May 18, 2018
This Week in HST
Volume 19, Number 35

HST Community Notices


Course Information
& Academic Resources

Conferences, Lectures 
& Seminars

Student Opportunities

Professional Opportunities

Career & Financial Guidance

HST Community Notices



Olivia Waring, MEMD PhD student, is among the 10 winning teams of this year’s IDEAS Global Challenge competition. IDEAS is MIT’s annual social innovation competition, run by the PKG Center. Olivia received a $10,000 grant to develop an app named DIL, Documenting Indigenous Languages. 

She said: “Over half of the world’s seven thousand languages will likely go extinct within the next century. There is a severe shortage of trained linguists with the expertise to document these endangered tongues before they vanish irrevocably. I have designed and prototyped a mobile app – dubbed “DIL” for “Documenting Indigenous Languages” – that guides users through the process of language documentation, yielding a structured database of linguistic information for later perusal. The app generates customized dictionaries, provides elicitation templates for elucidating key syntactic features, and offers a convenient way to record and store proverbs, songs, and stories. I will use the IDEAS Global Challenge grant to conduct pilot testing with the Bhasha Research Center in Gujurat, India, as well as the American Indian Language Development Institute in Arizona. My hope is that this light-weight software tool will widen the scope of language documentation efforts throughout the world while also empowering communities to preserve and revitalize their own linguistic legacies, thereby tapping into a collective global repository of irreplaceable cultural knowledge.”
More information on the competition can be found here.
Congratulaions, Olivia!



Elazer R. Edelman, the Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Professor of Health Sciences at MIT, is the new director of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES).
Professor Edelman is an HST alum (MD ’83 and MEMP PhD ’84) and longtime course director of HST.090: Cardiovascular Pathophysiology.  He has been a professor in HST since 1991 and a core faculty member in IMES since its inception in 2012. He is also director of the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center, director of the MIT Clinical Research Center, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a senior attending physician in the coronary care unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  
Professor Edelman succeeds Professor Arup Chakraborty, the founding director of IMES. With this transition, IMES will go from strength to strength in fulfilling its mission to bring together the power of engineering, basic science, and medicine to advance human health and to provide a robust home for the HST program.
Congratulations to Elazer on his appointment to this important leadership position. The HST Community looks forward to working with him in this new role.


We cordially invite you to the 2018 HST Graduation celebration:

Join us as we recognize the accomplishments of our HST students and wish them well in the next step of their careers. Our event is open to the entire community. It begins with a brief ceremony where you will learn more about our graduating class followed by a reception.
RSVP at; go to the RSVP link at the bottom of the left-hand menu. You will find directions to the venue, parking information, and the schedule on the website. The dress is party-festive!  No regalia is expected or required.

Send questions to We look forward to seeing you there!



Caitlin Vinci, IMES Administrative Assistant II (Assistant to Chung Lab; Assistant to Cohen Lab; Assistant to Integrative Neuromonitoring & Critical Care Informatics Group), has been selected to receive an MIT School of Engineering Infinite Mile Award.

Please mark your calendar for the SoE Infinite Mile Award Ceremony that will be held on Thursday, May 24th from 3-5pm in the Grier Room, 34-401. Come support and cheer on Caitlin!

Please join us in congratulating Caitlin!

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.                                                

                   -John Crosby and

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 HST students and alumni 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

Are you a PhD Student wondering about R&D in industry?
Why not try it out as part of an internship class? 
Several HST students have participated in past semesters.
No industry experience necessary or expected.
You must be a PhD student who has passed your department's qualifying exams.
Enrollment is also open to students outside 7 and 20.
International students would need to talk to the ISO about using OPT.
This Fall 2018, 20.930/7.930: Research Experience in Biopharma will run for the fourth time. We match graduate students with industry mentors to conduct research on-site at a local biotech or pharma company. Students work at the company 10 hours/week and attend weekly lectures (Mondays at 1) covering topics of science and business in the biotech/pharma industry.
Recent host companies have included Novartis, Pfizer, Amgen, Merrimack, and Vertex. Feedback from students and mentors has been overwhelmingly positive. 

Instructors are Prof. Amy Keating, Prof. Doug Lauffenburger, and Dr. Sean Clarke. Contact with any questions.
Pre-registration starts May 1 and runs through June 18 (not required, but extremely helpful).

Please also complete this quick form:
For students, staff, faculty, and friends of MIT and Harvard/HBS
Help us test our app, and find out how your daily carbon footprint compares with your classmates & colleagues at MIT and Harvard.
Join the app pilot, starting now:
The Mobile Carbon Footprinting research team is launching an MIT/Harvard community-wide pilot test of our smartphone app  – it’s a great opportunity to learn about your daily footprint and how we can reduce our collective carbon emissions.
Not interested in your carbon footprint? We need your input too, so please consider helping us.
Download the app now to be part of the pilot. All it takes is running the app on your phone and checking the app once every day or so during the pilot program. We will give everyone who completes the app pilot a reward  – and our sincere thanks.
Email us at and with any questions.
Harvard Catalyst is also now accepting applications for Funding Your Research: NIH, an online course that will give participants an overview of the NIH grant submission process, with a particular focus on the R01 and K career development grants. Applications close May 23, 2018 - Contact us at with any questions.
Information about the Harvard i-lab and it's upcoming events and activities can be found here.
Your Life Science venture has potential. Develop it in a place designed for your success.
If you are a Harvard alum, faculty member, postdoc, or student and you’ve founded a promising life sciences or biotech startup, the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab was created to help you take your venture further, faster. Available to you through the Life Lab are: short-term, month-to-month leases at below-market rates; a fully-equipped and permitted bio-safety level 1 wet lab with waste handling, cryostorage, dedicated bio-safety level 2 rooms; and access to advisors, industry-specific experts, funders and investors, and stakeholders in government and academia.
You also get the comprehensive support of the Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem, including mentoring, advising, peer collaboration and community. And, your intellectual property is yours to keep.
Come join us. Summer applications for Life Lab membership are now open and the deadline to apply is May 18, 2018. To learn more, email us at or sign up for a prospective team tour.

