Harvard University John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Location: USA - MA - Allston
Internal Number: 60289BR
The John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University (SEAS) seeks a talented, creative and enthusiastic individual to contribute to the research, development and prototyping using soft goods, textiles and apparel related to assistive technologies and education and outreach. The individual will support ongoing research and translational efforts and interact with other researchers as well as external clinical collaborators, patients and industry partners. Reporting to the Harvard Biodesign Lab faculty PI and collaborating closely with other researchers, the staff Industrial Designer will provide expertise and leadership in soft goods and industrial design and support the lab's research, product development, and technology translation efforts. This position will oversee and manage the lab's soft goods and apparel fabrication tools.
Interact with potential end-users of wearable and medical technologies, such as individuals with physical impairments, physical therapists, factory workers, and athletes, and identify unmet clinical needs that may be used to motivate technology development.
Develop an understanding of the functional requirements of various wearable embodiments through focus groups, literature reviews, discussions with engineers, scientists, and biomechanists.
Document findings and in collaboration with other researchers, staff and faculty develop and test engineering concepts against identified user needs.
Provide design input, soft goods selection, iterative soft goods fabrication for wearable technical garments with a focus on simplifying construction, reducing weight, mass, and bulk for ergonomic and user friendly form factors.
Explore how mechanical and textile components can be combined to create new functionality in soft wearables to achieve the specific functional requirements of the applications.
Create technical drawings / sketches / graphics and representations of concept designs such that construction information and strategic concepts can be reviewed by other team members and used for reports, presentations and grant/patent applications.
Develop instructional materials based on soft goods design and fabrication procedures for sharing with other research team members and use for external education and outreach efforts that can also enable people without sewing and pattern making skills to create soft wearable components.
Test constructed garments for functionality and usability with target audiences, collect and document feedback, and identify necessary metrics to measure and optimize various system parameters against functional requirements.
Interface with industry sponsors to move projects to translation through input on design and construction for manufacturing.
This is a 2-year term position with the possibility of renewal.
Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to be considered for this position.
The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences does not provide visa sponsorship for staff positions.
This role will be based full-time on campus at our new Science & Engineering Complex in Allston, MA.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including generous paid vacation, sick and personal days, 12.5 paid holidays, and paid winter recess between Christmas and New Years' Day. $40 tuition per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools, and much, much more. For more details, please visit www.hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards.
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Bachelor's degree in industrial design or a related field, plus a minimum of three years of relevant post degree experience with soft goods construction.
5+ years of experience with technically sophisticated soft goods design projects desired.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively across a wide variety of disciplines including technical engineering staff.
Ability to fabricate designs within tight timelines to create both presentation appropriate models and functionally appropriate models for rigorous testing.
Experience interacting with end-users to clearly identify design opportunities, human factors studies, ethnographic research, making multi-dimensional design tradeoffs, creating sketches of design concepts during ideation, creating sketch models to show to end-users and other team members, working with materials to prototype ergonomic and easily manufacturable devices.
Ability to conceive of, prototype, and build tech packages for complex patterns integrating multiple fabrics and trims.
Experience with sample construction using industrial sewing machines is a plus.
Experience with draping, hand drafting, technical sketching, and prototyping to communicate apparel concepts.
Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, XD
Digital UI/UX design experience a plus.
Strong 2D (sketching) and 3D (model making, prototyping) visualization skills.
Excellent organizational and presentation skills, creativity, and communication ability.
Knowledge of CAD Pattern software such as Optitex/Gerber is a plus.
Office productivity software (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
Willingness to tackle multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to work at all levels to accomplish team goals.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Harvard University John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.