT start-ups as well as 10~20 MIT students. The students will work closely with the CEOs on market research, fund raising, technology development, etc, all of which are essential to the start-ups.
    As the Fall 2015 Ventureships Program is approaching, we are recruiting new early stage start-ups.
    Basic Requirements
    1. The company has at least 1 co-founders as MIT affiliated students, staff, or alumni.
    2. The company have a well-defined one semester project for the students. Your project proposals will be posted to the students and they will choose your company based on the descriptions as well as your pitch on our kick-off event. Click here to find past project proposals examples. Please submit your project proposal(s) before we arrange an interview with you.
    3. The CEO has enough time to interact with the MIT students.
    For more details and Application:
    If you are enthusiastic about entrepreneurship or have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us!



    Applications are now open for the 2016 Class of Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships are open to immigrants and the children of immigrants who are entering or have begun graduate school. Fellows receive up to $90,000 in support of their education: $40,000 in tuition support and $50,000 in stipend support over two years. More importantly, they join a lifelong community of New Americans who are making significant contributions to society.
    For full eligibility requirements, to register for a web info session or to apply, go to:



    Generous donors have provided MIT with permanent funds in support of fellowships, many of which have unique restrictions. The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education administers a number of these endowed fellowships through an annual competition in March. All nominations (both for new awards and for renewal requests) must be submitted by the departmental graduate office on behalf of the student. Students who qualify for one of the fellowships should contact their graduate administrator in order to be considered for
    More information may be found here. 

    Some openings are still available for the Graduate Community Fellows program in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education!

    Graduate Community Fellows are a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance MIT graduate
    community in unique ways.  Each Fellow reports to a staff member in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education or in a partner organization, and focuses on a specific project.  Fellows receive partial stipend support for the length of their appointment period. 

    Open positions are as follows:

    • Addir Fellows — MIT Interfaith Dialogue (position open for 2015-16)
    • Data-Visualization: Blacks at MIT History Project (position open for 2015-16)
    • DSL Online Life Learning (position open for 2015-16)
    • Financial Lieracy Fellow (position open for 2015-16)
    • Graduate Accomplishments: Writer (position open for 2015-16)
    • Graduate Orientation (position open for 2015-16)
    • GSC Creative Media Manager (position open for 2015-16)
    • Institute Community and Equity Office (one position open for 2015-16)
    • Language Conversation Excahnge (position open for 2015-16)
    • Programs for women (one position open for 2015-16)
    • Violence Prevention & Response: Programming Development (position open for 2015-16)
    Please see our web site for position descriptions and an application form (
    We are accepting applications now and will fill positions on a rolling basis.
    Receive a monthly stipend while you gain experience.  Apply now!
    Questions? Contact Heather Konar (



    At the heart of the MIT mission statement is a call to serve the nation and the world—and this charge is embodied by the MIT Public
    Service Center. Every year, we send thousands of students into communities locally, across the nation, and around the globe to apply their skills and knowledge for the betterment of humankind. In the Institute's best traditions of hands-on experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and creative problem solving, these students donate their time, create new technologies, form communities and companies—and ultimately change lives everywhere they go.
    As part of MIT's Division of Student Life, we provide a central point of communication and support for the outreach and humanitarian
    efforts of the MIT community. We engage students, alumni, staff, faculty, and others in life-changing initiatives and social entrepreneurship ventures that provide needed resources to individuals and communities.
    Sign up for the weekly Community Service Bulletin of Events and Programs here.
    News and upcoming events are posted on the homepage.



    Professional Opportunities



    VL34, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Scientist/Senior Scientist in molecular biology.  VL34 is an early-stage startup in Cambridge, MA using cutting-edge molecular techniques to help create a novel category of fertility treatment. VL34 was founded by VentureLabs, a unit of Flagship Ventures which has launched over 25 breakthrough companies including Seres Therapeutics, Symbiota, Pronutria, and Moderna Therapeutics. 