Community Wellness at MIT Medical works with the entire MIT community to provide the resources and programs that can help you make healthy choices.

Offerings include: Koru Mindfulness, Creating the Healthy Life You Want, and many other wellness classes.
Visit the Community Wellness website for more information and sign up for their newsletter.

Conferences, Lectures & Seminars



Academia-to-Industry Hackathon
  • August 13 – 24, 2018
  • 9am-5pm (EST)
Have you always wanted to work on a real-world problem in pharmaceutical R&D? Join us!!
The Novartis Quantitative Science Academia-to-Industry Hackathon is an intense two-week program designed to provide graduate students and postdocs with training and hands-on experience working on real-world problems in pharmaceutical R&D. The program is targeted at graduate students and postdocs in the quantitative sciences (e.g. Bioinformatics, Engineering, Mathematics, Pharmacometrics, Physics, Statistics, Systems Pharmacology). The Hackathon consists of a three-day tutorial on fundamental training in Translational Quantitative Sciences including basic pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (PKPD) and population PKPD using the open-source R-based nonlinear mixed effect modeling software nlmixr.
Following the tutorial, students will work in project teams on real-world, open-ended problems in collaboration with Novartis scientists working across the R&D spectrum.
The researchers will present their final results at the “Quantitative Sciences in Drug Development Conference” sponsored by Novartis, which will be held on the last day of the hackathon, Friday, August 24th 2018.
Applicants must be current graduate students or postdocs. 
The program will take place at the Novartis Campus, in Cambridge, MA. 
The following materials will be accepted at until Friday June 1st 2018.  
  • One page statement of reason for participation, career goals, and relevant experience
  • Resume or CV
  • Letter of support from advisor, director of graduate studies, or department chair
Participants are encouraged to apply early as numbers are limited. Confirmation of participation will be sent by Friday, June 15th 2018.
Thank you for taking interest in this Novartis event. We look forward to seeing you there!
Bias & Beer: Conference edition
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • 6pm
  • MCZ 440 (HUCE Seminar room) 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA
Does it ever irk you when conveners let the speaker go WAY too long? Or when you're sitting in your department weekly seminar and the speaker is getting constantly interrupted? Join HGWISE and HGWISEGUYS to talk about the role of gender and race in these talk dynamics!! An analysis of a Canadian geoscience conference provides an analysis of collected data regarding participation, behavior, and the division of scientific labor. There is a lot to unpack here, and something tells me that the lessons will carry easily across scientific disciplines!
REGISTER HERE via Eventbrite (conference is free but space is limited)

Questions? Contact us at
Patients continue to inspire and drive us to the leading edge of precision medicine.* Yet at perhaps the most exciting and promising focus of precision medicine—its application to oncology—precision seems to matter less than predicted even 5 years ago. On the one hand, therapies such as the immune modulating drugs have emerged that appear effective across dozens of different cancers, yet the discovery of “driver mutations” in individual cancers continues to influence drug development and clinical decision making. In this context, how can patients help drive optimal decision making and societal investments in effective treatment and prevention of cancer and other diseases?
Our keynote this year, Greg Simon, President of the Biden Cancer Initiative, is ideally placed to answer this question both from the perspective of his role in founding FasterCures, patient advocacy within the pharmaceutical industry, and as a cancer survivor. Science and clinical care do not exist in isolation, and thus our first panel will address the question, "How do we overcome the disconnect between Patients, Clinicians, Insurers & Educators?" The panel includes leading representatives from payors, investors, data-driven oncology companies and media.
The question of patient leadership in precision medicine will be further explored in our second panel featuring citizen scientists, professional scientists who are parents of children requiring precision medicine therapies, as well as representatives of precision medicine companies, such as Editas Medicine.
Our third panel, composed of luminaries in technology and data science, will explore how digital technologies can help us complement molecular characterizations for further precision and to implement new precision medicine clinical workflows.
Our closing keynote will be delivered by Jeremy Levin, whose career trajectory from successive leadership positions at large pharmaceutical companies to leading his own rare disease precision medicine company might presage a tectonic shift in the life science industry.
November 15-16, 2018 - Vancouver, Canada
Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE
We'd like to invite you to submit your papers/posters/demo proposals for the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) 2018 to be held from 15-16 November 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.
FTC attracts researchers, scientists and technologists from some of the top companies, universities, research firms and government agencies from around the world. Each paper will be reviewed by at least three regular PC members or two senior PC members. The acceptance decisions will take into account paper novelty, technical depth, elegance, practical or theoretic impact, and presentation.
The conference programme will include paper presentations, poster sessions and project demonstrations, along with prominent keynote speakers and industrial workshops.
Complete details are available on the conference website :
FTC 2018 papers will be will be published in Springer series "Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing" and submitted for indexing to ISI Proceedings, EI-Compendex, DBLP, SCOPUS, Google Scholar and Springerlink. 

