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Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical Engineer

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PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time


Biomedical Engineer

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


Job Summary

Are you excited by working on cutting edge research and technology development in the area of wearable technology and assistive devices? Do you have an interest in how academic research can be translated to innovative products? Do you get excited about enabling a future where sensors can collect rich biomechanical and physiological data to enable athletes to train/recover better, patients to perform rehabilitation at home, or guide older adults how best to exercise to stay mobile? Do you have a passion for sensor development and signal processing and working in fast paced environments and multi-disciplinary teams? If this excites you, come and join our collaborative team at the Harvard Move Lab!

In this role you will work on new sensor development and signal processing approaches for innovating new approaches to analyzing human data over time, including biomechanical and physiological data. You will work with researchers in robotics, bioengineering and computer science, and other exciting fields to explore new ideas for cloud-connected wearable devices that monitor and assist with human movement. You will lead overall sensor development efforts, primarily focusing on overall new approaches for monitoring muscle activity with non-invasive sensors e.g. ultrasound. You will bring strong technical expertise coupled with a demonstrated passion to explore new application areas and use cases.

As a part of a team, you will be subject matter expert in your domain and drive the development of advanced prototypes, working with outside partners as needed for specific technical tasks. The Harvard Move Lab is assembling the tools, space, expertise, and relationships necessary to support entrepreneurial teams to launch new ventures and bring these innovations to life. This role will afford the successful candidate a unique opportunity to witness their work having a direct and meaningful impact on peoples’ lives, and the potential to pursue their passions with like-minded innovators and possibly be involved with start-ups that may launch from Harvard.  The successful candidate will be joining an exciting innovation ecosystem in our new Science and Engineering Complex in Allston, next to the Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Harvard Innovation Labs. Learn more about us at movelab.seas.harvard.edu.

Position Description

  • Work with the team to develop design specifications for components of new wearable sensor concepts and contribute to the conceptualization, detailed design, fabrication and testing of these components.
  • Perform systems engineering level analysis that could include initial system development analysis, such as elicitation of user information, formalizing this information in the form of workflow analyses & personas, and translating this information into technology development requirements.
  • Create technical documentation and representations of conceptual and detailed designs so that they can be shared with team members and outside vendors.
  • Assist with the testing of wearable technology components on bench top models and during lab-based and field-based human subject testing experiments.
  • Collect and document feedback and integrate the resulting information from testing into analyses and technology development plans and prioritizations.
  • Contribute to the preparation of demonstration prototypes, internal reports, patent applications and presentations. Report on goals and deliverables to project stakeholders and provide progress updates at regular team meetings.

Basic Qualifications

  • BS or equivalent degree in biomedical, electrical engineering, computer science or a related degree.
  • At least three years of related experience. Advanced education in a related field may count towards years of experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Experience with electrical engineering design, simulation software, prototyping, system integration, Knowledge on human physiology, medical applications, and/or bioinstrumentation and experience in human signal processing and systems engineering.
  • Experience with wearable sensors and data collection during human subjects studies.
  • Experience with data acquisition (e.g. Matlab) for experimental biomedical and wearable systems. 
  • Strong creativity, initiative, organization, and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Capable of engaging in solving problems that currently do not have well defined solutions and ability to take ownership to create and execute on deliverables.
  • Willingness to work outside of your discipline to accomplish project goals and support teammates needing expertise from your domain.

Bonus Skills/Experience:
  • Strong technical background in developing physiological signal processing algorithms with sufficient understanding of the related mathematics.
  • Previous experience in wearable and medical technologies, medical device design, human interface design, quality systems, and/or engineering design.
  • Experience with embedded systems and PCB design. 
  • Knowledge and experience working with various fabrication sources and component vendors. 
  • Knowledge of engineering documentation and lab procedures. 
  • Prior experience in software development or use pertaining to data acquisition and control. 
  • Experience in firmware and/or software development.

Working Conditions

The work is performed in a lab environment. 

Additional Information

  • This is a 2-year term position with the possibility of renewal.
  • The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences does not provide visa sponsorship for staff positions.
  • Please submit a cover letter and a resume.
  • This role will be based full-time on campus at our new Science & Engineering Complex, located at 150 Western Ave, Allston, MA.
  • The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Work Format Details

This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

About Us

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


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function


Department Office Location

USA - MA - Allston

Job Code

395057 Engineer

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SEAS Research Staff


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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