    Position Summary
    VL34, Inc. is seeking an exceptional, highly motivated Scientist/Senior Scientist to play a key role in the company’s efforts to build a high-throughput platform to identify molecular targets with applications in the fertility field.  As part of the early team of scientists at VL34, this individual will have wide-ranging responsibilities, joining a dynamic, enthusiastic, highly interdisciplinary, and collaborative group.
    Key Qualifications
    Ph.D. in Biology or a related field, with or without postdoc or industry experience 
    Ability to think critically and creatively as part of a fast-paced research team
    Proven hands-on experience with standard molecular biology techniques.
    Especially preferred to have experience with one or more of:
    o Custom library preparation for high-throughput sequencing, single cell or low-input detection
    o Protein engineering, library-based display technologies (yeast, phage), in vitro directed evolution and selection
    Enthusiasm for pushing the frontiers of conventional techniques and comfort in venturing beyond one’s area of expertise
    Great hands in the laboratory and resourceful when starting new techniques from scratch
    Excellent collaboration, communication and interpersonal skills

    The successful candidate will work closely with an interdisciplinary team as well as independently to design and execute experiments that support research activities and project goals
    Quickly implement state-of-the-art techniques in new biological models
    Identify modifications to iteratively improve protocols
    Analyze data and help identify molecular targets and follow-up experiments
    Participate in various aspects of the company from establishing collaborations to writing patents to long-term planning
    A competitive overall compensation package including: competitive base salary, bonus potential and stock options.
    Contact Information
    To learn more about this exciting career opportunity, please forward your resume and background information in confidence to Brian at



    About PureTech

    PureTech is a science-driven healthcare company, seeking to solve some of today’s toughest health challenges through disruptive approaches. Based in Boston, PureTech has a network of more than 50 experts across multiple disciplines – from entrepreneurs to world-renowned scientists – giving PureTech access to potentially groundbreaking science and technological innovations. PureTech is problem-focused and solution-agnostic, looking beyond traditional disciplines and approaching healthcare problems from different perspectives. Focusing on areas of significant unmet medical need, PureTech evaluates more than 650 ideas per year, prioritizing, testing and selecting what it believes to be the most scientifically and commercially promising concepts to advance.
    The Senior Analyst will get hands-on experience in entrepreneurship, participate in sourcing and due diligence of technologies and support PureTech's Innovations and team members. This includes:
    Ideation and business planning for next generation technologies
    Conducting strategic analyses & market opportunity assessments
    Undertaking project management & operations of innovations including development of cutting edge technologies
    Participating in analysis and development of intellectual property
    Preparing compelling communication materials, including presentations, for key external stakeholders
    Creativity, smarts & initiative
    PhD in one of the following disciplines from a top tier institution: engineering, physics, computer science, or a life sciences related field
    Business experience is a plus but not required
    Strong presentation and communication skills; candidate should feel comfortable presenting to groups
    LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts
    The position is full time with a competitive salary and benefits. This is a unique opportunity to join one of the most innovative companies in healthcare while getting hands-on startup experience in our Innovations. Please send your resume and cover letter to Be sure to indicate the Senior Analyst Position in the subject of your email.  (E-mail applications sent directly to PureTech staff will not be considered)



    The Biodesign Fellowship is an intensive, year-long experience in identifying and characterizing clinical needs, inventing and prototyping solutions and developing business strategies for implementing these technologies. Join a team of the country's top young medtech innovators and experience what it's like to bring a new technology forward toward patient care.

    Changing Healthcare through Innovation.
    Deadline: August 31, 2015


    A NIDA sponsored T32 Postdoctoral Position is available in a multidisciplinary, productive and stimulating environment with excellent research, clinical and training resources. Applicants, especially those with a background in brain imaging analysis/statistical methods, are encouraged to apply. The focus of the training is on brain imaging (EEG, MRI, MRS, near infrared spectroscopy) for research on psychiatric and substance abuse disorders and the program will be tailored to meet individual needs in order to help him/her to develop into an independent researcher with a focus on neuroimaging of addiction or addiction psychiatry. Fellowships are available for 2-3 years, with an appointment at Harvard Medical School. M.D., Ph.D. or an equivalent degree in physics or medical physics, computer science, neuroscience, psychology, pharmacology or related field is required. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Start date is flexible, with one position available now; salary is commensurate with experience.  Candidates must be US citizens or hold a green card.