Gordon Research Conference — Lasers in Micro, Nano and Bio Systems
Integration of Laser Physics, Photonics, Materials, Nanotechnology, Biochemistry, and Biomedicine
  • June 17 - 22, 2018
  • Waterville Valley Resort, Waterville Valley, NH
An open and interdisciplinary forum to discuss the advances in micro- and nano-scale lasers and biological lasers, from fundamental principles and implementations to scientific discovery and biomedical applications. 
Keynote speakers: Federico Capasso (Harvard University) and Vladimir Shalaev (Purdue University)
Invited speakers: Toshihiko Baba, Gaurav Bahl, Hui Cao, Yu-Cheng Chen, Ji-Xin Cheng, Demetrios Christodoulides, Yeshaiahu Fainman, Ivan Favero, Malte Gather, Shang-Jr Gwo, Sven Höfling, Matjaz Humar, Boubacar Kantu, Anders Kristensen, Yong-Hee Lee, Henri Lezec, Huajie Liu, Ren-Min Ma, Nicola Martino, Sivaraj Sivaramakrishnan, Jason Smith, Mark Stockman, Hong Tang, Geoffrey Waldo, Lan Yang, Vladimir Zharov
Chairs: Xudong Fan (Michigan) and S. H. Andy Yun (MGH, HMS)
Application deadline is May 20, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline.
Yale’s​ ​Interdisciplinary​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​Bioethics​ ​offers​ ​a​n​ ​intensive​ ​and​ ​international​ ​summer institute​ ​in​ ​bioethics​ ​in​ ​New​ ​Haven,​ ​CT,​ ​open​ ​to​ ​graduate​ ​students,​ ​professionals,​ ​and​ ​select undergraduates. 
The​ ​program​​ ​features​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​morning​ ​lectures​ ​surveying​ ​the​ ​field​ ​of​ ​bioethics​ ​and​ ​over twenty-five​ ​small,​ ​intensive​ ​seminars​ ​on​ ​topics​ ​such​ ​as​ ​neuroethics,​ ​end-of-life​ ​care,​ ​law, philosophy,​ ​and​ ​technology,​ ​including​ ​one​ ​seminar​ ​in​ ​Spanish​ ​for​ ​native​ ​speakers.​ ​​ ​Students also​ ​visit​ ​the​ ​esteemed​ ​Hastings​ ​Center​ ​and​ ​receive​ ​weekly​ ​classes​ ​in​ ​professional development,​ ​culminating​ ​in​ ​the​ ​writing​ ​of​ ​a​ ​short​ ​paper​ ​and​ ​the​ ​presentation​ ​of​ ​a​ ​related poster​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Yale​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Medicine.​ ​Select​ ​students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​invited​ ​to​ ​“Fast​ ​Track,”​ ​a​ ​close mentoring​ ​experience​ ​to​ ​help​ ​students​ ​develop​ ​and​ ​publish​ ​submissions​ ​to​ ​bioethics​ ​journals.
Full​ ​Program:​ ​June​ ​1​ ​–​ ​July​ ​21,​ ​2018 
Tuition​ ​$1,875​ ​for​ ​undergraduates,​ ​$2,275​ ​for​ ​graduate​ ​students, and​ ​$3,275​ ​for​ ​advanced​ ​professionals. 
Foundations​ ​of​ ​Bioethics:​​ ​​June​ ​4​ ​-​ ​7,​ ​2018 
Tuition​ ​$500​ ​for​ ​students,​ ​$1,000​ ​for​ ​advanced​ ​professionals. 
Course​ ​credit​ ​may​ ​be​ ​available,​ ​and​ ​housing​ ​is​ ​available​ ​within walking​ ​distance​ ​for​ ​an​ ​additional​ ​cost.  
Rolling​ ​admissions.​​Applications​ ​accepted​ ​through​ ​spring​ ​if​ ​space​ ​allows
For​ ​further​ ​information,​ ​see​ ​​ or​ ​contact​ ​Lori​ ​Bruce,​ ​Program​ ​Director,​ ​at​ ​​​.

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 organizational information and event postings 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


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.
A schedule of upcoming Brainmap Seminars can be found at:
To sign up for the mailing list, please go to:

Student Opportunities

Want to practice explaining your research in “elevator pitch” style? Have a cool result, an interesting puzzle, or a MATLAB trick that you’d like to share? 
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • 12-1pm
  • Location (TBA)
·  7 minute (or shorter) presentations by students, researchers, faculty
·  powerpoint, live coding, blackboard presentation -- any format acceptable
·  low-pressure, informal talks
·  lunch provided
The MIT SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) student chapter is devoted to cross-pollinating ideas in applied mathematics a computational engineering between students and researchers at MIT that wouldn’t otherwise collaborate. 
To get notifications about future seminars, workshops, and events, subscribe to our mailing list here.
Calling all grad students!!! 
Come celebrate the Muddy's 50th Anniversary & the end of the spring semester with the Grad Gift Committee and The Muddy Charles Pub at our annual Spring Pub Night. 
  • Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • 6-8pm 
  • Walker Memorial, Morss Hall 
  • 21+, bring MIT and government ID 
There will be free food (Blue Ribbon BBQ & Christina's Ice Cream), drinks (+1 complimentary drink per person), and raffle prizes. Donations of all sizes are appreciated to any area of the institute (The Muddy, any department, lab, fellowship, club, etc.). 
We hope you'll come hang out with us! 
The Muddy Charles Board of Governors and Grad Gift Committee 
Scott Tirrell will be hosting a workshop on Applying for Graduate Fellowships on May 23rd, from 12-1 in E19-202. During this presentation he will go over the reasons why fellowships are great and how to find them. He will also explain the application process, provide tips on personal statements, research proposals, and recommendation letters, detail the types of resources out there and generally be available to answer any questions students may have.
Interested students can RSVP here. Free pizza!
Updates to fellowship section on OGE’s website
For those unable to attend the workshop, come check out our updated fellowships section here, especially the new Fellowships Tips content here.
When: Apply now; position available starting June 1, 2018 

Do you hang out on Facebook? Enjoy conveying info in a pithy 280 characters or less? Join the GradLink team: Help connect MIT grad students to resources and build community! 

The commitment is 10 hours/week; compensation is $675/month.

Find more info & apply at Bring your personality & sense of fun!