    Inquiries from individuals with analysis/statistics experience may be made to Lisa Nickerson, Ph.D., Director, Statistical Neuroimaging in Addiction and Psychiatry Lab ( Other qualified applicants may contact the Director of the T32 Program, Dr. Scott E. Lukas (



    Aptitude Medical Systems Inc. – Santa Barbara, CA

    Contact: Jackson Guo, CEO of Aptitude Medical Systems ( )
    There is currently a massive unmet need to target specific biomolecules. This problem holds back humankind’s ability to diagnose and treat diseases. At Aptitude, we create a new generation of affinity molecules that can function where antibodies cannot, enabling new diagnostic and therapeutic products. We are at the forefront of the technical revolution, uniquely enabled by our breakthrough technology - the culmination of a decade of multi-disciplinary research in the H. T. Soh lab at UC Santa Barbara. We have received significant funding from venture investors and federal grants, and formed key collaborations with multiple top companies in their respective fields to rapidly deploy our technology in clinical applications. As we enter the growth phase of the company, we are looking for first-rate Research Scientists to join a fast-expanding team.
    Why Choose Aptitude
    We view A-level team members as our most precious resources, and will treat them as such. We will gladly support work visa applications, help with relocation, and make many other accommodations according to the new employee’s circumstances.
    We have a culture of quickly recognizing the contribution and enabling team members to “punch above their weight class”. If your competency and desire to succeed goes beyond your resume, we can provide the platform that let you fulfill your potential, create extraordinary value, and get rewarded accordingly.
    The following is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities. In this highly dynamic working environment, other duties and responsibilities will be added.
    • Develop, test, and optimize aptamers, assays and other products
    • Design and execute experiments; process, analyze, and interpret experimental results and data
    • Maintain accurate, consistent, high quality project documentation; present results to senior/other research staff
    • Create or assist with creating technical reports, white papers, publications, and technical proposals; facilitate external communication in conference presentations, customer dialogs, etc.
    • Develop original solutions to problems and create new experimental strategies
    • Help set project goals, milestones and continuously track progress and success
    • Prioritize and manage technical tasks for concurrent projects
    • Help and support other project teams or groups when needed
    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
    The four fundamental characteristics that we need on the team are:
    • Willingness to take on any responsibility to enable the team to achieve success
    • A sense of urgency and ability to achieve time-sensitive milestones
    • Persistence to work through challenges and unlock both systematic and creative solutions 
    • Transparent. That is, honest and open in all matters to maintain a culture of trust, without politics, and the capacity to uncover problems and address them rapidly.
    In addition, we look for the following skills and abilities in top candidates:
    • Motivated self-starter who has desire to be challenged and is looking to continually advance within the organization
    • Meticulous attention to detail, executing with high accuracy and reproducibility
    • Independent and logical thinking with demonstrated analytical skills in problem analysis and resolution
    • Strong theoretical base in relevant subjects (e.g. biothermodynamics, binding and kinetics, statistics)
    • Expertise in standard lab methods (e.g. PCR, western blotting, flow cytometry, ELISA), and solid understanding of fundamentals behind each
    • Proven ability to mange own time effectively to achieve milestones with aggressive deadlines
    Education/Experience Required
    Different combinations of experience and educations will be considered for qualification of this position:
    • Degree in bioengineering, chemical engineering, materials engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, or molecular biology with relevant expertise
    • At least four years of work-related experience in a relevant laboratory environment
    • A PhD or MSc/MA in relevant specialization is favorable, but not necessary. If you have the drive and ability to create real and growing value on the Aptitude team we will give you every opportunity to grow and advance into senior roles.


    Lead Firmware Engineer
    About Portal Instruments: Portal Instruments is an early stage, Series A funded, medical device company focused on advanced drug delivery and backed by powerful strategic partners. The company is commercializing a highly innovative needle-free drug delivery platform technology developed at MIT transforming the administration of injectable medicines. Patients suffering from chronic diseases need to inject themselves several times per month via needles and syringes. This poses challenges in terms of comfort, safety and compliance. Portal’s device, which is augmented by connected health features, dramatically improves the patient experience and ultimately transforms disease management leading to better outcomes. 
    Working at Portal Instruments:
    • Portal Instruments is looking for unique individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of patients and how medicines are delivered today
    • Portal Instruments offers employees the opportunity to work in an exciting  fast-paced environment that values best in class ingenuity, intellectual curiosity, teamwork, and a commitment to results while providing outstanding leadership and development opportunities
    • Portal Instruments is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package, including stock options, a 401(k) retirement plan, a health and dental plan and a chance to make a difference in the lives of thousands of patients.
    Role and Responsibilities:
    • Design firmware system architecture for Portal’s novel drug delivery platform from concept through commercialization with due consideration to reliability and regulatory concerns
    • Design, build, debug, and optimize the device’s firmware
    • Manage the software development lifecycle consistent with FDA requirements, including the creation of specifications, validation and other documentation as needed.
    • Integrate with a team of firmware, software, and control engineers.
    • Design, build, debug, and optimize firmware
    • Evaluate system performance by designing, executing, and documenting experimental plans.
    • Support the risk management process using FMEA/FTA and other risk mitigation techniques.
    • Support electrical compliance testing.
    • Support the manufacture and testing of electronic assemblies by providing test procedures
    • Support cost and manufacturability improvements through collaboration with Hardware, Manufacturing and Procurement teams.
    Required Skills and Experience:
    • Development of efficient microcontroller firmware in C, preferably ARM.
    • Familiarity with quality system requirements for medical software system development.
    • Experience with control systems required. Knowledge of system identification techniques and non-linear controls a plus.
    • Experience with high-bandwidth motion control.
    • Sensor synthesis / sensor fusion.
    • Familiarity with electronic hardware design.
    • Automated integration testing of firmware.
    • Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or equivalent engineering discipline.
    • 5+ years of experience in commercial development and/or validation.
    • Experience with medical products development and FDA or related product approvals a plus.
    • Outstanding software engineering and design skills.
    • Working knowledge of UL, FCC, and CE/ISO standards and test methods.
    • Applicant should be comfortable in C, LabVIEW, Verilog or VHDL, an assembly language (THUMB2 preferred), and a scripting language (Python preferred).
    • Ability to work independently in a start-up environment.
    Salary commensurate with experience; potential equity participation.
    To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to, please reference job code RD06. You will be contacted if your background meets our needs.


    10X Genomics is a San Francisco Bay Area start-up developing new technologies for breakthrough next generation sequencing applications. The core technology combines advances in chemistry, biochemistry, microfluidics and computational biology.

    Applications Scientist: Computational Biology
    10X is looking for an outstanding individual to join its Computational Biology group. This person will primarily: (1) work with the product development team to assess early developed modules and integrated prototypes and (2) work with 10X’s first set of collaborators and customers, serving as a vital bridge between these customers and the development team. The main responsibilities will include: (1) working w/ early collaborators to explore new applications of the system, (2) prototyping new computational methodologies to support these novel uses, (3) developing custom analyses to support customer applications and (4) analyzing the performance of the core components of the 10X technology for feedback into the development team. This position is a unique opportunity to work on an exciting and novel form of NGS data that enables a wide array of previously unachievable applications.
    Computational Biologist: Algorithm Development
    10X is looking for an outstanding individual to join its Computational Biology group. This position is a unique opportunity to work on a new form of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data that enables many previously unachievable applications. This person will: (1) lead the development of algorithms that use 10X Linked-Read data to solve difficult genomics problems, (2) define custom analyses to guide product development. The ideal candidate will have experience implementing novel methods using techniques such as sequence alignment, text indexing and searching, graph algorithms, combinatorial optimization and probability theory. Experience combining novel and existing tools into effective pipelines is a plus.
    Computer Scientist: Algorithm Development
    Our San Francisco Bay Area startup is completely changing how DNA sequencing is done. Our breakthrough technology combines advances in chemistry, biochemistry, microfluidics, engineering, computational biology and software. Our small team consists of leaders in these fields who will make further fundamental advances, positioning our product as a foundation for all of medicine and biology. We have just shipped version 1.0. Our environment: as good as it gets.
    We now seek an outstanding individual to invent algorithms for reconstructing an organism’s genome from the billions of DNA fragments created by our technology. The position does not require background in this problem per se. Rather we seek an innovator with a track record in solving other nearly impossible problems, who can bring general tools to bear, who thrives in an edgy, fun, team and interdisciplinary environment. The position requires mathematical and algorithmic sophistication, the ability to rapidly turn ideas into code, test this code on evolving data, adapt accordingly, and learn continually by interacting with colleagues in multiple fields. We are a nice team of people who are simply the best at what we do.