Hello HST friends! A few of us have launched a Harvard-MIT student chapter of Doctors Without Borders, and we’d like to gauge interest. We’ve secured an official endorsement from the MSF headquarters in NYC, and we’re hoping to invite a few speakers early next year to share their experiences as humanitarian physicians.
Kindly fill out this survey if you have any interest in joining our mailing list!
If you’d like to get involved in a leadership capacity, feel free to reach out to Olivia Waring at
The Schwarzman Scholars Application is LIVE!
The importance of our mission, to build greater understanding between China and the rest of the world, couldn’t be more evident today. The third class of 142 Schwarzman Scholars will matriculate at Tsinghua this August with 40% of the cohort coming from the United States, 20% from China, and 40% from the rest of the world. For a glimpse into the experience of a Schwarzman Scholar, we encourage you to watch our short video.
The program is open to candidates between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, regardless of nationality, who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree or its equivalent. Mandarin skills are not required for admission. Whether in politics, business, sciences, or the arts – successful applicants are young people who have already begun to demonstrate the ability to lead and produce results in their fields and who have a commitment to building understanding among people with differing perspectives.
To access the U.S./Global application and learn more about requirements please visit the Schwarzman Scholars website. The U.S./Global application opened April 16th and will close at 11:59PM on September 27, 2018. (The deadline for candidates who hold passports from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao is May 31st. The China application can be found here.) The written application will be reviewed by a distinguished team of readers from around the world who will narrow the pool based on an extensive set of guidelines. More than 400 finalists will be invited to an in-person interview in Beijing, Bangkok, London, or New York, and will be notified of their acceptance by mid-November 2018.
Webinars and in-person information sessions for interested applicants will be hosted in April and through the next several months leading up to the application deadline. To find out more, please sign-up for a session or contact us with any questions.
We are seeking any HST students who would be interested in helping chart abstractions for a project. To participate, you would need to have access to Partners medical records and would need to have Citi training in Human Subjects Research and Good Clinical Practice. 
The project involves doing chart abstractions to review germline genetic testing results in patients with identified alterations in BRCA1, BRCA2 and PALB2 in tumor samples. 
If anyone is interested, please contact Brittany Bychkovsky, MD MSc, Instructor of Medicine, Breast Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ( and we can arrange a meeting to discuss this more.
What:  Pilot On-Demand shuttle service provided by MIT's transportation system
Hours: 11 pm to 2:15 am from Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 pm to 3:15 am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, replacing the regular Saferide routes during those hours. 
How do I call the shuttle? 
The on-demand service can be accessed via a phone app (TransLoc Rider:, or via a website ( You can also visit the Parking & Transportation website for more details (
Where does the shuttle go?
This pilot service is the culmination of collaborative work done by the Division of Student Life, the Parking & Transportation Office, the Graduate Student Council (In particular the Transportation Subcommittee and the Secretary) and the Undergraduate Association.
We are recruiting applicants for Graduate Resident Tutor and Graduate Resident Advisor positions for the 2018-2019 academic year. We have multiple positions in both our Undergraduate House communities as we as our Fraternity, Sorority, and Independent living Group communities.  
If you know anyone who would be a great candidate please share this email with them and have any interested person apply here.  
Any questions can be sent to


The Office for Graduate Education (OGE) Diversity Initiatives hopes your semester is off to a good start! The intent of our newsletter is to serve you so that you feel that the graduate community at MIT is a place where you feel at home; you are welcomed, you belong and you matter. 
You can subscribe to the newsletter here.
You can find the current newsletter here.
Excellent opportunities for two talented/motivated UROP students to participate in ongoing clinical trials in Boston area hospitals on the therapeutic treatment of patients with respiratory dysfunction. Premed/bio students are welcome to apply.
Requirements:  Familiarity with Matlab programming is essential. Background or interest in signal processing and physiology is helpful. We are dealing with real patients who are under medical care – strong student commitment is a must!
Responsibilities: Develop Matlab programs for analyzing clinical time series data from patients or from computer simulations. Adapt and refine an existing computer program written in Labview (a Matlab-based software package) for real-time data acquisition and control of a therapeutic device in the ICU. Interact with research scientists and clinicians and provide technical support to facilitate those clinical studies.
Contact:  Dr. Chi-Sang Poon at Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, E25-250,
Are you, or one of your grad students or postdocs, going to a conference this year?
Sparrho, a London-based science startup, is offering travel grants of $600 to PhD students and postdocs from any institute who want to share their research at an academic conference in the next 12 months, anywhere in the world.
The deadline for the Prizes to be awarded for June is Thursday, May 31st, 23:59 PDT — there is still time to submit your online application.
To see the application form visit:
Applications welcome from the fields of: Biology | Chemistry | Computer Science | Engineering | Mathematics | Medicine | Physics
MIT Graduate Assistance Information Network (GAIN) is a free 24/7 network of professionals who provide life management resources and referrals to help make life easier for MIT Graduate Students and families.
MIT GAIN services, which are available at no cost to you and your family, include:
  • Legal consultation
  • Financial consultation
  • Child care resources and personalized research and referrals
  • Elder care resources and personalized research and referrals
  • Relocation guidance
  • School/summer camp selection for children in grades K–12
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Career assessment
  • Resources for other life concerns, such as moving services, home repair and cleaning services, pet care, fitness programs & trainers, and more.
Take advantage of these additional MIT Work-Life programs and resources:
Find more information here.
MIT CONNECT: Free one-on-one Lunches
Are you interested in having lunch with fellow MIT students, faculty, staff and alumni this semester? MIT Connect is designed to create a more connected campus by arranging for friendly, informal, platonic lunches between individuals from all over campus, and all walks of life. We are providing $10 in Tech Cash towards selected lunches for participating students!
Feel free to contact us with question, comments, or concerns at


Need Someone To Listen?
Whether you’re having a bad day or just want someone to talk to, Peer2Peer’s community of MIT students is here for you.

Log in and chat anonymously about whatever’s on your mind with someone who really understands.

A new program has started that is designed to help students who may be in need of support and direction, but who are reluctant to visit MIT Medical, or engage with S^3 or ODGE.  
Called “Let’s Chat,” this outreach, which was originally announced by Cindy Barnhart in her recent message about various student support initiatives, offers a drop-in counseling office two hours daily from Tuesday through Thursday each week, in 8-316. Students who want a low-energy-barrier way to talk to someone can sign up for one of several 20-minute sessions available from 1-3 pm Tuesdays through Fridays. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for students to reach out for help they might need, so no advance appointment is necessary; students sign up for a 20-minute time slot by simply marking an “X” on one of the designated times on the daily schedule, which will be posted outside the door to 8-316.  
This service will be staffed by clinicians from Mental Health, and is open to ALL students — graduate, undergraduate, any department. Urgent situations should continue to be routed to MH walk-in or urgent care; “Let’s Chat” will focus on listening to students taking the first step to request support, and on providing referrals when necessary.