    Data Scientist
    10X is looking for an outstanding individual to join its Computational Biology group. This person will lead the development of analytical frameworks and computational methods for investigating the error modes of all components of the core technology and the impact of these on application performance. These analyses will drive the prioritization of technology development within thecompany. This position is a unique opportunity to work on an exciting and novel form of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data that enables a wide array of previously unachievable applications.
    For more information about the company and to see the job listings, visit:

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    GRADUATE STUDENT and/or POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE: contribute to an integrated genomics platform for life detection beyond Earth. This NASA-funded effort, the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Genomes (SETG), has the potential to provide the first direct evidence for life on Mars and/or on icy moons as well as to enable diverse environmental and clinical applications. Will have an opportunity to develop, evaluate, and integrate technologies for bioseparation and sequencing, including nanopore-based single molecule approaches; and to design, develop, and validate the instrument in the lab and in the field at terrestrial analogs of Mars or other extreme environments.
    This position is physically based in the Department of Molecular Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Will work closely with the science PI, Christopher Carr (; the project PI, Maria Zuber, at MIT; the MGH institutional PI, Gary Ruvkun; and other academic and industrial partners.
    REQUIREMENTS:  a Ph.D. in a relevant field; strong analytical and problem solving skills; and excellent interpersonal, communication, and technical skills.  Seek highly motivated individual with who is able to work independently and contribute to an interdisciplinary team. Experience with molecular biology, high throughput sequencing, embedded systems, microcontrollers, mechanical design, thermal modeling, space instrumentation, and other relevant skills are highly valued.
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    Dr. Young-Min Kwon in the department of Orthopedics Arthroplasy at Massachusetts General Hospital is currently looking to fulfill an opening for a research assistant with an engineering background to work on a project studying in-vivo kinematics of joint replacements. More details about the project are listed below. It is a 40 hours per week self-funded position with a one year commitment. There will also be ample opportunities for clinical exposure during this period. Please email your CV to .

    Project Description: The demand for number of total hip replacement (THR) surgery for advanced arthritis is expected to double over the next decade. The past and current innovation of THR has largely focused on development of improved implant bearing materials and implant fixation methods. However, the challenges in the performance of contemporary THR are related to adverse in vivo dynamic phenomenon (such as edge loading, impingement and dislocation), which occurs as a function of both static implant orientation (cup positioning); and 2) dynamic biomechanics of the individual patient. This new innovative research aims to: 1) evaluate the utility of robotic–assisted surgical technology in improving acetabular implant orientation; and 2) quantify its role in optimizing in vivo biomechanics of hip joint is required to gain insights to overcome the current challenges. Student Role: Orthopaedic Research Assistant It is expected that the student will be involved in a study that will be performed to validate the utility of 1) the dual fluoroscopic system in evaluating in vivo kinematic parameters of hip joint; and 2) dynamic motion analysis combined with CT data in evaluating in vivo duration and magnitude hip joint force (kinetic parameters) during functional activities.”



    Lead Reviewer – Biomedical / Electrical / Mechanical Engineers

    The FDA is seeking college graduates (biomedical, electrical and mechanical engineers) for entry-level reviewer positions at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) in the Division of Cardiovascular Devices.  There are several vacancies and candidates will be screened for interviews on a rolling basis until the positions have been filled.  Interested candidates including upcoming graduates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


    1. Lead premarket scientific reviews in the Division of Cardiovascular Devices with teams of clinicians, engineers and interdisciplinary scientists and work closely with medical device manufacturers, clinical investigators, regulatory affairs managers and industry consultants; and
    2. Conduct engineering reviews for marketing applications for ventricular assist devices, heart valves, stents, angioplasty catheters, endovascular grafts, occluders, pacemakers, ablation catheters, automated external defibrillators, cardiac monitors, mapping systems, and emerging cardiovascular therapies and technologies; and
    3. Engage in all aspects of the total product life cycle: medical device design, bench tests, preclinical animal studies, clinical trial design, premarket review, manufacturing and post-market surveillance.
    Preferred coursework, experience, or research: electronics, instrumentation; physiology, cardiac electrophysiology, biostatistics, medical imaging; reliability engineering; material science, biomechanics, cardiovascular research, senior engineering design projects.
    Desired skills: Strong engineering and critical thinking skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, comfortable working in dynamic team environments, and time management and organizational skills are essential for the position.  Knowledge of FDA regulations is highly desired, but not a requirement.
    Benefits: Stimulating, high-impact work environment, at the cutting edge of cardiovascular medical device technologies; flexible work hours and partial telecommuting arrangements available.  FDA reviewers receive full benefits as salaried federal employees.
    Level of Education: The job opening is available to graduates in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering for entry-level reviewer positions.  Qualified candidates from other engineering disciplines will also be considered based on experience and coursework.
    Availability: Spring 2015 graduates and other recent graduates.
    Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen to be eligible for the position.  
    Location: The position is located at the FDA headquarters (pictured) in Silver Spring, Maryland in the Washington D.C. Metro Area.
    Application:  Please submit a CV/Resume and cover letter to  Please note that due to the large number of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted for interview.


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    Postdoctoral Fellow in Signaling in Pediatric Brain Cancers, especially Medulloblastoma
    Description: Prof. Rakesh K. Jain is currently seeking a postdoctoral applicant with expertise in signaling transduction, molecular biology and cell biology. The position requires a highly motivated and independent researcher to carry out a project aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms of Shh-PIGF-NRP1 signaling axis in medulloblastoma. Please see our recent paper: Snuderl et al., Targeting placental growth factor/neuropilin 1 pathway inhibits growth and spread of medulloblastoma. Cell 152: 1065–1076 (2013).
    Requirements: Applicants should send a CV, career statement and three letters of reference to: Rakesh K Jain, PhD, Director, Edwin L Steele Laboratories for Tumor Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, 100 Blossom Street, Cox Building 7th, Boston, MA 02114


    Seeking scientists who are passionate about developing & communicating new ways to extract biological insights from data, leading to better medicines for patients
    This role involves working closely with leading pharmaceutical companies, helping to facilitate the development of new medicines for serious diseases including neurodegeneration and cancer. The ideal candidate would have experience in one or more of the following areas:
    Pathway Biology
    Performing detailed mechanistic analysis of biological signaling pathways, using quantitative approaches.
    Neurodegeneration and CNS Diseases
    Expertise in CNS diseases such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Huntingtons Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, or others.
    Expertise in disease biology and data analysis for cancer research.
    Computational Biology
    Experience analyzing data (including gene expression, SNPs, exome and whole genome sequencing, RNA-Seq, and proteomic data), using computational methods to help facilitate the development of new medicines for patients with a variety of serious diseases.
    Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)
    Expertise across the entire NGS pipeline including data QC, alignment and variant calling; pipeline implementation; and biological interpretation of the results. Experience applying approaches for CNV and structural variant / fusion detection. Ability to clearly communicate the process for each of these analyses, and weigh the applicability of differing tools and approaches.
    Machine Learning/Statistics (with Biological Applications)
    Expertise in machine learning and statistical modeling with experience applying these approaches to biological data. Ability to develop and apply cutting-edge methods, and ability to clearly communicate the biological context and implications of the analyses to scientists with a range of expertise.
    • Develop innovative algorithms and methods for analyzing data to identify biological insights
    • Interpret data from a biological and clinical perspective
    • Prepare next-generation sequencing (NGS) and other relevant genomic data for analysis
    • Collaborate with colleagues to solve complex computational research problems
    • Present scientific material (written and oral) to diverse audiences
    Minimum Qualifications
    • PhD in Computational Biology, Biostatistics or a related field (i.e., Biology, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Statistics) or 5+ years of work experience at a leading computational biology focused institution
    • Demonstrated experience developing novel algorithms to address complex scientific problems
    • Proven ability to work independently as well as contribute to larger initiatives
    • Effective English communication skills (both written and oral)
    • Proficient in at least one of R, Python, MATLAB, or a similar language.
    • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above
    • Experience applying machine learning approaches to analysis of heterogeneous biological data (for machine learning / statistical expert position only)
    Preferred Qualifications (in addition to those noted in Minimum Qualifications section above)
    • Postdoctoral experience in a top lab with computational biology and/or biostatistics experience
    • Broad and deep understanding of genetics, proteomics, and/or genomics as documented by a strong publication record in high-impact journals
    • Proficient in R
    • Experience applying machine learning and statistical approaches to analysis of clinical and pre-clinical data (for machine learning / statistical expert position only)
    For more information, please visit
    If interested and qualified, please email resume to  Please ensure to include the position title in the subject line.  We are seeking full-time candidates, but may have part-time consulting roles available under the right circumstances (please specify in your email message).



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