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



Foundation Medicine is a world-leading molecular insights company, connecting physicians and their patients to the latest cancer treatment approaches and making precision medicine a reality for thousands. 

We are looking to hire two associate directors/directors in the following roles:

Director, SmartTrials Products & Strategy:
We now sequencing more cases in a week (2000) than every academic medical center combined. This means we see rare genomic findings relatively frequently — we find a 0.5% prevalent marker, for example, 10 times a week. We’ve started to build a program around this fundamental capability to match patients with rare genomic findings to clinical trials, and, in doing so, advancing the actionability of genomic sequencing while simultaneously accelerating drug development. We are looking for a Product leader to help shape the future of this program — developing a vision, building a roadmap, leading product research and design, and ultimately executing and launching new solutions to accelerate trials. More info on the program is here: and the job description is here:
Director, Academic and International Data Strategy:
As our dataset grows, we have the opportunity to support cancer researchers and academic centers in the US and abroad. These partnerships, spanning data sharing, clinical trials support, and analytic tools and services, could simultaneously advance the field, Foundation Medicine’s role on the global stage, and ultimately the value of our clinical services. We are looking for strategic thinker and product leader to help shape this opportunity. This person would be responsible for setting strategy, conducting market and user research, identifying and prioritizing solutions, and ultimately deploying them in the field. They would be interfacing regularly with cancer center directors and leaders of national and international consortia at the highest levels. Ideally, this person would be an MD (or even better, an oncologist) with knowledge of clinical research (ideally cancer genomics), and an entrepreneurial / analytical orientation (e.g., having spent time in industry, consulting, or in a startup).
For more information, contact:

Gaurav Singal, MD, Vice President - Data Strategy & Product Development
Foundation Medicine, Inc., 150 Second Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
Supported by: Claire Walsh ( - (617) 245-3263)

Faculty Opportunity
Assistant Professor - Tenure Track - Signal Processing & Machine Learning; Job Number - 15754; Job Type - Regular Full-Time; Division - School of Medicine; Department- SOM: BMI: Admin
Find the full faculty posting here.
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Gari D. Clifford at Emory University/Georgia Tech, or and cc
There is funding to fill several faculty positions over the next 1-2 years, and then likely several more in the following five years of significant expansion. 
Postdoctoral Positions
Postdoctoral positions are available right now. 
One of the projects is described here.
Other work is focused on high resolution time series data from patients with psychiatric and neurological diseases.  
All postdoc positions are at least 2 years but could be extended or lead to other more senior positions.
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Gari D. Clifford at Emory University/Georgia Tech, or for more information.
Insight is now accepting applications from graduating students for our fellowships in:
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The Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee is seeking motivated post-doctoral candidates to develop their translational research career in biophotonics and imaging of cutaneous manifestations of cancer and its treatments. Multimodal dermatologic imaging techniques including 3D photography, hyperspectral imaging, and confocal microscopy, coupled to image analysis techniques including deep learning neural networks, will be applied in ongoing multicenter clinical trials and basic science research. Initial appointment will be for one year with annual renewal options.
Candidates will benefit from a personalized research program catered to their goals utilizing resources and mentoring within the VUMC Division of Oncology and the Division of Dermatology as well as The Biophotonics Center within the Vanderbilt Department of Biomedical Engineering. The renowned Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center brings together clinicians, basic scientists, engineers and statisticians in close collaboration due to its interdisciplinary research and close physical proximity of the School of Medicine to the School of Engineering (100-200 yards).  Representative research is described on our websites:
Ph.D. or equivalent degree with expertise in at least one of the following: computer science, dermatologic imaging, multivariate data analysis, optical spectroscopy, image processing, optical design, clinical device validation, clinical trials, immunology, or biomarkers. The Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an equal opportunities employer. 
Application and contact:
Interested applicants are requested to mail their CV, a one-page personal statement, and two letters of recommendation with reference phone numbers and email addresses to: 
Eric Tkaczyk, MD, PhD, Director, Cutaneous Imaging Clinic, Vanderbilt Dermatology, One Hundred Oaks Suite 26300, 719 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204 (


Application call for a postdoctoral fellowship position at Pfizer, Cambridge, USA

Postdoctoral Fellow, Systems Modeling
The Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) Lab in Pfizer’s Internal Medicine Research Unit (IMRU) is responsible for developing insights to help advance IMRU clinical candidates; identifying and evaluating promising new therapeutic targets through physiologically-based modeling and simulation; and analysis and interpretation of preclinical and clinical data. We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate to develop and analyze mechanistic, mathematical  models of cardiac and skeletal muscle mitochondria metabolism to enable the in silico testing of mechanistic hypotheses of metabolic inflexibility with the ultimate goal of improving the identification and evaluation of therapeutic targets for heart failure (HF) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
Please visit the following link for more information:
Starting date: June 2018 (negotiable)
If interested, please apply with a cover letter and a CV via the above link or contact


MIT's Lab for Computational Physiology at Institute for Medical Engineering & Science (IMES) has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Associate in Machine Learning for Medicine. We are seeking a highly-motivated individual to join a multidisciplinary research team to develop machine learning techniques for medicine, physiological modeling, and treatment decision support. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an outstanding capability for independent research in machine learning. Candidate must hold a PhD degree in

Computer Science, Machine Learning, Statistics, or a related field. The successful candidate will work with researchers and faculty members from MIT IMES, CSAIL, and members of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab.

In addition to a curriculum vitae, applicants should submit a short statement of research interest to Li Lehman (

Please see the following URL for more details



Gritstone Oncology is a privately-held, next-generation personalized cancer immunotherapy company. Gritstone brings together distinguished scientific founders, an experienced and diverse management team, a seasoned and successful board of directors and deep financial backing to tackle fundamental challenges at the intersection of cancer genomics, immunology, and immunotherapy design. The Company’s initial goal is to identify and deploy neoantigens for novel treatments for lung and gastric cancer. In addition to neoantigen therapy development, Gritstone is leveraging its unique antigen discovery platform to define targets for shared antigen immunotherapies, which would provide an opportunity to treat even more patients.
Gritstone Oncology is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with key functions located in Cambridge, MA and Pleasanton, CA. The company launched in October 2015 and has received funding from leading blue-chip biotechnology investors, including Versant Ventures, The Column Group, Clarus Funds, Frazier Healthcare Partners, RedMile, Casdin Capital, Lilly Asia Ventures, Trinitas Capital, GV, and Alexandria Venture Investments.
Gritstone Oncology is seeking a Bioinformatics Scientist to help harness the immune system to treat cancer. The Bioinformatics Scientist will perform analyses of industry leading proprietary and public genomic and proteomic datasets to find actionable biological insights.
We are looking for an independent and flexible team player who will thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic, and highly collaborative environment. This is an opportunity to work for a wellfunded early biotechnology company where bioinformatics analyses drive personalized cancer treatments.
Interested candidates should send CV with cover letter to James Sun (
Specific responsibilities:
  • Develop and perform novel, rigorous bioinformatics analyses
  • Work closely with other computational and experimental scientists to design experiments



Molecular Neuro-otology and Biotechnology Laboratory seeks Experienced Stem Cell Biologist
We are looking for an outstanding stem cell biologist with a strong scientific background and proven accomplishments in deriving and differentiating human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) into neural cell types for functional genomics, target validation, and drug screening with a focus on neurodegenerative disorders and hearing loss. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the maintenance, differentiation and characterization of human pluripotent stem cell-derived lines. Extensive hands-on experience in working with neurons and/or Schwann cells, developing complex functional assays, small molecule screening, and high-content imaging is preferred. Experience with molecular techniques (including qPCR, ELISA, and western blotting) is required. Excellent multi-tasking skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently are required. Strong communication and people skills are required as well as a desire to work in a fast-paced, highly collaborative, translational research group working at the interface of neuroscience, stem cell biology, and novel therapeutic development.
The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, and will have a PhD degree, MD/PhD degree or a related degree in Biology, Neurobiology, or related science with at least 3 years of experience in human stem cell biology and assay development.
The laboratory is located at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a premier research and clinical institution, which is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. The laboratory is situated at the heart of a world-renowned, vibrant scientific environment centered around Massachusetts General Hospital in historic downtown Boston and within walking distance of MIT and the Broad and Whitehead Institutes.

Funding is available for an initial period of two years, starting immediately. Interested candidates should send their CV to the address below and be prepared to supply three letters of reference upon request.
Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD, FACS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School; Director, Molecular Neuro-Otology and Biotechnology Laboratory Massachusetts Eye and Ear, 243 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114 Phone: 617-573-3972 (



Location: Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Description: Structural and Functional MRI analysis, Cognitive Neuroscience, Signal Processing
Project: Investigating brain networks in clinical populations and healthy controls
Summary: The project involves analysis of structural and functional brain connectivity in clinical populations and healthy controls with a focus on language, reading, and motor networks. Applicants should have advanced MRI/fMRI and DWI analysis skills; and solid experience in task-related and resting-state functional connectivity analysis. Responsibilities will include development and modification of project-specific analysis streams, statistical analysis, and preparation of manuscripts for publication.
Requirements: Applicants with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Cognitive Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology or a closely related field are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidate will have a strong background in structural and functional MR analysis, image processing (e.g. Freesurfer, FSL, AFNI) and be proficient in  programming (Matlab, Python, C) and statistics. Good spoken and written skills are essential.
The position is available immediately and applications will be considered on an ongoing basis until position is filled. Salary will be in keeping with NIH guidelines. A one year, full-time commitment is required. The Martinos Center offers a dynamic and exciting environment in which to work and expand one's skills with state-of-the art multimodal imaging facilities.
Applications should be sent to Maria Mody, Ph.D. at and should include the candidate's CV, a statement of interest, and three letters of recommendation.



Two postdoctoral positions in experimental and computational biology are available in the Naxerova laboratory at the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

The Naxerova lab studies the evolutionary history of cancer, using a blend of high-throughput experimental and computational approaches. We are interested in understanding how processes of mutation and selection in normal (stem) cells set the stage for cancer evolution. Once a tumor develops, how does tissue-specific selection shape the cancer genome? How can we take advantage of genetic intra-tumor heterogeneity to gain insights into the life history of a cancer? A particular interest of the lab is metastasis evolution. Do metastases arise from distinct clones with special, genetically encoded properties or do they represent random samples of the primary tumor? Do all metastases arise independently from the primary tumor, or do they give rise to each other? Does metastatic spread happen early or late in tumor development? Perhaps most importantly, is there a correlation between the evolutionary history of metastases and clinical outcomes? These questions are difficult to study in humans because it is challenging to reconstruct occult events that happened years before diagnosis. We are developing and applying new methods for lineage tracing in human cancer, with the ultimate goal of understanding a tumor’s entire evolution from the founder cell to lethal systemic disease.

We have exciting new projects investigating metastasis patterns in colorectal cancer and melanoma and are looking for two postdoctoral fellows or PhD students to join the team. Both experimentally and computationally inclined candidates are encouraged to apply. We are implementing experimental methods that generate large amounts of complex data and can thus offer fertile playing grounds to both experimentalists and bioinformaticians.
There are no specific requirements for the job – we can teach you all the specifics here – but you should really burn for cancer genetics, enjoy grappling with difficult problems, be friendly and collegial, and have a track record in academic science that shows your commitment to this line of work.
The Center for Systems Biology (CSB), a multidisciplinary thematic center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, houses a vibrant scientific community united by its interest in integrative biology and translational medicine. CSB and the larger Harvard community in which it is embedded offer near limitless opportunities for education and interdisciplinary collaboration. MGH offers excellent benefits to all employees and is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.
To apply, please send a brief (less than 1 page) statement describing your interest in cancer (phylo-) genetics and your CV to Serena Sullivan (, CSB, Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Suite 5.210, Boston, MA 02114.



The Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Program is currently recruiting postdoctoral fellows. 

The Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) program is an integrated, three-year cross-disciplinary postdoctoral training program at Stanford University that brings together 33 faculty mentors from 14 departments in the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences. Molecular imaging, the non-invasive monitoring of specific molecular and biochemical processes in living organisms, continues to expand its applications in the detection and management of cancer. SMIS faculty mentors provide a diverse training environment spanning biology, physics, mathematics, biocomputation/biomedical informatics, engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, cancer biology, immunology, and medical sciences. The centerpiece of the SMIS program is the opportunity for trainees (PhD or MD with an emphasis on PhD) to conduct innovative molecular imaging research that is co-mentored by faculty in complementary disciplines. SMIS trainees also engage in specialized coursework, seminars, national conferences, clinical rounds, including ethics training and the responsible conduct of research. The three-year program culminates with the preparation and review of a mock NIH grant proposal, in support of trainee transition to an independent career in cancer molecular imaging.
  • Candidate must have an MD or PhD degree
  • Candidate must be a US citizen, or a non-citizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Card (1-151 or 1-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.
Application Deadline: June 11, 2018



Elektrofi is a drug delivery startup focusing on revolutionizing the delivery of biologics. The company was founded by an interdisciplinary MIT-based team. We are headquartered in Boston, MA.

1. Formulation Scientist 
Position summary
Elektrofi is looking for a Formulation Scientist that will play key roles in the development of its biologics delivery platform. This individual will join an early-stage, multidisciplinary team of scientists and contribute to a variety of formulation activities in a highly collaborative environment.
Day to day activities and opportunities
  • Perform full analytical testing to support product characterization
  • Formulation of various proteins for stability testing
  • Perform process development activities and molecular characterization
  • Identify opportunities for improvement and efficiency needed to meet critical corporate objectives, encompassing the areas of analytical method development
  • Create and manage method protocols, data, and reports
Key qualifications
It is anticipated that strong candidates will possess:
  • a Ph.D. or M.S. in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering or a related field
  • two years of industry experience is a plus;
  • formulation experience with biologics;
  • experience working in a regulated environment is a plus;
  • experience working in an analytical biotechnology, quality control or R&D setting;
  • an ability to think critically and constructively in a fast-paced research environment;
  • strong scientific ideation skills and resourcefulness in testing related hypotheses;
  • sharp laboratory acumen and organizational skills; and
  • a demonstrated proficiency in effective written and oral communication.
Ideal candidates may also have experience with continuous processing systems; alternative drying technologies, e.g., lyophilization; drug product regulatory environments, protein formulation paradigms, and bioanalytical characterization techniques.
If you are a highly motivated self-starter with an interest in disruptive biotechnology, please apply through LinkedIn or send your CV/resume to
2. Biomanufacturing Engineer
Position summary
Elektrofi is looking for a Biomanufacturing Engineer that will play a key role in the development of its biologics delivery platform. This individual will join an early-stage, multidisciplinary team of scientists and contribute to a variety of process development and formulation activities in a highly collaborative environment.
Day to day activities and opportunities
  • Synthesize commercially-feasible processes based on existing proprietary benchtop methods
  • Design, prototype, and implement pilot-scale processing hardware
  • Perform process-related characterizations of various proteins
  • Identify opportunities for fundamental and/or process-related innovation in the formulation method
  • Lead various process-related industry partnerships 
Key qualifications
It is anticipated that strong candidates will possess:
  • a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field;
  • at least four years of industry experience;
  • a background in drug particle formulation;
  • direct experience with pharmaceutical spray dryers, spray freeze dryers, and/or related particle formation technologies;
  • experience working in a quality controlled and/or regulated R&D environments;
  • an ability to think critically and constructively in a fast-paced research environment;
  • strong scientific ideation skills and resourcefulness in testing related hypotheses;
  • sharp laboratory acumen and organizational skills; and
  • a demonstrated proficiency in effective written and oral communication.
Ideal candidates may also have experience with continuous processing systems; alternative drying technologies, e.g., lyophilization; drug product regulatory environments, protein formulation paradigms, and bioanalytical characterization techniques.
If you are a highly motivated self-starter with an interest in disruptive biotechnology, please apply through LinkedIn or send your CV/resume to


This is a part time (20-30 hours) programmer/analyst position on completing epidemiology-based computer simulation models of diseases in human populations to support ongoing health policy research studies in precision and genomic medicine.  The person in this position would be responsible for programming in C++ or R, data management and assisting investigators with statistical analyses of clinical and economic data.

Interested candidates should contact Kelly Horan ( or apply here online.  
Science Corps was founded by Dr. Eddy Rubin, CSO at Metabiota and a geneticist and genomicist who has spent more than 25 years as a member of the faculty of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California where he also served as the Director of the DOE Joint Genome Institute where he played a major role in the Human Genome Project.
Our mission is to take recent STEM Ph.D. graduates, as Science Corps fellows, and have them teach in scientifically developing countries.
For more in-depth information, please visit and or email
The Dystonia and Speech Motor Control Laboratory at Mass Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital has several open postdoctoral fellow positions to study normal and diseased organization of large-scale networks controlling highly skilled motor behaviors. We employ multimodal neuroimaging methodologies, including task-production, resting-state and pharmacological fMRI, high-resolution structural MRI, diffusion weighted imaging, and direct intracranial EEG, to examine brain functional, effective and structural connectivity in healthy individuals and patients with neurological disorders - dystonia and epilepsy. Our analytic approaches include, but are not limited to, graph theoretical analysis of large-scale neural networks, the application of novel machine learning algorithms for diagnostic and predictive classification of neurological disorders, and neural population modeling. In addition, we are examining the interplay between imaging, behavioral and genetics factors that contribute to the pathophysiology of neurological disorders.
The postdoctoral fellow will function as part of a multidisciplinary team of neuroscientists, geneticists, neurologists and laryngologists at Mass Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital and in collaboration with neurosurgeons at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Responsibilities will include the conduct of all aspects of the research protocol, such as the development, modification and execution of data analysis, preparation of publications and scientific presentations, dissemination of the results through peerreviewed scientific journals and at the major national and international meetings, and mentoring the junior staff. Excellent opportunities exist for various scientific interactions and collaborations with experts in the fields of neuroscience, movement disorders, and genetics as well as for participation in the extensive programs of seminars, symposia, and other relevant meetings within Harvard Medical School.
The postdoctoral fellow may work on one or more projects.
(I) Machine learning for identification and validation of neuroimaging and genetic markers of dystonia and the prediction of risk for dystonia development.
(II) Graph theoretical analysis, machine learning and pharmacogenomics for identification of primary mechanistic markers of action of a novel oral medication in patients with dystonia.
(III) Abnormalities of brain activation and neural networks across different forms of task-specific focal dystonia using a combination of structural and functional neuroimaging techniques, genetic analysis, and behavioral neurotesting.
(I) Graph theoretical analysis of high-resolution intracranial EEG data for identification of the topology of large-scale neural connectivity in epilepsy and the development of neural markers for prediction of epileptic seizures.
Normal speech production
(I) Development and implementation of large-scale neural population models incorporating neurotransmission for simulation and prediction of brain activity during speech production.
Qualifications and Skills
  • PhD in neuroscience, mathematics, computer science, bioengineering, or related fields
  • Exceptionally strong computational and biostatistical skills to implement and integrate the analysis of
    multi-dimensional imaging, clinical and/or genetic datasets
  • Solid experience in Python, MATLAB, and C
  • Strong experience in algorithmic design, mathematical models (primarily stochastic differential equation systems), and analysis and integration of dynamic systems
  • Independent, self-motivated with a proven track record of productive research
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in collaboration with multiple investigators
  • Strong publication record and excellent academic credentials
Position Duration
Full-time, 1-year initial contract, renewable annually contingent upon performance.
Commensurate with experience according to the Mass Eye and Ear Policies and Procedures.
The positions are available immediately and applications are considered on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled.
How to Apply
The application should be sent to Dr. Kristina Simonyan at and should include the candidate’s CV with the list of publications, a statement of interest in the position, and the names and contact information of at least three professional referees. The candidate may also apply for job via the link
Location: Bedford, MA
Vivonics, Inc. has a unique opportunity for a creative principal investigator / biomedical engineer to provide technical direction, lead proposal efforts and technical project execution for government-funded medical device product development efforts.  
Duties And Responsibilities
The Principal Biomedical Engineer is responsible for contributing to the company’s technical vision, developing technology/product roadmaps, technical business development support, and providing leadership of the company‘s technology development in their areas of expertise. This position is responsible for developing creative solutions to significant unmet medical needs in the Vivonics focus area, developing government proposals to fund technology development and providing technical leadership to funded projects.  The Principal Biomedical Engineer plays an integral role in setting the company’s strategic direction, development and future growth.
The Principal Biomedical Engineer will also be responsible for leading teams developing hardware and software for a variety of applications, potentially including non-invasive physiological monitoring, bio-material development, physiological stimulation, medical related applications and algorithms, telemedicine, and others.  This position involves technical leadership, proposal development, and individual technical contributions including:
  • Work with the CEO and business development team to identify important unmet medical needs that address a significant potential market and can be addressed by technology in the Vivonics focus area.
  • Develop concepts for new technology solutions to challenging problems that are candidates for government funding to pursue development.
  • Create development approach for new technologies, including proof of concept and validation study design.
  • Author core technical sections of proposals for government funding and review/edit entire proposals.  It is expected that in the first year, >50% of the person’s time will be focused on winning new business.
  • Provide technical leadership to project teams to ensure that development efforts address the underlying user needs and technology gaps.
  • Communicate with sponsors, collaborators, potential customers and Vivonics management.
Basic Qualifications
  • An advanced degree in Biomedical Engineering, or related field, with at least 3 years (PhD) or 5+ years (Master’s) of experience leading R&D programs and winning research funding.
  • Working knowledge of human physiology and medical instrumentation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including experience in formulating and writing technical proposals.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to conceive and reduce to practice innovative medical technology product concepts.
  • Good planning and organizational skills as well as technical proficiency in some aspect of product design for software, electrical and/or mechanical systems.  
Additional Desirable Skills And Requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to develop collaborator and customer relationships
  • Strong system engineering design and development capabilities and ability to contribute to multiple simultaneous projects with disparate requirements.  
  • Understanding of problems in military medicine
  • Working knowledge of clinical study design and biostatistics
  • Experience with medical product development under ISO-13485 and FDA QSR.
  • Proven track record in obtaining and managing government grants and contracts.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and learn new skills quickly.  
About Vivonics, Inc.

Vivonics develops biomedical technologies that improve human health and performance.  

Vivonics comprises a core group of engineers and scientists specializing in a wide range of disciplines including biomedical, mechanical, electrical and software engineering. Our team is strengthened by a network of world-class clinical and academic collaborators.  We work in teams pulled from our internal group and external network, with each team composed of the right expertise for each project at each stage of development.

Vivonics is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package.
Intereted? Contact Carolyn Fuchs, Human Resources (


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We all know that 75-80% of the jobs are not posted anywhere and most of these jobs are filled through referrals and networking. It takes months to network and find the right opportunities. Neerja Bharti, Sloan EMBA 15 has launched GeniusMesh to solve that particular problem within the MIT ecosystem.

GeniusMesh is a trusted job search platform that connects MIT AlumCos (companies founded or with current alumni) with MIT candidates looking for Sr. Manager to Executive roles. Being a trusted site for both parties, finding the right candidate for an existing job search or future potential opportunity becomes easy. You would be able to find a contract, contract to hire or full-time opportunities faster. Both local, as well as international candidates, would be able to take advantage of our platform.
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